QINGDAO, China and ROCKVILLE, Md., April 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Synutra International, Inc. (NASDAQ: SYUT), ("Synutra" or the "Company"), which owns subsidiaries in China that produce, market and sell nutritional products for infants, children and adults, announced that it has received the required approvals from China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and its Ministry of Commerce (MC) for the construction of a new drying facility in Carhaix, France. As originally announced on September 18, 2012, Synutra signed a long-term industrial and commercial partnership agreement with Sodiaal, the leading dairy cooperative in France, and its subsidiary, Euroserum, a world leader in demineralized whey powders. Under this partnership agreement, Synutra will build a new drying facility in Carhaix, France intended to manufacture powdered milk and fat-enriched demineralized whey for the needs of the Synutra group. With the approvals from the NDRC and MC, Synutra remains on schedule to develop the new drying facility. Mr. Liang Zhang, Chairman and CEO of Synutra, commented, "It is a very notable achievement for Synutra to have received the required approvals for our French project by the Chinese government and we look forward to moving ahead with the development of this new drying facility. We are confident our industrial and commercial partnership with Sodiaal and Euroserum can further increase consumer confidence in Synutra brand products and strengthen our competitive position as a leading dairy and nutritional product provider in China." About Synutra International, Inc. Synutra International, Inc. (Nasdaq: SYUT) is a leading infant formula company in China. It principally produces, markets and sells its products through its operating subsidiaries under the "Shengyuan" or "Synutra" name, together with other complementary brands. It focuses on selling premium infant formula products, which are supplemented by more affordable infant formulas targeting the mass market as well as other nutritional products and ingredients. It sells its products through an extensive nationwide sales and distribution network covering all provinces and provincial-level municipalities in mainland China. As of December 31, 2012, this network comprised over 660 independent distributors and over 690 independent sub-distributors who sell Synutra products in approximately 27,000 retail outlets. Forward-looking StatementsThis press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that are based on our current expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections about Synutra International, Inc. and its industry. All statements other than statements of historical fact in this release are forward-looking statements. In some cases, these forward-looking statements can be identified by words or phrases such as "anticipate," "believe," "continue," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "is/are likely to," "may," "plan," "should," "will," "aim," "potential," "continue," or other similar expressions. The forward-looking statements included in this press release relate to, among others, Synutra's goals and strategies; its future business development, financial condition and results of operations; the expected growth of the nutritional products and infant formula markets in China; market acceptance of Synutra's products; the safety and quality of Synutra's products; Synutra's expectations regarding demand for its products; Synutra's ability to stay abreast of market trends and technological advances; competition in the infant formula industry in China; PRC governmental policies and regulations relating to the nutritional products and infant formula industries, and general economic and business conditions in China. These forward-looking statements involve various risks and uncertainties. Although Synutra believes that the expectations expressed in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, these expectations may turn out to be incorrect. Synutra's actual results could be materially different from the expectations. Important risks and factors that could cause actual results to be materially different from expectations are generally set forth in Synutra's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this press release. Synutra International, Inc. undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which the statements are made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. SOURCE Synutra International, Inc.