SupplySide West 2013: Industry reacts positively to caffeine study

November 20th, 2013
Bioenergy SSW 2013 2

SupplySide West 2013 may be history, but it sparked conversations about the future uses of ribose that will continue for a long time to come. Among the hottest topics of conversations was the results of a new study showing that combining d-ribose with caffeine significantly reduced caffeine usage level and provided sustained energy for much better performance. Bioenergy Ribose was used in this study.

Bioenergy Life Science President Tom VonderBrink was thrilled with the industry’s reaction. “We had great reception and positive comments on the caffeine study. It was exciting to have something so timely and significant to discuss with attendees.” Previous studies have shown that combining ribose with reasonable dosages of caffeine may be a logical synergy.

Elite Team Ribose athletes: “before and after” ribose

Susan After

Olympian Susan Francia had fun getting to know attendees who stopped by our booth. She’d hold up her smaller gold medal from the Beijing Olympics and say with a grin, “Before ribose” … then hold up the significantly larger gold medal she earned in London and say, “After ribose!”

Then she’d get down to business, explaining how Bioenergy Ribose helps her with muscle and energy recovery, getting her through a back injury and ready for the Olympics. Ribose gave her the energy she needed to get through one workout, and then be recovered and full of energy for the next workout. “I had a great time meeting people and talking about Bioenergy Ribose,” she says of SupplySide West. “I thought the convention was a hit and we made a lot of good contacts.”

Added Olympian Billy Demong, “I was really impressed with SupplySide West! There was a lot of energy, and a lot of good nutritional products were represented. It was exciting being in the Bioenergy Ribose booth. So many people came by to talk about ways to include Bioenergy Ribose into their products because they know about its many great benefits.”


We’re going for the gold at SupplySide West 2013

November 4th, 2013
Winning at olympic games, hand holding gold medals

Stop by Bioenergy Life Science’s Booth #17041 at this year’s SupplySide West to meet some amazing Olympic athletes, chat with them about the upcoming Olympic Games, see and touch their gold and silver medals, and learn how Bioenergy Ribose has benefitted their performances. And since we know that being at SupplySide West requires you to be “on your game”, you’ll also want to boost your energy reserves with prototypes and finished products made with Bioenergy Ribose.

Team Ribose schedule

Rower Susan Francia, Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist

• Thursday, November 14: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

• Friday, November 15: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Nordic Combined Skier Billy Demong, Olympic Gold and Silver Medalist

• Thursday, November 14: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

• Friday, November 15: 12:00 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Product samples made with Bioenergy Ribose

Bioenergy Ribose is a natural, functional beverage ingredient that helps accelerate energy recovery, reduce muscle stiffness and provide greater endurance. It can improve the nutritional profile and benefit claims of your food applications. Although Bioenergy Ribose is a five-carbon monosaccharide, it does not raise blood sugar, making it a good carbohydrate to use in food and beverage formulation.

• Liquid rehydration energy beverage (caffeine and ribose combination): In delicious and refreshing Orange Tangerine or Berry Pomegranate

• Orange-flavored fruit snack energy chew

• Dark chocolate protein balls

• Finished products: Energy mints, chocolate and energy shots

Also plan to visit our parent company, Chengzhi Life Science, in Booth #17043.


2013 Fi South America: Seeing functional ingredients from another culture’s perspective

August 19th, 2013
Bioenergy Fi Chengzhi booth

Functional foods, beverages and nutritional supplements are pretty much mainstream here in the U.S. The exciting Bioenergy Ribose revolution is definitely gaining momentum. What’s happening in other parts of the world? The following is part of a staff report from Sao Paulo, site of 2013 Fi South America held earlier this month. It reveals some interesting perspectives.

About Fi South America

This event is the continent’s largest collection of ingredient, equipment, processing and packaging suppliers under one roof. It’s the only place in the South Western quadrant of the world where the latest global food trends and the products designed to meet them are on display.

The convention is important for professionals involved in food science and technology, and food and beverage manufacturing, and attracts myriad commodities traders from all corners of the world. This is the premier place in South America where accurate assessments of the industry can be gauged.

While in Sao Paulo, we observed that specialty supplements are becoming an everyday part of the upper-middle class lifestyle. Supplement shops and nutritional outlets are on every street corner. We fully anticipate that those retailers one day carry ribose and a host of products containing it.

Day One

Attendees explore exhibitors representing a range of companies from pharmaceuticals to commodities. After assessing the exhibitors, it’s clear that there is great potential for energy products. The overall standard of living in this part of the world is rather low. Higher quality food and life-quality supplementation are becoming more applicable. Our representatives were busy making several notable contacts.

Overall, the theme for the research presented during the show was specific to macromolecules in nutrition, caloric intake, microbiology in food testing, and public health.

Day 2

The pace of this show gave our team time to make each interaction more valuable. There is less market familiarity of ribose in South America, so many of our conversations were educational opportunities.

Day 3

More productive meetings were held, particularly with a German company specializing in functional beverage systems. Also, we’re excited to report that ribose clearly piqued the interest among the R&D professionals in attendance.

Technology Review: Nutrition Science

South America comprises approximately one-eighth of the earth’s land mass. This is land where poverty is unabated. Technological advances centered on reducing the growing number of poverty stricken urban enclaves, and dealing with myriad public health concerns. It should come as no surprise that cleanliness and sanitary places to prepare food — should one have it — are major concerns for the general population. Many of the seminars were designed to be public health updates for professionals ranging from those in food science academics to public healthcare professionals.

Just an observation about South American media

Unlike here in the U.S. where we get much of our news and information from the Internet, most Brazilians still rely heavily on traditional media. Reporters come directly to the source, and write/report it directly to constituency that night. Internet journalism – and blogs such as this one – are almost non-existent.


Bioenergy Ribose samples are a hit with IFT participants

July 15th, 2013
IFT booth staffed

Bioenergy Ribose Booth #4440 is a hit at the IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo, going on through tomorrow in Chicago. Our product prototypes – including chewy granola bars, fruit chews, whey protein balls and oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, are flying off the trays! And food professionals from around the world are complimenting us on the cold, refreshing ready-to-drink tangerine orange energy beverage.

Also, a big thank you to the folks at Good Cacao for providing samples of its new superfood chocolate bars (almond, banana and peppermint flavors) made with Bioenergy Ribose. Everyone loves them!

On today’s agenda: Bioenergy Ribose was a sponsor of this morning’s IFT Fun Run & Walk, benefitting Feeding Tomorrow undergraduate and graduate food science scholarships. Kudos to our sales manager for sports nutrition supplements Michael Crabtree, who laced up his running shoes to represent Team Ribose after learning that Greg and Laura Bennett would be unable to attend the event because of flight delays. Michael is a certified personal trainer, strength and conditioning specialist, and nutritionist.

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We’re having some great conversations about Bioenergy Ribose, which is a natural solution to America’s growing demand for sustained energy. Plus, it’s simple to formulate with Bioenergy Ribose, and products made with 250 mg or more of Bioenergy Ribose per serving will add additional functional claims on their packaging.

Stop by Booth #4440 for product samples and copies of our new marketing materials!

Prototype and Customer Product Samples (get them before we run out!)

o Chewy Granola Bars – Ready to eat Oats Honey & Nuts

• Three toppings: White, Chocolate and Cinnamon Drizzle toppings

• 500mg Ribose per 16g bar; 1g Protein, 1g Fiber, 3g Fat, per sample bar

o Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie – Ready to eat with dark chocolate drizzle

• 400mg Ribose per 1 oz. (28g) Baked cookie – Ribose in the dough. Choc Drizzle & Half Dip.

o Liquid Energy Drink Beverage – Ready to drink Tangerine Orange & Berry Pomegranate

• 3g Ribose per 8 fl. oz. or 1.25% with 60mg Caffeine, B Vitamins 25% RDI & 100% RDI Vitamin C High Acid

o Good Cacao Superfood Chocolate Bars:

• Energy (500 mg Ribose w <10mg caffeine per bar)

• Recovery (500 mg Ribose w <10mg caffeine per bar).

o Energy 28

o Performance X2

o Code Blue

IFT booth sampling


Where in the world is Team Ribose?

July 2nd, 2013
Socian network concept

Our Team Ribose members are traveling the world! Just as many of us, including elite triathletes Greg and Laura Bennett, gather in Chicago for the Institute of Food Technologists Annual Meeting and Food Expo, rowing champion Susan Francia will be competing as one of the favorites in the Samsung World Rowing Cup III in Lucerne, Switzerland! Susan won gold and set a world record (5:54.17) in the heat in the eight at the 2012 Samsung World Rowing Cup II. We know she’ll have a remarkable showing in this year’s event. Good luck Susan! We are rooting for you!

Meanwhile, our newestTeam Ribose member Billy Demong will be in the midst of a challenging three-week trip that includes an annual race in Steamboat Springs, CO followed by a ski jumping camp in the Black Forest of Germany. He will then travel to France where he will ride in the Alps for as many as seven hours a day, which follows the Tour de France for several stages.

Team Ribose will also be represented during next month’s Fi South America, taking place in sunny Sao Paulo, Brazil. Bioenergy Life Science Sales Manager Michael Crabtree will be in attendance with our parent company Chengzhi Life Science booth #S57. Fi South America and Hi 013 are expected to attract more than 11,000 food professionals from more than 50 countries. We look forward to meeting with many of our international customers, and building stronger partnerships with our distributors during this event.

Just as Bioenergy Ribose helps everyone from elite athletes to busy moms and 9-to-5’ers maintain their energy, the industry side of the equation is also sustaining strong momentum. There is strong and growing interest in formulating with Bioenergy Ribose because it delivers what the public is seeking: faster energy recovery and better energy reserves without crashes, jitters and other undesirable side effects.

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