Viterra Inc.

Viterra Inc.

June 11, 2009 12:53 ET

Viterra Adds Top Performing Flax Variety to its Proprietary Seed Offering

REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - June 11, 2009) - Viterra Inc. (TSX:VT) is pleased to announce the launch of NuLin™ 50, the first high omega-3 flax variety to be registered in Canada.  NuLin 50 was developed by Viterra's flax research team and exhibits several traits, including high yields and improved oil content, desired by growers and end users.

"Viterra operates a world class research and development program dedicated to bringing top quality products to market," said Doug Wonnacott, Viterra's Senior Vice-President, Agri-products. "NuLin 50 is an identity preserved crop, with an oil profile and omega-3 content ideal for a wide range of applications in nutritious food, feed and industrial sectors, with the potential to create value for both producers and destination customers."

Current nutritional information about dietary fats has raised awareness among consumers about the health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids found in flax.  Recent trial data comparing NuLin 50 to CDC Bethune, Canada's most popular flax variety, demonstrated:

  • NuLin 50 yields 103% of CDC Bethune;
  • NuLin 50's oil content is 1.5% higher;
  • NuLin 50's iodine value is 210, compared to 189 for CDC Bethune; and
  • NuLin 50 contains 12.9% more omega-3.

Viterra operates one of the largest flax breeding programs in the world, with a direct focus on creating value-added opportunities for Canadian farmers.  Based in Vegreville, Alberta, Viterra's flax research team generates and evaluates approximately 30,000 NuLin flax strains annually.  The most promising varieties are then tested through Viterra's field network across Western Canada, vital to ensuring high performance.

NuLin 50 will be available for the 2010 growing season.

Viterra Inc. is Canada's leading agribusiness, with extensive operations and distribution capabilities across Western Canada, and with operations in the United States, Japan, Singapore and Geneva.  The Company is diversified into sales and services of crop inputs and equipment, grain handling and marketing, livestock feed, agri-food processing and financial products.  These operations are complemented by value-added businesses and strategic alliances, which allow Viterra to leverage its pivotal position between Prairie farmers and destination customers.  The Company's common shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol VT.

Contact Information

  • Viterra Inc.
    Peter Flengeris
    Investor Relations and Corporate Affairs
    (306) 569-4810