SEATTLE, WA -- (Marketwire) -- 07/11/11 -- HQ Sustainable Maritime Industries, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: HQSM) ('HQS' or the 'Company'), a leader in the production and marketing of health products derived from marine based raw materials as well as Tilapia resulting from vertically integrated operations, today announced that its 'Lillian's Healthy Gourmet' seafood meals are the first Seafood meals to be certified gluten free by 'GFCO,' the only gluten-free certification program in the world. A gluten-free diet is the only medically accepted treatment for celiac disease the related condition dermatitis herpetiformis, and wheat allergy. (See Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gluten-free_diet)
HQ is committed to Healthy Living and 'Lillian's Healthy Gourmet' products provide a healthy choice for customers on the go. A combination of all natural 'gluten free' ingredients with healthy all-natural, rice and vegetables, accompanied by 'gourmet sauces' provides a calorie-smart and convenient solution for today's health conscious consumers.
The Company offers a variety of over 10 gourmet seafood meals and garnished gourmet Tilapia products, including Lillian's Healthy Gourmet Sweet Chili Citrus, Orange Miso, Lemon Ginger, Orange Rosemary, and Cajun style Tilapia meals, as well as Lillian's Healthy Gourmet Gluten-Free Spicy Green Curry and Roasted Tomato Tilapia meals and seafood cakes. Lillian's Healthy Gourmet Garnished Tilapia also features marinated tilapia fillets in Moroccan, Singapore, Thai and Southwest flavors.
Norbert Sporns, HQ Sustainable's President and CEO, said, 'This rollout exhibits our team's ability to continue to execute on our strategy to expand Lillian's Healthy Gourmet's consumer brand awareness and long-term distribution relationships in North America. Our management team remains intently focused on gaining market share and profitable growth long-term.'
The products have garnered wide acceptance by consumers across the United States as is evidenced by current sales into over 700 stores in the United States alone. HQ plans to further expand distribution of these products produced in its affiliated state-of-the-art production facility in Seattle.
Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO) provides an independent service to supervise gluten-free food production according to a consistent, defined, science-based standard that is confirmed by field inspections and analytical testing, in order to achieve heightened consumer confidence and safety. See http://www.gfco.org/
About HQ Sustainable Maritime Industries, Inc.
HQ Sustainable Maritime Industries, Inc. ('HQS') is a leader in the production and marketing of health products derived from marine based raw materials as well as Tilapia resulting from vertically integrated operations. HQS practices cooperative farming of sustainable aquaculture, produces all-natural enriched feeds, Tilapia value added products and health products. The Company markets its nutraceutical and health products, including its 'Omojo' branded health products through retail and franchise sales in China. Some of these products are now being introduced to the United States. The World Brand Laboratory and also the China Health Care Association have recognized these as China leading Health product brands.
The Company produces and sells certified, value added Seafood products, including Certified 'Gluten Free' 'Lillian's Healthy Gourmet' products in the United States through its Seattle based affiliate. Very few producers of Seafood meals have embraced the stringent Gluten Free Certification Organization standards. US based sales have been expanded to include 'Omojo' health products.
The Company's subsidiaries hold GMP certification from China. HACCP certification from the U.S. FDA and the EU Code assignment of quality, permitting its products to be sold in international markets. It has also achieved the ISO 9001 quality management system standards certification and the ISO 22000 certification for quality in food safety. HQS tilapia farming, processing and feed manufacturing standards met Best Aquaculture Practices, the new Global G.A.P., the Global Partnership for Good Agriculture Practice, standards for Tilapia. The Chinese government gave organic certification to the Company's tilapia processing, production, labeling, marketing and management system. In addition to headquarters in Seattle, HQ has operational and Sales and Marketing offices in Seattle, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Nanning, Changsha, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Hong Kong, Wenchang and Haikou, . The Company's website is www.hqfish.com; with subsidiary products marketing web sites at www.omojohealthusa.com; www.lillianshealthygourmet.com; www.oudun.cc ; www.fishbao.net; www.jiahuabio.com .
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