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Asheville, N.C.-based retailer Earth Fare was named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the Carolinas.

Irvine, Calif.-based broker Advantage Sales & Marketing acquired Texas-based Southwest Brokerage.

Earthbound Farm, the San Juan Bautista, Calif.-based grower and supplier of organic produce, opened three new distribution centers in Indianapolis, Atlanta and Cranbury, N.J. Earthbound is also planning to open a similar facility to serve the Southwest.

Los Angeles-based Soft Gel Technologies Inc. has partnered with to launch an online training course on coenzyme Q10. The course is available at

Fiscalini Cheese, a Modesto, Calif., producer of raw milk artisanal cheeses, won eight awards from the American Cheese Society in July. Fiscalini won two first-place honors for its 12-month Aged Cheddar and its Cheddar with Sage. The company won second place for its Cheddar With Tarragon, its Bandage-Wrapped Cheddar and its Cabernet-soaked Purple Moon Cheese.

Soy supplier The Solae Co. partnered with Henan Luohe Shineway Industry Group, a meat processing company, to build and operate an isolated soy protein manufacturing facility in China.

Sarasota, Fla.-based raw material supplier of bulk nutraceuticals Integrity Nutraceuticals International obtained an additional 6,500 square feet of office space for its global headquarters, located in the Sarasota International Trade Center.

Melville, N.Y.-based Hain Celestial Group recently announced the implementation of its SKU rationalization program. Hain identified 500 SKUs that will be discontinued in an effort to focus on the company?s core natural and organic business.

Vermont Bread Co., a manufacturer of premium natural and organic breads, has acquired The Adams Bakery Corp., including the rights to The Baker brand. Vermont Bread is owned by Charterhouse Group Inc., a New York-based private equity firm.

Bridgewater, N.J.-based Applegate Farms? pre-sliced organic roast beef received Health Magazine?s 2005 Best of Food Award and the Men?s Health 2005 Nutrition Award.

Los Angeles-based Reed?s Inc., a beverage manufacturer, is conducting an initial public offering of 2 million shares of its common stock.

Los Angeles-based Pet Aromatics, a producer of chemical-free grooming products for dogs, won the National Association of Container Distributors? Silver Award in the Pet and Vet Category for Best Packaging.

Bridgeport, N.J.-based Albert?s Organics has acquired the Roots and Fruits Produce Co-op of Minneapolis. Albert?s, an organic produce distributor, plans to merge Roots and Fruits with its Mounds View, Minn., distribution center.

Boulder, Colo.-based Metzger Associates communications firm has added THANASI Foods as a client. THANASI develops and brings co-branded partnerships in packaged goods to market.

Taking Action for Animals has given its first Corporate Ethic Award to Tom?s of Maine Co-founder and Chief Executive Tom Chappell.

Tampa, Fla.-based Vitamin Discount Center, a chain of retail stores in Chicago and Tampa Bay, has opened its fourth store in the Lincoln Park, Ill., area.

Minneapolis-based Cargill Health & Food Technologies recently sponsored the Mayo Clinic?s ?Nutrition in Health & Disease? seminar held in Chicago. Designed for physicians, dietitians, nurses and pharmacists, the course highlighted common nutrition issues encountered in ambulatory and hospital settings. Cargill also sponsored the 2005 Life Time Fitness Triathlon in Minneapolis.

Cause Marketing Forum, which brings together corporations and nonprofits, recently gave Londonderry, N.H.-based Stonyfield Farm and the National Wildlife Federation its Silver Cause Marketing Halo Award for Best Environmental/Wildlife Campaign. Stonyfield and NWF were honored for their Bid With Your Lid campaign, which generated money for environmental groups via a special lid on Stonyfield products.

Decatur, Ill.-based Archer Daniels Midland Co., a soybean, corn, wheat and cocoa processor, acquired additional patents for the combination of soy protein and sterols in functional foods.

Oakland, Calif.-based Numi Tea?s Flowering Tea Gift Set won the gold medal for ?Outstanding Food Gift? at the National Association of Specialty Food Trade 2005 Awards Competition in July.

Santa Fe, N.M.-based LesserEvil Snack Co. products are now being distributed by United Natural Foods Inc.

Gaiam, the Broomfield, Colo.-based fitness DVD producer, picked up 12 TellyAwards for quality and innovation. Tellys honor excellence in local, regional and cable TV commercials and nonbroadcast videos.

Carlsbad, Calif.-based Penta Water has donated 60 cases of water to ?Battle of the Bridges,? an ABC golf event featuring Tiger Woods, John Daly, Phil Mickelson and Retief Goosen.

Bethesda, Md.-based Balducci?s, a specialty food store chain, plans to open three new stores in the Washington, D.C., area.

Spectrum Organic Products, the Petaluma, Calif.-based producer of naturally processed and certified-organic oils, won a gold medal at the Los Angeles County Fair?s Extra Virgin Olive Oils of the World Competition in the Manzanilla Blends category for its California Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

SunOpta acquired the outstanding shares of Pacific Fruit Processors of South Gate, Calif., and has formed a new operating group, SunOpta Fruit Group.

Supplements manufacturer J.R. Carlson unveiled a new heart nutrient marketing program called ?Everything Your Heart Desires,? at this year?s National Nutritional Foods Association Show in Las Vegas.

Solo GI Nutrition, the Edmonton, Alberta-based subsidiary of New Era Nutrition, has received the Golden Egg Award from The Specialty Nutrition Group for most innovative product launched in the United States in 2004.

Piscataway, N.J.-based Sabinsa Corp., a manufacturer and supplier of herbal extracts, cosmeceuticals, minerals and specialty fine chemicals, won the Research & Development Council of New Jersey?s 2005 Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award in the Consumer/Small Company category.

Natural Foods Merchandiser volume XXVI/number 9/p. 146-147

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