Company Description

Lonza is one of the world’s leading suppliers to the pharmaceutical, healthcare and life science industries. Products and services span its customers’ needs from research to final product manufacture. The Life Science Ingredients division reflects Lonza’s focus on ingredients used in Nutrition. Lonza is headquartered in Basel, Switzerland.

Lonza is a leading manufacturer of L-Carnitine, sold under the brand name Carnipure™. L-Carnitine is a nutrient that plays an important role in energy metabolism. The proprietary and fully backward integrated Carnipure™ production process was invented by Lonza scientists in Switzerland. It directly produces the L-isomer of Carnitine, the beneficial form found in nature. L-Carnitine is found in infant formulas, multivitamins and a wide variety of health products. Carnipure™ crystalline and Carnipure™ tartrate are self-affirmed GRAS for use in certain conventional foods as a dietary source of L-Carnitine. Lonza developed Carnipure™ tartrate as a non-hygroscopic alternative for solid and liquid applications in the early 90’s. Carnipure™ tartrate consists of 68% L-Carnitine and 32% L-tartaric acid, which is the highest L-Carnitine concentration of any current commercially available non-hygroscopic salt form. Both Carnipure™ crystalline and Carnipure™ tartrate are bright white, pH- and heat stable, highly water soluble and form colorless solutions.

Lonza offers FiberAid™, a larch arabinogalactan (LAG)-based premium, soluble prebiotic fiber. FiberAid™ offers superior benefits for gastrointestinal health, combined with excellent digestive tolerance and technological properties. FiberAid™ is produced exclusively by Lonza using a patented solvent-free, water-based extraction process. FiberAid™ is a naturally occurring water soluble polysaccharide from native larch trees. FiberAid™ offers beneficial properties such as high solubility, pH/temperature stability, and low sensory impact which make it easy to formulate into a wide variety of applications. FiberAid™ is Kosher certified and self-affirmed GRAS with US FDA notification.

ResistAid™ is a natural, immune support ingredient that is made from the wood and bark of larch trees. ResistAid™ consists of the soluble polysaccharide arabinogalactan and bioactive flavonoids, thus has antioxidant capacity. ResistAid™ has a number of technical properties, which makes it easy to incorporate into dietary supplements and functional foods in standalone form or combined with other products to increase functionality.

Lonza is also the leading producer of the Vitamin B3 ingredients, Niacin and Niacinamide. Both Niacin and Niacinamide are essential vitamins used in food fortification, animal feed, multivitamin supplementation and pharmaceutical applications. Niacin is also used to maintain healthy cholesterol levels.

Lonza provides products manufactured in FDA registered and inspected facilities. Lonza holds various certificates for its high quality products. Lonza offers marketing support in the form of public relations, advertising and tradeshow participation.

Key Markets

• Health and Functional Foods

•Weight Management

• Sports Nutrition

• Dietary Supplements

• Digestive Health

• Food Fortification 

• General Wellness

• Immune Health 

Major Products

• Carnipure™ tartrate

• Carnipure™ crystalline

• Carnipure™ ALC

• FiberAid™

• ResistAid™

• Niacin and Niacinamide

Lonza Inc.
90 Boroline Road
Allendale, NJ 07401
Tel.: (800)365-8324
Fax: (201)696-3612
Year Founded: 1897

Key Personnel
Michael DeGennaro, Vice President Sales & Marketing
Thomas Brancato, Head of North America Sales & Marketing
Kevin Owen, Ph.D., Head NAFTA Technical & Commercial Development

Published in WholeFoods Magazine, November 2010