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October 05, 2015
ErgoActive™—Natural L-Ergothioneine Produced by Fermentation is Introduced by Blue California

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, CA – Blue California, announced today the development and commercial production of ErgoActive™, Natural L-Ergothioneine, a dietary antioxidant that could help prevent premature aging and chronic inflammation caused by oxidative stress. ErgoActive™ can be used in a variety of consumer products ranging from topical skin products to beverages and dietary supplements.

Until now, commercially available L-Ergothioneine has been chemically synthesized and sold at a very high price making it extremely difficult for product developers to add this ingredient to antioxidant or anti-aging formulations. Blue California is the first company to produce L- Ergothionine by fermentation making it the only natural form of L-Ergothioneine available in the market today. The company guarantees competitive prices and sustained availability for their trademarked ingredient, while the chemically synthesized form of L-Ergothioneine has been a risky investment for marketers and manufacturers of consumer products

L-Ergothioneine, a unique sulfur-containing amino acid, was discovered in 1909 when it was purified from the ergot mushroom. This amino acid is not synthesized by the body, it must be derived though diet or dietary supplementation. Recently, scientists discovered that mammals have a specific transporter for L-Ergothioneine concentrated in cell mitochondria, suggesting an important physiological role for this amino acid. Depletion of this transporter in the cell’s mitochondria increases the cell’s susceptibility to oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is that may accelerate cell damage causing premature aging and other health related problems.

Cecilia McCollum, Blue California’s Executive Vice President, noted: “we are very excited about introducing this unique amino acid, we believe that dietary supplementation with ErgoActive™ may help control premature aging, chronic inflammation and other health problems related to oxidative stress.” McCollum also offered support to scientists, universities and research institutions interested in the prevention of oxidative stress through dietary supplementation with ErgoActive. “We have sponsored clinical research in the past and know how valuable it would be for the scientific community to have easy access to this ingredient for further study”

For more information please contact Cecilia McCollum at Blue California, 30111 Tomas, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688. Phone: 1-949-635-1990 Fax: 1-949-635-1984, email: sales@bluecal-ingredients.com, http://bluecal-ingredients.com

January 31, 2012
Luo Han Guo (Mogroside V) Certified GRAS Offered by Blue California

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, CA –Blue California, a GMP ingredient manufacturer in Southern California, announced that it has successfully completed GRAS certification by a panel of experts for its BlueSweet™ LHG extract. Blue California’s GRAS selfaffirmation is based on the FDA requirements for GRAS status companies must follow in order to ensure the safety of an ingredient for use in food products.

This new natural sweetener trademarked as BlueSweet™ is derived from Luo Han Guo, also known as monk fruit. This sweet edible fruit has been traditionally consumed in China for hundreds of years for its delicious sweet flavor as well as its expectorant and antitussive properties. During the past four years, Blue California has devoted significant resources to the research and development of natural sweeteners and other natural flavors. BlueSweet™ LHG Extract, standardized to Mogroside V, is a natural alternative to sugar and artificial sweeteners.

Blue California uses innovative technologies and manufacturing processes including, extraction, fermentation, and other technologies to develop and produce high purity natural ingredients. BlueSweet™ LHG is 300 times sweeter than sugar, offers great taste, excellent solubility, stability and almost zero-calories. This ingredient can be produced in different concentrations to meet the requirements for flavors, beverages and a variety of food applications.

Cecilia McCollum, Blue California’s Executive Vice President commented, “We are very pleased to introduce yet another superb natural sweetener for food and beverage applications. We are focused on expanding our food ingredients division and helping customers meet the growing consumer demand for natural sweeteners and flavors.” BlueSweet LHG can be used in products such as protein powders, nutritional bars, beverages, cereals, desserts, yogurts, chewing gum, candies, chocolates, in fact, any food product that requires sweetness and can benefit from reduced calories.

Blue California produces high purity natural ingredients and offers R&D and toll manufacturing services including extraction processing, fermentation, microencapsulation and other solutions under strict ISO-9001:2000 (Quality Management), ISO-14001 (Environmental Management) and cGMP standards and Kosher certification. Blue California’s products are used in many different industries, including food, flavor, cosmetics, beverage and dietary supplements.

For more information, contact Cecilia McCollum at Blue California, 30111 Tomas, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688. (949) 635-1990, (949) 635-1984 Fax, , sales@bluecal-ingredients.com, http://bluecal-ingredients.com

June 8, 2010
Rebaudioside A Produced by Fermentation Announces Blue California

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, CA –Blue California, a manufacturer of purified natural ingredients and producers of Good&Sweet™ Reb-A 99%, a zero-calorie natural sweetener with FDA GRAS, announced today that this high intensity sweetener will be commercially produced using a natural fermentation process in their new large-capacity plant by March, 2011.

The company has already set the standard for purity and taste with their Reb-A 99% and achieved FDA GRAS status for their branded product in a relatively short period of time. Production by fermentation is the next milestone in the industry and offers enormous benefits for the food and beverage industries since it would practically eliminate concerns about availability, something large companies with global reach have. The process would also ensure the highest purity and most competitive price for a product that has the potential to revolutionize the food industry.

Blue California started commercial production of this natural sweetener derived from stevia in December 2007 and achieved the FDA’s GRAS notice for their purified Reb-A 99% by July, 2009. Good Sweet™ Reb-A 99% quickly became the standard in the industry for purity and taste, especially for markets where strict requirements for solvent residue have made this the ingredient of choice.

Steven Chen, Blue California’s President and Director of R&D and Innovation commented, “We are pleased to announce that we have reached the final phase of our research on the fermentation process for Reb-A and are ready to start commercial production during the first quarter of 2011. From the very beginning of our work with purified stevia compounds, our ultimate goal was to produce these ingredients through a natural fermentation process in order to control purity and availability”, the company plans to produce several isolated compounds from stevia and other natural ingredients.

“This is a major achievement for Blue California”, added Cecilia McCollum, Blue California’s Executive Vice President, “this innovative process will also allow us to develop unique combinations of several purified compounds from stevia in the near future and offer this natural sweetener at a price that can be more comparable to the price of sugar”. Sugar prices have increased globally as demand for this product grows in response to the higher costs of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) currently used in massive amounts in beverage and other food products.

Blue California is a recognized industry leader in innovation and manufacture of high purity natural compounds and botanical extracts used in food products, beverage, cosmetics, the flavor industry and dietary supplements.

For more information, contact Cecilia McCollum at Blue California, 30111 Tomas, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688. (949) 635-1990, (949) 635-1984 Fax, , sales@bluecal-ingredients.com, http://bluecal-ingredients.com

July 21, 2009
Blue California’s Good&Sweet™ Reb-A Receives FDA’s Official “No Objection Letter” for Use in Food Products

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, CA –Blue California announced receipt of the official notification from the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) supporting the conclusion by an expert panel that Blue California’s Good&Sweet™ Reb-A 97% is GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe), making it possible for Good&Sweet to be used in a variety of food products. The FDA’s response does not necessarily apply to the use of other stevia products as food ingredients.

Blue California is the third company and the only manufacturer of purified Reb-A to receive the FDA’s notification, Cargill and Merisant received the FDA’s “no objection letters” in December 2008, opening the door to food and beverage companies to use the best-tasting component of the stevia leaf in food products as long as the purity is no less than 95%. Blue California’s pure Reb-A 99% surpasses industry standards and offers the opportunity to food manufacturers, all over the world, to develop food products with reduced calories without sacrificing taste.

Blue California started commercial production of this natural sweetener purified from stevia leaves in 2007 and began the GRAS self-affirmation process early in 2008. The expert panel convened by GRAS Associates concluded by December 2008 that Good&Sweet™ Reb-A Powder met the FDA’s safety criteria for use as a general purpose sweetener in a variety of food products for consumer use including, beverages, confectioneries, milk products, frozen dairy, snack foods, baked goods, sweet sauces, meal replacements and table-top products, among others. Blue California’s GRAS dossier was submitted to the FDA on January 19, 2009.

Good&Sweet Reb-A is offered at 99% purity, providing customers, and consumers, with the best taste and highest purity available in the market, no small accomplishment. This natural sweetener makes it possible to produce low-calorie food products and zero-calorie beverages by reducing, or eliminating, sugar content. “This is what the consumer has always wanted,” said Steven Chen, president of Blue California, “A natural sweetener with great taste and zero calories”. Good&Sweet is 400 times sweeter than sugar and less expensive than sugar when sweetening capacity is considered.

Cecilia McCollum, Blue California’s Executive Vice President, commented “We are very pleased with the FDA’s response and our company’s accomplishment. The availability of a natural sweetener that offers great taste and zero calories is of major significance to consumers everywhere. Moms can now expect less sugar in their children’s cereals and food products with reduced calories from baked goods to jellies and sauces”. The FDA had no questions about Blue California’s conclusion that Rebaudioside A purified from the leaves of S. rebaudiana (Bertoni) is GRAS under the intended conditions of use.

Good&Sweet is manufactured by Blue California under strict GMP and ISO-9001:2000 quality certifications by NSF. Blue California is a manufacturer of Kosher-certified high purity botanical extracts and other unique ingredients for use in foods, beverages, cosmetics and dietary supplements.

For more information, contact Cecilia McCollum at Blue California, 30111 Tomas, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688. (949) 635-1990, (949) 635-1984 Fax, , sales@bluecal-ingredients.com, http://bluecal-ingredients.com

May 28, 2009
Blue California’s Good&Sweet™ Reb-A Receives FDA’s Official “No Objection Letter” for Use in Food Products

Blue California, a manufacturer of highly purified botanical extracts, including several forms of Green Tea Extract, is now offering purified Green Tea Extract standardized to 95% EGCG at a very low prices without compromising quality. The low cost of this superb ingredient will make it available for use in more products and can reach more consumers for the greater benefit of all.

EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate) is the most abundant and perhaps most important catechin found in green tea. Catechins are polyphenolic antioxidant plant metabolites and belong in the flavonoid family. Scientific studies suggest that green tea EGCG can effectively be used in dietary supplements for weight management and cardiovascular health. Green tea has been used in Asia for thousands of years for conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and infection and, more recently, green tea has been recognized as a powerful antioxidant that can help control free radicals in the body that can cause premature aging and may be responsible for uncontrolled cell growth. The purity and safety of these natural ingredients are of greater importance to the consumers today, the educated consumer now looks for high quality products that contain ingredients of greater purity such as Green Tea Extract 95% EGCG.

Blue California has a proven record in the development and production of natural ingredients of the highest purity. The company’s expertise in plant extraction, isolation and purification made it possible for them to develop, and produce, a natural green tea extract standardized to 95% EGCG. This pesticide-free ingredient is soluble in water has no taste, color or odor, making it an ideal ingredient for beverages, functional foods and unique personal care products.

Cecilia McCollum, Blue California’s Executive Vice President, says many factors contributed to the company’s interest in offering Green Extract 95% EGCG. “EGCG 95% was a logical addition to our line of high-purity natural ingredients. Consumers today look for greater purity and safety when choosing natural products, creating a growing demand for ingredients of the highest purity as well as proper validation, quality control and dependability in our industry. We are happy Blue California can meet these challenges.” McCollum also noted Blue California’s Green Tea Extract 95% ECGC offers the purity and safety of a pharmaceutical-grade ingredient and the exceptional natural health benefits of green tea.

Green Tea Extract 95% ECGC is manufactured by Blue California under strict GMP quality standards. Blue California is a manufacturer of Kosher-certified high purity botanical extracts and other unique ingredients for use in foods, beverages, cosmetics and dietary supplements.

For more information, contact Cecilia McCollum at Blue California, 30111 Tomas, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688. (949) 635-1990, (949) 635-1984 Fax, , sales@bluecal-ingredients.com, http://bluecal-ingredients.com

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