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Los Angeles-based Soft Gel Technologies Inc. was awarded U.S. Patent No. 6,784,206 for its GlucoTrim soft-gelatin capsule formulation. GlucoTrim is a standardized extract of banaba leaf (Lagerstroemia speciosa L.) This patent follows previous patents awarded to SGTI for CoQsol, Injuv and Isomer E.

Salt Lake City, Utah-based Hero Nutritionals, maker of Yummi Bears, a children?s gummy vitamin line, has established a working relationship with Integrated Marketing Group, which will develop and execute an integrated marketing campaign that includes brand positioning, trade and consumer advertising, packaging design, collateral development and public relations.

Seventh Generation, a Burlington, Vt.-based producer of nontoxic household products, announced six new retail partnerships. Roche Bros., King?s, Heinen?s Fine Foods, D?Agostino?s, Albertson?s Northern California division and Fresh Direct (an online retailer) are the latest grocers to carry Seventh Generation?s cleaning and recycled paper products. Earlier this year, Seventh Generation announced new relationships with Safeway, Giant Eagle, Albertsons, Kroger and Hannafords grocery stores.

Applegate Farms, a producer of natural and organic meats, is opening a new home office in Bridgewater, N.J., which is less than 10 miles from the company?s current headquarters in Branchburg. Applegate Farms will keep its current phone number.

Mission Viejo, Calif.-based Wakunaga of America Co. Ltd. announced its licensing agreement with Essential Phytosterolins Inc. to take over exclusive rights to distribute EPI products.

Stacy?s Pita Chip Co., based in Randolph, Mass., was named the 2004 Boston Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year. The award recognizes the entrepreneurial achievements of Greater Boston?s smaller for-profit companies with gross revenues of more than $1 million.

Chatsworth, Calif.-based Natrol Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of dietary supplements, announced the resolution of two actions filed by the Napa County, Solano County and Sonoma County district attorneys? offices concerning its chitosan-based dietary supplements. The suits alleged unfair competition and Proposition 65 claims based on the company?s sale and marketing of chitosan-based products.

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc., a Waterbury, Vt.-based company, opened a new 52,000-square-foot distribution center and warehouse, which is connected to the old facility by an enclosed bridge.

Toronto-based SunOpta Inc. announced that it has reached an agreement with the shareholders of Kofman-Barenholtz Foods Ltd. to acquire 100 percent of the outstanding shares of the company.

Our Family Farm, based in Fort Thomas, Ky., announced that the company has changed its name to My Family Farm, effective immediately.

Petaluma, Calif.-based Barbara?s Bakery has become the exclusive distributor of Organic Weetabix. Organic Weetabix, the British toasted whole-wheat cereal, is now available in supermarkets and natural foods stores across America.

Cranbury, N.J.-based Linguagen Corp. announced it has received a letter from the Food and Drug Administration indicating that the agency does not have any questions regarding the GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) status of its bitter blocker adenosine monophosphate.

The St. Helena, Calif.-based Culinary Institute of America and The University of California, Davis, have jointly launched ?Flavor, Quality & American Menus,? an initiative designed to build bridges between leaders in U.S. agriculture and foodservice around the issues of flavor, quality and increased innovation and diversity.

DeSoto, Texas-based Coleman Enterprises is providing grocery consumers with $200 retail value coupon booklets, which offer coupons for approximately 1,200 name brand companies. The coupon booklets are intended to stimulate demand for manufacturers? merchandise.

Natural Foods Merchandiser volume XXV/number 11/p. 58

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