Natural Foods Merchandiser

Natural Products Industry Company News

Silver Spring Gardens, based in Eau Claire, Wis., was recognized for the sixth straight year at the Napa Valley Mustard Festival. The company received five medals, including two in the organic category: a gold medal for its Organic Dill Mustard, and a bronze medal for its Organic Horseradish Mustard.

On the way to selling a million bags this year, 1 Bag at a Time, based in Los Angeles, sold 250,000 bags before Earth Day, April 22. The company's goal is to help ease environmental issues by reducing the number of plastic grocery bags used in the United States.

Trumbull, Conn.-based NutriScience Innovations received kosher certification from the Star-K agency for its D-Glucuronolactone, which is used in energy drinks.

Jarrow Formulas, based in Los Angeles, has launched a new Web site at The site provides information on the company's products, a scientific reading room, an e-zine, a store locator and an interactive body-mass-index calculator.

Tuscany, Italy-based Aboca S.p.A. announced that Gaia Herbs, based in Brevard, N.C., is now the exclusive distributor and marketing partner of Aboca's products in the United States.

Reed's Ginger Brew, based in Venice, Calif., has gone public, and is now trading on the Over the Counter Bulletin Board. Proceeds from the stock sold so far are being used to expand product lines and allow broader product distribution in mainstream grocery channels.

Seattle-based fast casual caf? chain Organic To Go, a certified organic retailer, has acquired Jackrabbit, a Seattle-based catering company, which generated about $2 million in revenue in 2006. Organic To Go also announced the company will open a new retail caf?.

Recycline, the Waltham, Mass.-based maker of Preserve brand products, and Londonderry, N.H.-based organic yogurt producer Stonyfield Farm are celebrating the fifth anniversary of their partnership—which has led to the recycling of more than 2 million Stonyfield Farm yogurt cups into new Preserve brand products—with production of a special-edition Preserve toothbrush.

Dayville, Conn.-based United Natural Foods Inc. formed a joint-venture partnership with Vitamin Angels, based in Santa Barbara, Calif., to provide chewable multivitamins and anti-parasitic medicines for 55,000 Dominican Republic schoolchildren. Distribution is being monitored by a regional branch of the Batey Relief Alliance.

Boca Raton, Fla.-based Natural Synergies, a network of independently owned and operated natural, organic and health food retailers, announced that its membership this year has grown to nearly 250 stores, representing a collective buying power of $300 million. The network has also reached agreements with distributors United Natural Foods Inc., Tree of Life and Nature's Best to pass along exclusive promotions and discounts to members.

Santa Cruz, Calif.-based organic certifier California Certified Organic Farmers and the Independent Organic Inspectors Association will co-sponsor basic organic crop and livestock inspection trainings May 14-18, at the Westerbeke Conference Center in Sonoma, Calif. For information, contact Sean Feder, CCOF inspection operations director at [email protected].

At Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, Calif., the American Herbal Product Association honored seven founding members for their continued commitment: BI Nutraceuticals, based in Long Beach, Calif., Bio-Botanica, based in Hauppauge, N.Y., Celestial Seasonings, based in Boulder, Colo., KHL Flavors, based in New York, Nature's Sunshine, based in Provo, Utah, Nature's Way, based in Springville, Utah, and Traditional Medicinals, based in Sebastopol, Calif.

Myrtle, Mo.-based Newman Farm Heritage Berkshire Pork recently qualified for Humane Farm Animal Care's Certified Humane Raised and Handled label. The label means the meat, poultry or dairy product has been produced according to HFAC's standards, which include a nutritious diet without antibiotics or hormones, shelter, resting areas and space sufficient to support natural behavior.

The New York-based Ullman, Shapiro & Ullman LLP law firm has agreed to increase the amount of pro bono work it is contributing to two natural products industry nonprofit organizations. The firm has filed for trademark protection for the Dietary Supplement Education Alliance's "Just Like Me" tagline for its ad campaign. The firm is also donating time to the Healthy Foundation, supporting its efforts to gain intellectual property protection for its Vitamin Relief USA and The Vitamin Fund programs.

Nonprofit Vitamin Relief USA, based in Ojai, Calif., has joined with Culver City, Calif.-based emergency relief organization Operation USA and its medical clinic network to help deliver daily vitamins directly to Gulf Coast families displaced by Hurricane Katrina and living in Federal Emergency Management Agency trailers. VRUSA provides daily multivitamins to more than 26,000 needy children and 14,000 low-income seniors at more than 300 sites in 31 states across the country.


Natural Foods Merchandiser volume XXVIII/number 5/p.47,48

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