P.L. Thomas to sell black currant ingredients

by Jeff Gelski
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MORRISTOWN, N.J., and LOS ANGELES – P.L. Thomas will serve as the exclusive North American sales and marketing representative for black currant ingredients from Just the Berries, Palmerston North, New Zealand, under an agreement signed by the two companies.

Just the Berries grows and processes black currant derivations (Ribes nigrum L.). Black currants contain potassium, magnesium, iron, calcium, vitamin A, B vitamins, vitamin C, other trace minerals, organic acids and other phenolics.

“Black currant from Just the Berries is differentiated from other black currant sources because of the large volumes of condition specific and pharmokinetic research that has been carried out using their unique black currant products,” said Paul Flowerman, president of Morristown-based P.L. Thomas. “The ingredient is also distinguished by its appealing taste and aroma attributes, making this line suitable for a host of consumables ranging from dietary supplements, beverages, healthy processed foods and cosmetic applications.”

A double-blind, placebo-controlled study carried out by the Crop and Food Research Institute, a New Zealand government research center, showed the black currants provided eye health and vision support.

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