LAVAL, Quebec, June 6, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Neptune Technologies & Bioressources Inc. ("Neptune" or the "Corporation") (Nasdaq:NEPT) (TSX-V:NTB) announces that it has appointed Raj Nakra Associates as an agent for the Indian market. Raj Nakra Associates already represents worldwide recognized brands and brings along great knowledge of the Indian market within the pharmaceutical industry, diatery supplement and functional food industry. It has introduced several nutraceutical products in the Indian market for the first time.
Neptune is continuously pursuing its growth worldwide and emerging markets such as India will bring major contribution to Neptune's future revenues. The Indian market is looked upon as very promising with a GDP that has surpassed China's GDP for the very first time in 2010. India as a society and culture has been at the forefront of Alternative medicine for centuries.
''After evaluating different novel products to promote in India, we came to the conclusion that Neptune Krill Oil stands above all,'' stated Raj Nakra, Managing Director of Raj Nakra Associates.
''Furthermore, we believe that Neptune Krill Oil will be very well received in India. The country has over 300 million people in middle class who are becoming increasingly aware of the need for wellness and prevention rather than treatment of disease. Rising rate of cardiac incidents in India is another major factor propelling the growth of nutraceuticals and functional foods, which promote heart health. As a matter of fact, we have already received sizeable commitments from important players of the Indian market for Neptune Krill Oil,'' added Raj Nakra.
''Looking at the growing pace of the Indian economy and the Governmental focus on its desire to become a major and dominant economic power within the democratic world has to capture one's attention. Based on market analysis and forecast of Raj Nakra Associates, we anticipate that India could represent as much as 15% of Neptune overall revenues within the next 5 years,'' added Andre Godin, CFO of Neptune.
Neptune is an industry-recognized leader in the innovation, production and formulation of science-based and clinically proven novel phospholipid products for the nutraceutical and pharmaceutical markets. The Company focuses on growing consumer health markets including cardiovascular, inflammatory and neurological diseases driven by consumers taking a more proactive approach to managing health and preventing disease. The Company sponsors clinical trials aimed to demonstrate its product health benefits and to obtain regulatory approval for label health claims. Neptune is continuously expanding its intellectual property portfolio as well as clinical studies and regulatory approvals. Neptune's products are marketed and distributed in over 20 countries worldwide.
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