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Company and people news: May 2011

Company and people news: May 2011

NFM editors sift through numerous press releases each month to offer you a variety of happenings in the industry, from companies opening new facilities or winning awards or creating new products/lines to newly-hired, -appointed and -promoted employees within naturals companies.

Company news

Wakunaga of America, a supplements company based in Mission Viejo, Calif., opened a plant in Mira Loma, Calif.

Reserveage Organics, a resveratrol-focused supplements and personal care company in Gainesville, Fla., launched Keratin Booster Bioactive Keratin with Biotin and Resveratrol.

Boulder, Colo.-based grocery chain Sunflower Farmers Market opened stores in Salt Lake City and Roseville, Calif.

Long Beach, Calif.-based ingredient supplier BI Nutraceuticals’ headquarters earned a Safe Quality Food 2000 certificate from NSF International, an independent testing and certification organization based in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Scottsdale, Ariz.-based tea manufacturer China Mist Brands’ Pure Organic Wild Blueberry Green Tea won the Platinum Award, and Pure Organic Lotus Pear Green Tea won the Bronze Award at the World Beverage Competition.

Urbana, Iowa-based essential oil and personal care company Aura Cacia added two new aromatherapy blends to its Soothing Organic Milk & Oat Bath line: Chamomile and Helichrysum with Lemon Balm.

St. Charles, Mo.-based Novus International, in conjunction with its health ingredients division, Stratum Nutrition, donated more than 345,000 zinc tablets to Vitamin Angels, a nonprofit that delivers micronutrients to undernourished women and children worldwide.

Gluten-free food manufacturer Bloomfield Farms opened a 15,000-square-foot gluten-free plant in Bardstown, Ky.

East Rutherford, N.J.-based medicinal mushroom supplements company Mushroom Wisdom launched the Health-Mate line of formulas featuring its patented Maitake SX-Fraction.

Washington, D.C.-based Hemp Industries Association and Vote Hemp, a hemp advocacy group based in Brattleboro, Vt., announced that the second annual Hemp History Week will be May 2 to 8.

R.W. Knudsen Family, an all-natural juice products brand in Chico, Calif., is celebrating 50 years in business by giving away commemorative bottles of Sparkling Concord Grape Juice and “The Grape Escape,” a grand-prize trip to Napa Valley, Calif.

Seattle-based grocery chain PCC Natural Markets’ Edmond, Wash., store earned LEED Platinum and Salmon-Safe certifications.

Cleveland-based probiotics distributor Ganeden launched enLiven probiotic yogurt exclusively at Walmart stores.

Oslo, Norway-based Aker BioMarine Antarctic’s Superba Krill Oil was deemed generally recognized as safe by an independent panel.

Northampton, Mass.-based brand consultancy Pure Branding’s rebrand of Brevard, N.C.-based certified-organic herb grower and liquid herbal extracts manufacturer Gaia Herbs won a REBRAND 100 Global Award.

Los Angeles-based supplements manufacturer Jarrow Formulas donated more than 6,000 bottles of vitamins to Green Wells EECP Health Center, a clinic in Huffington Park, Calif., focused on noninvasive heart-treatment procedures.

Hicksville, N.Y.-based dessert manufacturer Kozy Shack partnered with the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute’s The Heart Truth campaign, which educates women about heart health.

Justin’s, a natural and organic nut butter company based in Boulder, Colo., began selling its Peanut Butter Cups at natural foods stores nationwide. 

West Palm Beach, Fla.-based supplements company Garden of Life launched a giveaway of more than 700,000 copies of CEO Jordan Rubin’s new book The Raw Truth (Garden of Life, 2010) in January.

People news

Angie and Dan Bastian, founders of Mankato, Minn.-based Angie’s Kettle Corn, performed a stove-top cooking demonstration on “The Martha Stewart Show” in January.

Washington, D.C.-based Natural Products Association promoted Cara Welch to vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs and hired Seva Raskin as membership recruitment manager.

Santa Cruz, Calif.-based Blue Horizon Wild, a frozen seafood products manufacturer, announced that Edward Cassano will act as senior vice president and director of sustainability.

Gainesville, Fla.-based supplements and personal care company Reserveage Organics hired Chris Peruzzi as national sales manager.

Ken Sadowsky joined Princeton, N.J.-based functional beverage maker Bai Brands as an investor and advisor, and Kat Haddon was named marketing coordinator.

Delray Beach, Fla.-based nutraceutical marketing firm Nutritional Products International named Stephen Kirschner chief financial officer.

Schiff Nutrition International, a supplements and nutrition bars manufacturer in Salt Lake City, named Tarang Amin CEO, president and director.

VitaminSpice, a Norristown, Pa.-based spice and food products manufacturer, hired Marc Meyers as chief scientific officer and vice president of research and development., a Boca Raton, Fla.-based online retailer of health and wellness products, appointed Edwin Kozlowski and Stuart Goldfarb to its board of directors and audit committee.

Mitchell, S.D.-based Performance Pet Products, a natural pet foods and treats supplier, hired Seth Kaufman (left) as vice president of business development and Nate Thomas (right) as vice president of research and development.

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