Natural Foods Merchandiser

December 2009 company news

What's new in the industry? These companies are changing, growing, producing, and creating new innovations for the natural products industry.

San Francisco-based Amazing Grass added a new Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bar to its line of wheatgrass- and superfood-based protein powders, meals and energy bars.

Organic medicinal mushrooms manufacturer Aloha Medicinals of Carson City, Nev., is now providing postdoctoral instruction in biopharmaceutical manufacturing. According to founder John Holliday, the program was born out of lack of hands-on educational opportunities for researchers in the growing field of biopharmaceuticals.

Open Harvest co-op grocery of Lincoln, Neb., moved into a larger space of 10,000 square feet and increased sales by 70 percent, according to the company.

The Jane Goodall Institute of Arlington, Va., launched the Good for All brand, which recognizes companies that produce environmentally responsible products. Participating companies include Waterbury, Vt.–based Green Mountain Coffee, Allegro Coffee of Thornton, Colo. and Late July Organic Snacks of Barnstable, Mass. Sales of Good for All products support conservation, chimpanzee protection and youth development efforts in Africa.
Picture courtesy of the Jane Goodall Institute.

Animal nutrition company Novus International of St. Louis, Mo., partnered with Santa Barbara, Calif.–based Vitamin Angels, a charity that provides vitamins to impoverished children, to conduct a humanitarian program aimed at relieving severe diarrhea. Novus International also launched Stratum Nutrition, a human nutrition division focusing on business-to-business manufacturers.

Toronto-based Salba Corp., a nutritional seed product producer, has named Core Naturals as the exclusive distributor of Salba in the United States.

Kalaheo, Hawaii-based KonaRed teamed up with marketing firm XOWii of Newport Beach, Calif., to manufacture, market and sell KonaRed’s coffee fruit drink.

Salt Lake City-based natural products branding agency Integrated Marketing Group is creating a product launch campaign for the new LifeSeasons line of natural dietary supplements.

Boulder, Colo.-based foodservice supplier Eco Products introduced a hot beverage cup made with double the amount of post-consumer recycled fiber currently available.

Stevenson, Wash.–based food and nutritional supplements manufacturer, Total Nutraceutical Solutions will launch a new mushroom-based vitamin D supplement.

Port Charlotte, Fla.–based Enzymedica announced Vcaps Plus is the capsule of choice for the company’s line of enzyme supplements.

Simi Valley, Calif.–based derma e natural bodycare launched a Facebook page:

Short Hills, N.J. - based OmniActive Health Technologies announced that its hot red pepper extract Capsimax, together with GNC’s Wellbeing be-ENERGIZED calorie burning formula, received the 2009 SupplySide Scientific Excellence Award.
Natural products retailer Hannaford Bros., out of Scarborough, Maine, launched an online interactive map showing where Hannaford vendors are located in Maine, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

Portland, Maine -based Planet Dog has expanded its line of recycled dog toys. The Orbee-Tuff toys reuse 100 percent of their post-production materials. The company also completed work on the Guiding Eyes for the Blind Planet Dog Canine Recreation Area in Yorktown Heights, N.Y.

Retail food chain Kroger of Cincinnati is partnering with the World Wildlife Fund in Washington, D.C. to develop a strategy for responsibly sourced wild seafood.

East Bridgewater, Mass.–based Shaw’s Supermarket opened a new environmentally friendly store in the Chestnut Hill shopping center in Newton, Mass. Star Market has 35,000 square feet of retail space and new green technology for lighting and refrigeration.

Ingredients supplier BI Nutraceuticals of Long Beach, Calif. added four extracts to its ingredient library. Its elderberry, rosemary, mangosteen,= and yerba mate extracts can be used in dietary supplements, functional foods and beverages. The company has also split its 200 GRAS offerings into 12 condition-specific, functional platforms.

Natural and organic products manufacturer The Hain Celestial Group of Melville, NY., acquired Infinitea Kombucha, an organic kombucha manufacturer in Boulder, Colo. The Hain Celestial Group and its affiliate, Hain Pure Protein Corp., will also partner with New York–based Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia to introduce a branded food-line at retail.

Toronto–based SunOpta, a natural products processing and distributing company, entered into an amended and restated credit facility with a syndicate of lenders led by The Bank of Montreal.

Newport Beach, Calif.-based NutriPure Beverages and its subsidiary XND Technologies are in final negotiations with a southern California–based distributor to launch Nu2O, a new bottled water product.

Essential oil diffuser manufacturer Soothing Scents of Enterprise, Ala., launched QueaseEASE, an all-natural inhaler designed to treat nausea.

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