Natural Foods Merchandiser

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Charterhouse Group, a New York-based private equity firm, has acquired Amerifit Nutrition Inc., a Bloomfield, Conn.-based marketer of nutritional supplements and wellness related products.

Silliker Inc., a St. Augustine, Fla.-based provider of food safety and quality assurance services, has named Gourmet Award Foods, a Weston, Fla.-based distribution facility of Tree of Life, a 2004 Audit Platinum Award recipient for outstanding commitment to food safety.

Dartmouth, Nova Scotia-based Ocean Nutrition Canada Ltd., a supplier of MEG-3 brand omega-3 fatty acids, has signed co-brand license agreements with Natural Factors, a fish oil supplement producer in British Columbia, Canada; Ortho Molecular Products, a supplier of health supplements in Chicago; and The Baker, a natural bread maker in Millford, N.J.

Researchers from the United States, Australia, Denmark, Canada and Norway discussed the health benefits of Cargill?s barley beta-glucan concentrate at the Future of Barley workshop May 17, at the Radisson Hotel in Minneapolis. This workshop was a precursor to Whole Grains Health: A Global Summit, organized by the University of Minnesota.

Organics Unlimited, a San Diego-based distributor of organic tropical fruits from Mexico and South America, has formed The Giving Resources and Opportunities to Workers Foundation. The GROW Foundation is an international outreach initiative that ensures field workers who grow the organic produce sold through the company receive fair wages and better living standards.

Dean Foods and its Boulder, Colo.-based WhiteWave Foods division have donated $100,000 to The Organic Center for Education and Promotion, a nonprofit organization founded in 2002 with the goal of helping consumers, policymakers, researchers and the media understand the benefits organic products and farming systems provide to society.

Coleman Natural Foods, the Golden, Colo.-based natural meat company, received the 2005 Retailer Choice Award in the Processed/Fresh Meat and Seafood Category at the Food Marketing Institute Show for its Coleman Purely Natural 100% Beef Burgers.

Sierra Mountain Minerals, the Vancouver, British Columbia-based producers of SierraSil, announced an alliance with Natural Organics Inc./Nature?s Plus, a Melville, N.Y.-based manufacturer of nutritional supplements.

Bloomingdale, Ill.-based natural products manufacturer/distributor NOW Foods acquired Burnham Labs, a contract manufacturer of personal care, health and cosmetic products located in Niles, Ill. The former owners will stay on as consultants.

In May, more than 5,000 attendees of the American Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France were treated to an assortment of Boulder, Colo.-based Chocolove chocolate bars.

LycoRed Natural Products Industries Ltd. of Beer-Sheva, Israel, announced that P.L. Thomas & Co. Inc. of Morristown, N.J., will represent the LycoRed product line in the food, beverage and functional food markets. PLT will serve the eastern third of the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Morinaga Nutritional Foods Inc., a Torrance, Calif.-based soyfoods manufacturer, has launched the Mori-Nu ?The Healthy Drive? Sweepstakes Promotion to celebrate the company?s 20th anniversary in the United States. The promotion will offer consumers a chance to win several prizes, including a Toyota Prius Hybrid. The sweepstakes ends Sept. 30.

Natural Foods Merchandiser volume XXVI/number 7/p. 58, 60

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