SOURCE: Acaizone and GCI Nutrients USA

January 07, 2008 22:23 ET

Açaízone Announces Exclusive Agreement With GCI Nutrients to Supply Organic Açaí Berry Raw Materials for Nutraceutical Products

Açaízone Partnership With Herbal Supplement Pioneer GCI Nutrients Will Create New Distribution Channel for Clarified and Purified Açaí Raw Materials

IRVINE, CA--(Marketwire - January 7, 2008) - Açaízone, LLC, a leading supplier of raw materials, clarifies, distillates and powders from exotic fruits, has announced an agreement to provide GCI Nutrients with high grade organic Açaí clarified and juice powder (water soluble) for use in a variety of nutraceutical products. Native to the Amazon rainforests of Brazil, Açaí (Euterpe Oleracea) is a palm berry high in antioxidants and omega fatty acids and is widely considered the most nutritionally beneficial known fruit.

Based in Irvine, Calif., Açaízone is a leading manufacturer of clarified and extracts such as the Açaí berry, Guarana, Pomegranate, Goji, mangosteen and others for the nutraceutical industry. Founded in 1970 by Richard A. Merriam as Greater Continents World-Wide, Inc., GCI Nutrients is headquartered in Foster City, Calif. and is a global importer and supplier of raw ingredients for the production of pharmaceutical-grade herbal supplements, organic powders, and functional nutraceutical raw materials.

"Our new relationship with GCI Nutrients creates a wonderful partnership that we believe will dramatically broaden the use of Açaízone's high quality Açaí berry in a host of healthful products," said Jim Saunders, founder of Açaízone, LLC. "It is especially timely as we have just recently introduced several revolutionary new forms of Açaí, including organic Açaí, Açaí clarified juice, Açaí dried and water soluble powders and Açaí essence, all produced with unique processing techniques.

Traditionally used as a food source and medicine by the Caboclo, the aboriginal peoples native to the Amazon rainforest, the Açaí berry has become widely popular as a primary ingredient in beverages, herbal supplements, smoothies, sorbets and skin lotions. Studies of the nutritive properties of Açaí have shown it contains ten vitamins (Vitamin A, C, E, B-1 and B-12) as well as essential amino acids, minerals, and trace elements. Rich in antioxidants, Açaí helps boost the immune system, regulates cholesterol levels, promotes cardio and circulatory health, slows aging and energizes. As popularity of the purple colored fruit juice has skyrocketed in recent years, many have credited Açaí with helping bring the daily use of nutraceuticals into the mainstream.

As an importer and processor of exotic fruit and botanical ingredients, Açaízone's researchers have developed advanced clarification processes, both to maintain nutritive integrity and purity. Among the firm's areas of specialty are water soluble juice and extract powders for the beverage industry, clarified, clarified concentrates, and color-free Açaí distillate.

"Our unique process of clarification allows for the highest retention of the active ingredients of Açaí, including its antioxidant properties," stated Mr. Saunders. "The result is an enhancement of the flavor and taste characteristics of the berry and an elimination of solids, lipids and other impurities found in Açaí that can cause processing and stability problems."

Among the services the new association offers its clients are (1) product development, (2) custom processing and (3) product R&D such as market research and retail packaging.

"We are launching a number of innovative new Açaí products," Mr. Saunders said. "Our Açaí juice line now includes Açaí clarified, clarified concentrate and distillate and an antioxidant rich Açaí oil for use in nutraceuticals, cosmetic applications and food grade oils. These products do not have any added fruit juice fillers, artificial sweeteners or sugars not naturally occurring in the açaí fruit."

Why Organic Açaí from Açaízone is better:

--  Enhanced flavor and taste characteristic of Açaí
    
--  Never any added fruit juice fillers, artificial sweeteners or sugar
    not naturally occurring in the Açaí fruit
    
--  Unique process allows for the highest retention levels of active
    ingredients such as Anthocyanin and Polyphenol Antioxidants
    
--  Elimination of solids, lipids and other impurities naturally found in
    the Açaí fruit
    
--  Only certified Kosher and Organic ingredients
    

Açaízone, LLC is a manufacturer and exporter of the highest quality ingredients of nutraceuticals and cosmeceuticals available today. Açaízone is a complete source for many of the world's most exotic fruits and popular raw materials, from container-loads to custom batch orders of fruit pulp/purees, concentrates and powders for use in nutritional supplements and functional beverage applications. The company is a leading supplier of water soluble, freeze-dried powders ideally suited for the beverage industry, including Açaí, Camu Camu, Guava, Passion fruit, Acerola and many more.

Located at 18 Technology Drive, Suite 145 Irvine, CA 92618 USA Tel: 949-450-0675 Toll Free (within the U.S.): 877-999-7821

GCI Nutrients is a wholly owned subsidiary of Greater Continents Worldwide, a Nevada corporation. Since 1970, GCI has been building partnerships with our customers and vendors by offering a robust product line coupled with exceptional customer service and informational support. GCI's product bulletins feature exciting new cutting-edge product introductions, and our comprehensive website details our complete line of high-quality products www.gcinutrients.com and www.nutrientlibrary.com. This marketing support, coupled with GCI's ongoing product research, helps keep our business partners 'ahead of the pack.'

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