Natural Foods Merchandiser

Natural products industry people news

Short Beach, Conn.-based natural cleaning product and personal care manufacturer Seaside Naturals hired Ilona McGowan as general manager. McGowan was formerly with Unilever Home & Personal Care.

Steve May, creator of SweetLeaf brand stevia, announced he is leaving his management position with Wisdom Natural Brands to start a new company, Sweet People, which will launch a stevia line in 2008 under its own brand name as well as for private-label products. The new company is based in Tempe, Ariz.

Chicago-based data analysis firm Information Resources Inc. announced that Scott Klein, president and CEO since January 2004, is leaving the company and will be succeeded by John Freeland, who was most recently president of worldwide operations for www.sales Klein is joining IRI parent company Symphony Technology Group as an operating partner.

La Crosse, Wis.-based manufacturer Main Street Ingredients hired Sue Horne as human resources manager. Horne has more than 11 years of human resources experience.

Gridley, Calif.-based manufacturer Mary's Gone Crackers appointed former Kashi Vice President Mike Quinn as vice president of sales.

Reeds Inc., Los Angeles-based maker of Reeds Ginger Brews, hired David Kane as chief financial officer. Kane has more than 20 years of senior corporate finance experience.

Environmental news site and blog GRIST named Seattle-based Theo Chocolate's CEO Joe Whinney one of its top 15 green-business founders. Others on the list were Yvon Chouinard of Patagonia, Nell Newman of Newman's Own Organics and John Mackey of Whole Foods Markets.

Irwin Simon, president and CEO of The Hain Celestial Group, was appointed by New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer to the New York State Council on Food Policy. The council includes representatives from all areas of the food system. Simon will represent organic food producers.

Natural Foods Merchandiser volume XXVIII/number 12/p.53

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