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Numi Tea, based in Oakland, Calif., was ranked 24th on the nonprofit Initiative for a Competitive Inner City and Inc. magazine's Inner City 100 list, which ranks the fastest growing inner-city companies in America.

Santa Cruz, Calif.-based California Certified Organic Farmers certified the Patty James Cooking School and Nutrition Center in Sebastopol, Calif., making it the nation's first certified organic cooking school. The school opened more than three years ago, offering classes that help people ease into organic cooking and eating.

Berkeley, Calif.-based drugstore Elephant Pharm announced in June that all three of its stores—in Berkeley, San Rafael and Los Altos, Calif.—have been certified as "green businesses" by the Bay Area Green Business Program. The Los Altos and San Rafael stores are the only pharmacies in Santa Clara and Alameda counties to be certified.

Natural Sea, based in Dayville, Conn., announced a new partnership with the Marine Stewardship Council to demonstrate the company's commitment to sustainable fishing practices. Natural Sea brand salmon products sourced from sustainable fisheries will carry the MSC seal on their labels.

San Diego-based jojoBAR is teaming with American Airlines and Kiwi magazine for an in-flight promotion providing education for parents, activities for children and healthy product samples. Flight attendants will offer Kiwi Care Packages to parents traveling with children on select American transcontinental flights.

Iceland-based Icelandic Water Holdings, maker of Icelandic Glacial Natural Spring Water, received CarbonNeutral Certification from climate change company The CarbonNeutral Co.

Forsyth, Mo.-based National Enzyme Co. and Taiwan-based Wedar Biotechnology announced a strategic partnership to feature National Enzyme Co.'s new BioCor line in the Chinese marketplace.

New Sun Nutrition of Santa Barbara, Calif., received $25 million in a Series A Preferred financing round led by Oak Investment Partners. Radar Partners and Thomas Weisel, chairman and chief executive officer of Thomas Weisel Partners, are also participants in the funding round, which provides growth capital to the beverage company to expand national retail distribution.

Wareham, Mass.-based Jim's Organic Coffee joined with Sterling Planet and the Environmental Protection Agency to become 100 percent powered by renewable energy.

Chatsworth, Calif.-based manufacturer Natrol acquired Medical Research Institute. MRI supplies sports nutrition products, primarily distributed through GNC.

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Lacey, Wash.-based supplier Unigen USA formed a new organic synthesis department at its Washington headquarters, which will create synthetic versions of certain natural compounds in response to concerns about long-term environmental impact.

Alkemists Pharmaceuticals of Costa Mesa, Calif., announced that a random analysis of six brands of hoodia supplements found no adulteration or contamination: Hoodoba, Desert Burn, Hoodia Products, HoodiThin, HoodiTrim and HoodiSpray.

Milwaukie, Ore.-based Bob's Red Mill Natural Foods moved to a new 320,000-square-foot manufacturing, packaging, warehouse and office space this summer. Half a mile from the old facility, the new 17-acre spot will allow the company to produce three times as much of its whole-grain products.

Natural Foods Merchandiser volume XXVIII/number 8/p. 50, 53

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