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Glen Ellen, Calif.-based B.R. Cohn Olive Oil Co. won three gold medals at the L.A. County Fair Olive Oils of the World Competition: for its Sonoma Estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil, for the company?s silk-screened label and for its California Extra Virgin Olive Oil label.

Aller-7, the respiratory health-promoting herbal extract made by Benicia, Calif.-based InterHealth, has received a patent covering the manufacturing process and the composition of the product.

Zhena Muzyka, founder of Ojai, Calif.-based Zhena?s Gypsy Tea, has partnered with Medea Benjamin, founder of the peace-promoting organization CODEPINK to create a new Raspberry Earl Grey tea. Profits from the tea will support CODEPINK Women for Peace.

The National Enzyme Co., based in Forsyth, Mo., has been approved for participation in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration?s Voluntary Protection Program. This award is given to companies that provide safe working conditions for their employees.

Foxboro, Mass.-based Tharos Laboratories Inc. created a science advisory board to serve as a link between corporate decision-makers and the end users of the company?s products.

Essential Phytosterolins Inc. announced an exclusive license agreement with Wakunaga of America Co. Ltd. Wakunaga is now responsible for all sales and marketing in the United States of EPI?s phytosterol-based products. As a result of this agreement, EPI closed its U.S. sales office in Eugene, Ore.

Tesoros Trading Co. of Carlsbad, Calif., has secured national distribution for its line of all-natural frozen entrees at natural foods retailers, including Whole Foods and Wild Oats.

The Tea Ball Teakettle by Houston, Texas-based Chantal received the 2003 Platinum Award for Design Excellence for product design from Design: The Quarterly Journal of Design Excellence.

The 4th Annual Pro Organics Foundation Golf Classic raised $44,188 in support of Covenant House Vancouver?s Crisis Centre for homeless youth. The proceeds will provide certified organic produce year-round for the 30,000-plus meals prepared by Covenant House.

Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. of New York acquired Body & Soul Magazine from New Age Publishing Inc. and Dr. Andrew Weil?s Self Healing newsletter from Thorne Communications Inc. for approximately $6 million?in cash.

El Dorado Hills, Calif.-based NutraCea, a biomedical foods company and developer of proprietary stabilized rice bran formulations, has joined the Dietary Supplement Education Alliance.

Super Saturday 7, a designer garage sale in the Hamptons from which 100 percent of the proceeds benefit the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, raised $1.8 million from its 2,500 attendees. FIJI Water was the official water sponsor of the event, which featured about 200 fashion designers including Vera Wang, Via Spiga, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Diane Von Furstenberg and DKNY.

Earthrise Nutritionals Inc., based in Irvine, Calif., is introducing a new marketing program at Natural Products Expo East in Washington, D.C. This program is a full redesign of the corporate logo, brand identity, packaging, Web site and advertising.

Longjiang River Health Products, an Irvington-on-Hudson, N.Y.-based Chinese herbal health company, recently received the Best Multiple Booth Award at the 67th Annual National Nutritional Foods Association trade show and convention in Las Vegas. This award recognizes the company that exhibited the most comprehensive and visionary booth design.

Boulder, Colo.-based Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy opened a new store in Sonoma, Calif., joining sister locations in Mill Valley, San Francisco and Berkeley.

San Rafael, Calif.-based Green Options, makers of Vegi Deli all-natural vegetarian products, expanded its offerings with the acquisition of three popular brands from Now&Zen. Green Options now produces and sells Now&Zen UnTurkey; Now&Zen Hip Whip and Hip Whip Chocolate Mousse; and Now&Zen?s UnChicken, UnRibs and UnSteak heat-and-serve meal entrees.

Natural Foods Merchandiser volume XXV/number 10/p. 146

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