Optibiotix signs major Australisian deal

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A Yorkshire-based healthcare firm has signed a deal to allow its products to be manufactured at distributed in Australia and New Zealand.

The York-based firm which develos compounds to tackle obesity, high-cholesterol, diabetes and skin care, has announced it has entered into a manufacturing, supply and distribution agreement with Maxum Foods on an exclusive license to manufacture, supply and distribute OptiBiotix's SlimBiome weight management technology in Australia and New Zealand.

The news comes after the firm reported strong growth earlier in the year

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Founded in 2003, Maxum is an Australia-based dairy supplier headquartered in Brisbane and operating a dry blending facility in Melbourne, as well as distribution centres throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Maxum has been named one of Australia's fastest-growing SMEs on the 2018 Smart50 list with a turnover of $150.7 million (australian) in 2018 and a 110% growth between 2016 and 2018.

SlimBiome, an award winning weight management product, will be supplied by Maxum as a specialised functional ingredient, into a wide range of applications including, but not limited to, human nutrition comprising food and beverages, dairy, dietary supplements and sports nutrition.

This is another strategic step by OptiBiotix to derisk its supply chain and extend the market reach of SlimBiome® by adding manufacturing in Australia. Partnering with an established distributor that services over 950 customers and to whom it sells approximately 35,000 metric tonnes of dairy per year, will extend the commercial opportunity for OptiBiotix's patented award winning weight management product into the Australian weight management market which is estimated to be worth AUS$320 million in 2019 (source: ibisworld.com.au).

Dr. Fred Narbel, Managing Director of OptiBiotix's prebiotics division, said: "We are pleased to announce the signing of a manufacturing and supply agreement with Maxum. We chose Maxum due to their knowledge of the Australian and New Zealand markets as well as their experience in distributing speciality ingredients like SlimBiome® and their reputation for supplying high-quality products to the food industry. We believe working with Maxum, and similar partners around the world, provides the best opportunity of increasing our global commercial reach and catering to the growing interest we are seeing in SlimBiome® from partners worldwide."