Natural Foods Merchandiser

Company News

New Chapter Inc. of Brattleboro, Vt., provided an herbal antioxidant formula called Smokeshield to rescue workers and firefighters exposed to smoke from California?s wildfires. It was available for free at many natural foods stores.

Advertising agency Russell & Herder has opened two new offices and relocated its headquarters to Minneapolis.

San Clemente, Calif.-based Metagenics Inc. received the 2003 Large Business Award at the fourth annual Family Owned Business Awards ceremony hosted by the Orange County Business Journal and California State University at Fullerton?s Family Business Council.

Hauppauge, N.Y.-based Nature?s Answer launched a TV ad campaign Nature?s Answer Oral Health Program on ?Alive and Well with Michelle Harris,? a nationally televised healthy lifestyle show broadcast to more than 14 million subscribers on GoodLife TV.

IMAGINutrition, based in Laguna Niguel, Calif., and Mission Viejo, Calif.-based Insigneo have announced a strategic science and marketing alliance.

Kettle Foods Inc., Energy Trust of Oregon Inc., Portland General Electric and the Oregon Department of Energy have completed the Northwest?s largest industrial solar installation at Kettle?s Salem facility. The 114-kilowatt photovoltaic system will produce 25 percent of the company?s electricity demand during peak solar hours.

Annie?s Homegrown of Wakefield, Mass., has expanded distribution to and SuperTarget.

Latimer Acquisitions, a subsidiary of private equity firm Hicks Muse Tate & Furst Ltd., has acquired Weetabix Ltd. for $642 million.

Denver-based Industrial Laboratories has begun new analytical testing procedures for fatty acids quantitation, methyllsulfonyl methane potency, BenzoPyrene levels and product adulteration or contamination.

People News
John Mackey, chairman, president and chief executive of Whole Foods Market, was named the 2003 Overall National Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. He was recognized for his achievement of building Austin, Texas-based Whole Foods into the world?s largest retailer of natural and organic foods.

Boulder, Colo.-based Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy Inc. hired Dan Milovich, R.Ph., as vice president of pharmacy operations. Milovich has more than 25 years of pharmacy experience.

Fargo, N.D.-based SK Food Int?l. hired Ron Schlecht as crop production manager to secure organic and conventional non-GMO commodities.

Charles H. Knull has joined Ullman, Shapiro & Ullman LLP as trademark counsel. Knull has extensive experience in trademark, trade secret and copyright litigation in international, federal and state courts.

Scott Backman joined LaGrange, Ill.-based Cognis Nutrition and Health as market development manager?functional food and food technology.

Wisdom Natural Brands founder and president, James May, has written a book: The Miracle of Stevia. Most books published about stevia are cookbooks, but this books discusses the health benefits of stevia and recounts May's story of discovering stevia in the Paraguayan jungle.

Hain Celestial Canada appointed Dave Latella as general manager. He was most recently director of corporate marketing with Arizona-based Shamrock Foods.

Larex Inc., of White Bear Lake, Minn., added Brian J. Ranallo to its board of directors. Ranallo worked for 15 years at U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray.

Gardenburger Authentic Foods Co. has added Lori Abert Luke as vice president of marketing and Robert Trebing Jr. as senior vice president and chief financial officer. Luke was with H.J. Heinz Co. Trebing was with Prandium Inc.

White Systems, an FKI Logistex member company and designer and builder of high-speed automated material storage and retrieval systems, announced the appointment of Richard Lanpheare and Daniel VanHooser as Northeast territory sales manager and Midwest territory sales manager, respectively.

Natural Foods Merchandiser volume XXV/number 2/p. 67

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