GLG Life Tech Corporation

GLG Life Tech Corporation

May 07, 2008 06:00 ET

GLG Life Tech Corporation and Weider Global Nutrition Sign Letter of Intent for Sale of Consumer Products

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - May 7, 2008) - GLG Life Tech Corporation ("GLG") (TSX:GLG) announced today that it has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Weider Global Nutrition ("WGN") of Salt Lake City, Utah, to establish a joint venture agreement (Venture) dedicated to the sale of dietary and tabletop supplements containing various GLG stevia products.

"This Venture is another major milestone for GLG. Our company will work closely with WGN to develop high-quality stevia products directly for the consumer market. It is a perfect marriage of the manufacturing expertise of GLG and the sales and marketing expertise of WGN. The long-term commitment between GLG and WGN to our business provides yet another solid foundation for future growth," said Brian Palmieri, Chief Executive Officer of GLG.

Further to the news release dated March 14, 2008, which announced GLG's launch of its consumer products division, the Venture is expected to significantly advance this new initiative. Weider Global Nutrition currently has a presence in over 100 countries and will establish strong inroads for the Venture into mass markets. The Venture will also allow WGN to capitalize on existing markets where WGN is currently positioned that include companies in the grocery, mass market, drug store and specialty store sectors.

"With global obesity and health-conscious consumers in mind, we are pleased to bring GLG's high-grade stevia material to the market," stated Rick Blair, Chief Executive Officer of Weider Global Nutrition. "WGN will be using product provided by the Venture in as many products as possible. We have already acquired formulated material from GLG for sale to a major mass market retailer. In addition, our global network is well positioned to meet growing global demands and we are enthusiastic to be able to contribute in a significant way."

About GLG Life Tech Corporation

GLG Life Tech Corporation specializes in growing, refining, and producing high grade stevia extract, a natural, zero-calorie sweetener. With fully integrated stevia operations, GLG is the leading supplier of high quality stevia production in China. The Corporation is also engaged in the distribution of nutritional products in China and holds exclusive agreements with Weider Global Nutrition and Shandong Yong He Tang Health Products Chain Stores Ltd., whose franchise network includes over 1,400 locations. Please visit for further information.

About Weider Global Nutrition

A heritage of international leadership for nearly 70 years, Joe Weider and the Weider® brand have been educating individuals around the world on all aspects of bodybuilding, fitness, health and wellness. Weider® has earned the trust of the health-conscious by placing quality and the efficacy of products above everything else. Today, the Weider® name is synonymous with health and fitness worldwide and includes quality brands, information, products and services sold in over 120 countries. Since 1936, the Weider brand has been displayed both in the US and throughout the world with association in magazines, nutritional supplements, sporting events, equipment, and brand licensing.

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Contact Information

  • GLG Life Tech Corporation
    Brian Palmieri
    Chief Executive Officer
    (604) 641-1368
    (604) 641-1214 (FAX)
    Weider Global Nutrition
    David Neeley
    Director of Finance and Operations
    (801) 887-5266
    (801) 606-5266 (FAX)