Natural Foods Merchandiser

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Los Angeles-based natural beverage manufacturer Reeds Inc. is teaming up with Boulder, Colo.-based Renewable Choice Energy to purchase all of its energy in the form of wind power.

Horizon Organic honored 24 organic farmers from Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Oregon with its Exceptional Quality Award, which recognizes the top 10 percent of the company's farmer partners.

Vitamin Relief USA has launched a new online mall at, where a portion of each sale benefits VRUSA's children's programs, which provide daily vitamins to malnourished children.

SPINS, a San Francisco-based natural market research firm, and ACNielsen, a New York-based marketing information provider, are working together to develop new products and services for clients in the natural and organic, and health and wellness industries.

Pure Fruit Technologies, an American Fork, Utah-based juice supplement manufacturer, named New Frontier Marketing broker of the year for reaching sales goals. Pure Fruit also recently created a strategic business council as an advisory board.

Venice, Fla.-based Living Naturally entered into a Web site development partnership with InnoVision Health Media of Boulder, Colo.

Terra Nostra Organic, a Vancouver, British Columbia-based chocolate maker, won the top award from the International Taste and Quality Institute of Brussels for its 73 percent Intense Dark Bar.

Burlington, Vt.-based Seventh Generation, a manufacturer of environmentally safe household products, has launched its first blog at

La Farge, Wis.-based Organic Valley Family of Farms is constructing a new distribution warehouse in Cashton, Wis., which is expected to open in spring 2007.

Ann Arbor, Mich.-based certifier NSF International awarded good manufacturing practices certification to Blue California's ingredient manufacturing facility in the People's Republic of China.

Organic Bouquet of Mill Valley, Calif., partnered with Climate Trust, a Portland, Ore.-based nonprofit organization, to purchase carbon offsets and alleviate greenhouse gases generated from transporting flowers. Organic Bouquet will take part in Climate Trust's Truck Stop Electrification Program, which aims to reduce diesel emissions at truck stops by having truckers power their rigs with electricity at night instead of idling their engines.

Research and consulting firm The Toxicology Group LLC has changed its name to Global Lifescience Solutions LLC.

Hidden Villa Ranch of Fullerton, Calif., has been approved to use the Certified Humane label from Humane Farm Animal Care, a Herndon, Va.-based nonprofit organization. The ranch produces cage-free and organic cage-free eggs for the Wild Oats Natural Marketplace brand.

Saxtons River, Vt.-based Mediterranean Delights, maker of natural, organic and kosher foods, will now distribute its organic hummus in Earth Fare's 12 stores in the Southeast.

Missoula, Mont.-based Technical Sourcing International, a nutraceutical manufacturer celebrating its 10th anniversary, changed its name to TSI Health Sciences.

Metagenics Inc., a nutraceuticals manufacturer, has acquired Biodynamics, a Belgium-based nutraceuticals manufacturer. The San Clemente, Calif.-based Metagenics also obtained Biodynamics' other businesses, including Dutch distributor Euro-Nutri, shipping and logistics company Special Nutritional Europe and a 28 percent interest in French distributor Bionutrics. Metagenics also launched Ultracare First Start Medical Food Program to help fight childhood metabolic syndrome.

United Natural Foods Inc. is working with Vitamin Angel Alliance's Honduras multivitamin program to address chronic malnutrition and vitamin deficiency diseases in 30,000 children in rural Honduras.

—Lisa Ganz and Brian Park

Natural Foods Merchandiser volume XXVII/number 8/p. 50

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