“The company started bringing in cod liver oil and vitamin A and D fish oils from Norway, and shortly thereafter became a highly regarded supplier of natural vegetable oils,” said Mary Ann Siciliano, national sales manager.“Arista was one of the first suppliers of omega 3 fish oils in the early 1980s and has continued to offer top quality marine oils, which utilize state-of-the-art processing technology and equipment. We have recently added krill oil to our product offerings, which as well as containing omega 3 fatty acids, contains the extremely potent antioxidant, astaxanthin.”
Alongside fish oils that contain omega 3 fatty acids and vitamins A and D, the company offers a wide variety of expeller-pressed and solvent-extracted natural vegetable oils that contain omega 3s, including flaxseed oil, perilla oil, chia seed oil and hemp seed oil, as well as gamma-linolenic acid (GLA)-containing oils from borage, evening primrose and black current seed oil.
Since Arista’s establishment, demand for popular essential fatty acids like EPA and DHA has grown significantly, requiring an evolution in processing technologies. The company currently creates new opportunities for product manufacturers to utilize oils in applications that require a dry powder medium. It offers powder forms of its products for use in two-piece capsules, tablets and functional foods. The company prides itself on a readiness to manufacture virtually any oil type or custom-blend in powder-form—one of the main advantages its customers experience from working with Arista oil specialists.
According to Ms. Siciliano, the company also recently restructured its sales force and customer service department “in order to maintain the high level of personal and professional service that is guaranteed.”
“At Arista, we know that customer service is a vital function that determines the lasting success of our company,” she added. “Arista customers know that each of their inquiries will be handled to their satisfaction. Offering quick responses to technical questions, prompt order processing and accurate lead times, is simply the way we do business.”
In today’s market, product quality has also become a vital concern. Finishing processes such as refining, deodorization and winterization are performed to meet or exceed industry standards for quality and consistency, according to the company. Arista’s specialty marine oils are manufactured at a state-of-the-art facility in Norway for exclusive distribution in North America. Analytical testing for potency and purity is conducted utilizing advanced equipment and approved official test methods from various professional organizations and government agencies.
Ms. Siciliano also noted the strength of its products given growing understanding of the health benefits associated with nutritional oils containing omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. “Many of Arista’s nutraceutical oils help with immune function, heart and brain health, psychiatric and developmental disorders and have been used in the treatment of various diseases and disorders,” she said.
Backed by sound clinical evaluation, Ms. Siciliano said she expects continued growth for the category.“Coupled with the fact that these are natural products, sales of these items—even in a struggling economy—will continue to grow. We have been conservative in our business plan, but purchases of supplements will continue as one’s health is always a primary concern.”
Looking forward at the broader dietary supplement and functional foods industry, Ms. Siciliano anticipated a bright future, as new delivery technologies and product formats are developed and researchers dive deeper into the science that supports various health benefits for nutraceuticals.
In an increasingly competitive market, Arista’s“competitive pricing and meticulous attention to quality,” will serve the company well as “one of the foremost suppliers of oils to the nutraceuticals market,” she added. “We will continue to focus our resources on research to improve processing technology and ways to improve costs while also focusing on sustainability techniques for raw materials and in our offices and facilities.”—SM
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