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April is Autism Awareness Month

The Puzzle Piece is a symbol that reflects the mystery and complexity of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Since every puzzle piece is different in some way, a puzzle piece accurately represents the diversity of the individuals affected by Autism.

Near and Dear to the Hearts of our CONNOILS’ Family are the young adults who are enrolled at the Wisconsin Independent Learning College in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

WILC believes that knowledge is power. They understand that specially trained staff with the heart and vision of their mission is essential to the success of the program. They strive to provide an environment that inspires creativity, encourages individuality and supports young adults affected by Autism to feel safe and free to express their thoughts, feelings, and opinions and ultimately realize their dreams. WILC Staff understands that each person is unique and will require individualized programming to achieve their highest level of independent functioning.

WILC provides integrated, personalize training and therapy programs within a campus-life community that teaches, trains, and coaches through an innovative multi-modality approach. The programs include:

  • Academic Instruction individually and in groups
  • Nutrition and Healthy Food Choices
  • Finances and Budgeting
  • Social Cues
  • Pre-Vocational and Vocational Skills
  • Music Therapy
  • Out and About in the Community
  • Free Time and Leisure Skills
  • Stress Management
  • Fitness and Exercise
  • Art Therapy
  • Yoga

We are happy and enthusiastic about partnering, working, and supporting the students at Wisconsin Independent Learning College. We love that we can provide work experience opportunities for individuals with disabilities!

For more information contact The Wisconsin Independent Learning College

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April is Donate Life and Save Lives Month

April is Donate Life Month.

CONNOILS is committed to the cause of Organ Donation. Our CONNOILS Family members have impacted the lives of 12 people by being an organ donor.

The need for organ, eye and tissue donors is on-going. There are 118, 000 people are waiting for an Organ. CONNOILS is spreading the word to help educate others about donation. Let’s take small steps each day towards saving more lives.

You may Register to become a Donor.  The registration is a binding, legal document of gift. You affirm the information provided is accurate. You agree upon death to donate all eligible organs and tissue for transplant.

You can update or remove your registration or specify more detailed donation preferences at any time at RegisterMe.org. The National Donate Life Registry is managed by Donate Life America.

Thank You!

The CONNOILS Family

CONNOILS Celebrates 10 Years!

CEO Stacy Peterson introduced CONNOILS to the Natural Products Industry as a leading Global Manufacturer & Distributor of Raw Materials, Natural/Organic Oils, Lecithins, Collagens & Supplements, in 2007.  These products are sold to the Health and Wellness, Food, Beverage, Beauty, Personal Care, Nutraceutical & Sports & Pet Nutrition Industries.  What started out as a one-woman operation became an accredited Woman Owned Business! Our 10 Year Anniversary is this year.

CONNOILS CEO Stacy Peterson

Outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin, CONNOILS is best known for being a quality source of Plant Derived Oils rich in Omega 3, 6, 7 & 9, typically derived from dried seeds or berries.  We’ve serviced the Wet/Oil side for multiple industries & we continue to Innovate the Dry/Powder side of our business.  It’s been one of our biggest accomplishments.

The key to CONNOILS’ success is staying ahead of industry Trends & continuing to Innovate & educate ourselves & our Customers across target categories.  Our Oils are can be Stabilized Omega 3, 6, 7, 9 Oil Powders. We specialize in Plant Derived Powders, Proteins, Fiber Sources & Lecithins (Soy/Sunflower) Fluids, Granules & Powders). Our Oils & Powders can be finished products for Private Label Bottling and packaging for Direct-To-Consumer.

We understand that our Customers & Team are the keys to success.  2013 began CONNOILS Global Sales & Marketing Team.  The International Division is headed by Sales Director Elizabeth Cambar-Roney.  She brings over 20 years of International Sales experience & speaks Five languages!  International Sales have grown significantly with customers across six continents; North & South America, Europe, Asia, Australia & Africa.

Lisa Mack joined CONNOILS as Sales & Marketing Director.  Her 30+ years of experience in Consumer Packaged Goods & Marketing have made CONNOILS a Globally Recognized Partner.  Our Website, along with LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook social media pages as well as many Industry Targeted Publications like Ingredients Insights are what keeps us growing.  Lisa also manages our East Coast Sales Effort.

Raven Helgestad joined the team in 2012 as Customer Support & Inside Sales.  Her promotion as West Coast Sales Director in 2015 was well deserved and has exceeded expectations.

Brian Ballo started in a Customer Support role and has been promoted to Midwest Sales Director.  A Medic in the US Army, with two tours of duty, Brian’s Technical knowledge and Innovative thinking benefit us internally as well as with ALL Customers.

CONNOILS’ offers CO2 Extraction to support the Saw Palmetto & Hemp markets.  This Technology offers Low-Temperature Processing, retaining Natural Properties, High efficiency & Selectivity, Natural Sterilization and Elimination of Heavy Metals & Pesticides. This GREEN TECHNOLOGY offers no pollutants to the environment.  We are now a full partner in our long-time relationship with our supply chain in Fort Myers, FL.

CONNOILS is committed to Giving Back to our Community & Industry!  We support the Wisconsin Independent Learning College in our hometown of Waukesha, WI.  WILC is the ONLY organization to support higher learning for young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) between the ages of 18 – 30 years old.

We are a sponsor of Vitamin Angels. This Global Organization fights malnutrition by providing Vitamins to children.  Their efforts help to fight preventable illnesses, blindness & death.

CONNOILS’ success both Domestically and Internationally demonstrates our awareness of Customer needs and an understanding what it takes for Success in this Global economy.

CONNOILS is Under Construction

It’s an exciting day! CONNOILS has broken ground and is Under Construction for the new Clean Room.  You ask, what is a “Clean Room?” It is a room typically used in manufacturing or scientific research, a cleanroom is a controlled environment that has a low level of pollutants such as dust, airborne microbes, aerosol particles, and chemical vapors.This Clean Room will be dedicated to Retail level packaging. Take a look at the beginning of the demolition! We’ll continue to share the progress of the CONNOILS’ construction.

MCT Oil Coconut versus Palm

For the last three years, MCT has been the “it” Oil for raw materials ingredient purchasing.  MCT has been used for many formulations, and there are studies on how that MCT Oil can boost energy and the immune system.  There are also studies that claim MCT Oil to support healthy weight loss.  Many of our customers ask about the mixture of Coconut and Palm in MCT Oil.

In the beginning, many products were derived from coconut.  However, as usage increased, people started using the palms, as well.  Palms produce throughout the year whereas coconut trees only produce coconuts a couple of times a year.

The detergent industry is the predominant user of C12/C14 fatty acids because they are the soapy acids.  C12/C14 are higher in the palm. C6 gives you goat like flavor and C12 soapy flavor.  For those using the oil where taste is a factor, lower C6 and C12 are better.

Manufacturers in the nutraceutical, pet, beverage and food industry are working with palm and coconut for the essential fatty acids C8/C10, and there are only two sources of these fatty acids in the world – palm and coconut.

Customers may be concerned about RSPO – Renewable Sustainable Palm Oil, which has to do with how the plantations are ensuring they are protecting the environment and not abusing it.   CONNOILS works only farms that are increasingly making strides to put all possible guidelines in place to support RSPO.

 

Antioxidants – Testing, Applications, Delivery and more – Part III

What are Popular Applications and Delivery formats for Antioxidants?

Full disclosure, CONNOILS uses third party labs for Antioxidant testing.

Delivery systems for Antioxidants can take a variety of forms.  Certainly nuts, fruits and vegetables are easy.  When that’s not enough though, Supplements and Functional Food/antioxidant enriched finished products are next.  There so many packaged goods companies across Food, Beverage, Sports Nutrition, Pet, and Health and Beauty that will add a common Antioxidant like Vitamins A, C and E or Selenium to their product packaging so that they can make a label claim.

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CONNOILS predictions for the future of the Antioxidant category …

The demand for Antioxidants will always be there.  Today, Consumers are very educated about everything they put in their mouths.   They have complete access through search engines and trusted web-sites to type in their “ailment”, “self-diagnose” and head to their local drug or grocery store to find the appropriate supplement and/or food that is right for them.   At CONNOILS, we are also seeing this amazing trend happening for Organic products and we believe this category will experience tremendous growth. The media has spoken to a very receptive audience that will first do their research first before they dive in. Consumers have “spoken” and will continue to “speak” through their purchasing power in the Antioxidant and overall health and wellness category.

Contact CONNOILS to discuss Antioxidants and your formulation needs.

 

Antioxidants and Emerging Ingredients – Part II

People often ask ‘What are the most popular Antioxidants in the market, and which are emerging ingredients to watch?’ 

Traditionally, Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid), Vitamin A (Beta-Carotene) and Vitamin E (alpha-Tocopherol) have been at the forefront as the most widely accepted and used forms of Antioxidants.  Many of the products we offer that have their own natural antioxidants helping them maintain their stability are those rich in fat soluble Vitamin E like Wheat Germ, Safflower and Sunflower Oils and Oil Powders for supplements.

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Modern engineering and science have introduced ways to process plant derived ingredients so they maintain their “Natural” Antioxidants to support a longer shelf life and ideally can be passed along to the body once consumed.   Products rich in Carnosic Acid, like Rosemary Extract, have been proven to be even more capable than C, A and E as Antioxidants, Natural Preservatives and Natural Bacteria Inhibitors.

The Antioxidant category is exploding.   Oxidation is a chemical reaction that is the onset of rancidity and the cultivator of free radical production in our bodies.  Free radicals have to power to damage cells and impact overall homeostasis.

At CONNOILS, we focus on our own objectives and not on what others are doing.  As a specialty oil company, we understand that the biggest issue we face in our market segments is stability or lack thereof.  So Natural Antioxidants and preservatives, whether introduced prior, during, or after processing, play a key role in how we meet our customers objectives.

Contact CONNOILS to discuss Antioxidants for your formulation goals.

Antioxidant Rich Foods and Supplements – Part I

What health objectives and concerns are leading consumers to turn to Antioxidant rich foods and supplements, and who are these consumers?

Like it or not, the media drives awareness (whether true or not) about everything consumers put in their mouths! Especially when they are trying to align a health concern to a food group or ingredient. Today every health ailment has a “magic bullet” food or product that will drive consumer to flock to purchase. Antioxidants being labeled “Super Foods” was a brilliant catch phrase for fighting low immune systems, anti- aging, weight loss, etc. Colorful fruits and vegetables are the top Food antioxidants. Nutritionally, foods and supplements high in Vitamin A, C and E are known antioxidant boosters in our system.

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Achieving a healthy lifestyle through the use of antioxidants is culturally assumed today. The media constantly reminds us that Antioxidants either provide preventive benefits to stay healthy, or proactively – to minimize or shorten the length of time it takes to overcome an illness.

Multiple studies will confirm that Baby Boomers and Millennials (equally men and women from a gender percentage) are the two largest demographic segments for the Health and Wellness category. The health and wellness industry is exploding and not just for humans. Consumers are also paying billions of dollars on their Pets; from keeping their coat nice and shiny, making their food more palatable, managing weight gain and stemming the risk of cancer. Some studies have shown that consumers spend more money on their Pet’s health and wellness than they do on themselves.

What are your thoughts on Antioxidants?

Why Cranberry Protein Powder?

When one looks at the most purchased protein powders in our industry in the chart below, one sees that Cranberry Protein Powder has the lowest % of Protein as compared to similar market compounds. Some would say “Wow! That’s Terrible!”

But is it?  Does it tell the complete story?  …   Cranberry Protein Powder

 

Typical % Conventional Organic or IP
Description Protein Content Sales $ Sales $
Cranberry Seed Protein Powder 25 $16.25 $35.00
Hemp Protein Powder 50 $6.65 $9.10
Sacha Inchi Protein Powder 55 $22.25 $25.25
Rice Protein Powder 80 $7.25 n/a
Pea Protein Powder 80 $6.75 n/a
Whey Protein Powder 80 $8.00 n/a
Soy Protein Powder 90 $11.25 $22.75

Proteins are found in our skin, muscles, tendons and cartilage, hair and nails.  New proteins are needed to form enzymes, hormones and antibodies, replace old cells, build new tissue and transport nutrients in and out of cells.  Our bodies need 22 different amino acids to build and repair muscles and tissues.  And of those 22-amino acids, we can only manufacture 13 on our own.  The other 9-amino acids, referred to as “Essential Amino Acids: histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan and valine”, come from the proteins we consume.

Cranberry Protein Powder is the only plant derived protein powder that delivers ALL 22-AMNO ACIDS – INCLUDING THE 9-ESSENTIAL Amino Acids.

To keep our bodies in top performance, our diet needs to be comprised of at least 10 – 35% protein and let’s face it, not everyone wants to be a carnivore – especially when being a carnivore can mean health issues like Cardiovascular Disease.  So we look for PLANT DERIVED Protein Powders to support a healthier lifestyle.

Cranberry Protein Powder is The Best Choice!

Contact CONNOILS to discuss Cranberry Protein Powder for your formulations.

CONNOILS Knows Supercritical Fluid Extraction

(SFE) is alive and well in processing oils and oil powders.

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Food, Cosmetic, Nutrition industries that utilize SC-CO2 are embracing multiple fluid platforms because of the great benefits:

  • Increased Customer Demand due to smaller carbon footprint
  • Effective utilization of the pressurized equipment and facilities
  • Elimination of solvent residuals in end products
  • Resolves (or eliminates) solvent disposal problems
  • Provides the ability to customize the raw materials by separation of different moieties
  • GREEN Technology for the entire extraction process

CONNOILS is committed to a greener planet by helping to reduce solvent use when processing Oils and Oil Powders.

Contact sales@CONNOILS.com to learn more.