January 16, 2008 08:30 ET

Ceapro Expands Certified-Organic™ Line Signing Two Specialist US Distributors

EDMONTON, ALBERTA, CANADA--(Marketwire - Jan. 16, 2008) - Ceapro Inc. (TSX VENTURE:CZO) has signed two US distribution agreements for its certified-organic™ lines, with KAH Specialty Products of New Jersey and Harris & Ford in the Midwest. Both are specialists in the growing organic natural ingredients sector (1).These signings build on the recently announced European distribution agreement with Laserson S.A. in France.

Said Mark Redmond, President and CEO of Ceapro, "Our focus is on expanding the markets for Ceapro's ingredients by geography and market sector to include the organic personal care markets and pharmaceutical clients. These are important new partners for Ceapro, granting access to markets and customers complimentary to those served by our existing distribution network."

Ceapro's commitment to natural ingredients is comprehensive; products are derived from plants grown under recognized organic farming methods and are officially certified as organic. Ceapro's manufacturing facility has organic certification allowing for certified organic plants to be processed. Manufacturing uses solvents and chemicals certified as GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe), and new techniques have been developed to help reduce water waste and emissions

About KAH Specialty Products, LLC

KAH is a distributor of specialty ingredients for use in creams, lotions, make-ups and other cosmetic product types, including sunscreens, actives, functionals and botanical ingredients. KAH offers custom-made, highly specialized ingredients for the nutraceutical and cosmetics markets.

About Harris & Ford

Located in Indianapolis -- the Crossroads of America -- Harris & Ford is a major distributor of chemicals, ingredients and related products and services to food, cosmetic, pharmaceutical, water and industrial customers. With more than 35 years of combined experience in chemicals, ingredients and related products and services, Harris & Ford is well respected for the vision, integrity and proficiency it brings to the distribution business.

About Ceapro Inc.

Ceapro Inc. is a Canadian growth-stage biotechnology company whose primary business activities relate to the development and commercialization of organic products for medical, cosmetic and animal health industries using proprietary technology and natural, renewable resources. We will also be applying our technology to become an active participant in the bio-energy sector. We have introduced health and wellness services employing our CeaProve® diagnostic technology. To learn more about Ceapro, visit www.ceapro.com

(1) A study from Kline & Co shows demand for personal care products derived from natural ingredients in the USA and Western European consumer markets is registering double-digit expansion, and is projected to total roughly $7 billion by 2012.

The TSX Venture has neither approved nor disapproved of the information contained herein - This release may contain forward-looking statements. Various factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in forward-looking statements. Although the Company believes that the forward-looking statements contained herein are reasonable, it can give no assurance that the Company's expectations are correct. All forward-looking statements are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement.

Contact Information

  • Ceapro Inc.
    Dr. Mark Redmond
    President and CEO
    (Edmonton): 780-421-4555
    Sun International Communications
    Nicole Blanchard, B.Sc., B.Comm.
    Managing Partner
    (Montreal): 450-973-6600