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Metagenics Buys Irvine Supplement Maker

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San Clemente-based vitamin maker Metagenics Inc. said recently it is buying Catalina Lifesciences Inc. of Irvine for an undisclosed price.

Buying Catalina is a niche deal for Metagenics, which makes vitamins and supplements for doctors, chiropractors, nutritionists and others. Catalina makes Bariatric Advantage, a line of supplements used by people who have had weight loss surgery.

Last year, a majority of Metagenics was sold to Alticor Inc., the Ada, Mich.-based parent company of Amway, a maker of supplements, foods and cosmetics. Metagenics, which had annual sales of $200 million before the acquisition, has continued to operate on its own as part of Alticor since the deal. Metagenics said that Catalina would operate as a business unit and retain its own executives and products.

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