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Eden Foods, of Clinton, Mich., was honored with the Socially Responsible Business Award at a breakfast ceremony attended by hundreds at the Natural Products Expo East in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 13. The award was created seven years ago to recognize companies and individuals that are exemplary in upholding socially responsible business practices.
Other 2001 SRBA winners include Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Guayaki, Maggie's Organics/Clean Clothes Inc. and Nancy's Yogurt/Springfield Creamery. The award committee included Mary Ellen Molyneaux, Natural Marketing Institute; James Nixon, Progressive Asset Management, Inc.; Chris O'Brien, Co-op America; Morris Shriftman, Mozart, Inc.; and Joseph Smillie, Quality Assurance International.

Acirca Inc., of New Rochelle, N.Y., recently acquired certified organic juice manufacturer Mountain Sun. Acirca produces Walnut Acres certified organic soups and salsas, Millina's Finest and Frutti Di Bosco certified-organic pasta sauces.
In response to the Sept. 11 tragedy, Acirca donated and distributed 200,000 jars of its Walnut Acres organic soups to New York City area relief workers and hungry New Yorkers.

The Portland, Maine-based Planet Dog Philanthropy, a nonprofit grant-making organization created by pet products manufacturer Planet Dog, announced its first Environmental Grant Program recipient. PDP awarded a $2,500 grant to Friends of Casco Bay, a Maine nonprofit organization. As part of its Animal Welfare and Educational Grant Programs, PDP also awarded a multi-year grant of $5,000 to My Wonderful Dog to support their Teen-Training Assistance Dog Program at the Spurwink School in Portland, and a $5,000 multi-year grant to Junior Achievement of Maine Inc. for volunteer recruitment throughout the state.

Trademark status has been granted to Los Angeles-based OptiPure Brand, Chemco Industries Inc., for its calcium product, Calcite Super, an oral calcium supplement made from a polysaccharide and calcium citrate process that is patented in Japan.

The Antioch, Calif.-based Brown Cow West has implemented a major plant expansion, including the addition of a new processing line and a quadrupling of its cold storage space. The expansion is designed to increase overall production capacity by 50 percent and double the production capacity of its Brown Cow brand yogurts. Brown Cow also announced a new logo and packaging, and will soon be launching a Web site and an expanded marketing plan.

Cardinal Nutrition of Vancouver, Wash., manufacturer and supplier of MSM (OptiMSM), has installed state-of-the-art process control software in its U.S. plant that provides real-time monitoring of 60 control points in the MSM production process. The process control software permits Cardinal Nutrition's production technicians to view the second-by-second control parameters of the MSM production process, including temperatures, pressures and flow rates, at a much higher level of detail than before.

Technical Sourcing International Inc. of Missoula, Mont., has been granted U.S. Patent 6,299,910, for its branded cardiovascular support ingredient, MSV 60. The patent, "Methods for identification, purification, and manufacturing of the active constituent in Salvia miltiorrhiza (dansheng), and the application of this product in enhancing cardiovascular functions," allows TSI to process exclusively the most advanced standardized extract of the Chinese herb dansheng, the company said. TSI is a researcher, producer and marketer of nutraceutical ingredients to the dietary supplement, pharmaceutical, and food and beverage industries.

Trinity Springs Ltd. of Ketchum, Idaho, bottler of Trinity, a natural mineral dietary supplement that contains 100 percent geothermal spring water, is the first company to be recognized as a Certified Source by Quality Assurance International under their Certified Source for Water Products program. All Trinity bottles are now being shipped with the new QAI certification label.

Polyphenolics Inc., of Madera, Calif., received GRAS affirmation for MegaNatural Gold Grape Seed Extract and MegaNatural GSKE Grape Skin Extract. "The GRAS determination now extends the permitted uses for MegaNatural Gold Grape Seed Extract and GSKE Grapes Skin Extract beyond the nutraceutical arena and into the mass-market beverage segment," said Anil Shrikhande, president of Polyphenolics, a division of Canandaigua Wine Co., which manufactures ingredients for the pharmaceutical, nutritional and beverage industries.

Correction: In November 2001 Company News, the authors of the International Journal of Sports Medicine study, "The Effects of B-Sitosterol (BSS) and B-Sitosterol Glucoside (BSSG) Mixture on Selected Immune Parameters of Marathon Runners: Inhibition of Post Marathon Immune Suppression and Inflammation," were misidentified. The study's authors are P.J. D. Bouic, A. Clark, J. Lamprecht, E.J. Pool, R.W. Leibenberg, D. Kotze and P.P. van Jaarsveld.

People News
Soft Gel Technologies Inc., based in Los Angeles, hired Deanne Dolnick into the recently created position of technical services education supervisor. Dolnick received her Master's degree in dietetics from California State University at Northridge and has been in the nutrition industry for more than five years. Dolnick will be in charge of creating and presenting product information to customers and handling technical questions from customers and others interested in purchasing products. SGTI is a manufacturer of soft gel supplements and herbal nutrients.

The San Francisco, Calif.-based Vitasoy USA has appointed Thomas Osetek president and CEO. Osetek will be responsible for long-term strategic development as well as the day-to-day management of the business operation. Vitasoy USA produces soy beverages, tofu, Asian pastas, teas and juices.

Organic Valley recently announced the election of Theresa Marquez to the board of directors of the Organic Trade Association. Marquez joined Organic Valley in 1994 as marketing director and currently overseas advertising and public relations, sales, creative services, Web site design and outreach, farmer relations and consumer affairs for the co-op. Marquez has been in the organic industry for more than 20 years and has served on the Oregon Tilth Certification Advisory Board.

Frontier Natural Products Co-op of Boulder, Colo., recently completed restructuring its management team with its most recent addition, Mike Internicola, as chief customer officer and general manager of sales. Internicola will handle all Frontier sales activities from the newly established West Coast office in Portland, Ore. Internicola joins Chief Marketing Officer Terry Tierney, Chief Financial Specialist George Rountree and Vice President of Research and Development Kerin Franklin. Together with CEO Steve Hughes, the management team has already begun to expand the co-op's Frontier brand presence and to develop new brands while servicing its current 15,000 retail members.
Frontier also recently appointed Peter Roy to its board of directors. Roy is a natural products industry veteran and former president of Whole Foods Market Inc.
Roy also joined the board of directors of Organic Bouquet Inc., a company aiming to establish the organic flower category. Dave Smith, cofounder and former president of Smith and Hawken gardening stores, was recently named president of Organic Bouquet. Smith's primary duties will be focusing on the catalog and online store.

Nutrition 21 Inc., a Purchase, N.Y.-based manufacturer of proprietary nutritional ingredients, has named Kristin Latzo assistant director of product development for the consumer products division. Latzo began her career as a nutrition policy lobbyist and intern with Public Voice for Food and Health Policy in Washington, D.C.

Interhealth Nutraceuticals based in Benicia, Calif., announced the promotion of Gary Troxel to executive vice president. Troxel has been with the company for 10 years and previously served as vice president of international sales. Interhealth researches, develops, manufactures, markets and distributes nutritional ingredients to manufacturers of dietary supplements and nutraceutical food and beverage products.

Natural Foods Merchandiser volume XXIII/number 1/p. 40, 42

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