Retailer Earth Fare of Asheville, N.C., will open a second location in the South Asheville/Arden area in May 2006. At 32,000 square feet, the new location will be the 14-store chain's largest and will create more than 70 new jobs.
Ideasphere Inc., of Hauppage, N.Y., acquired assets of Metabolife International Inc., a San Diego-based maker of diet and nutritional supplements, which has been operating under Chapter 11 bankruptcy since July 2005.
Tree of Life, a distributor of natural and specialty foods based in St. Augustine, Fla., has donated more than $157,000 to the American Red Cross's Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief Fund.
Loders Croklaan, an oils and fats producer from Channahon, Ill., is planning to double the size of its facility.
The American Botanical Council, an Austin, Texas-based herbal medicine research and education organization, received one of four grants from the Weil Foundation. ABC also launched its second Herbal Information Course, which is available to retailers at www.herbtraining.com.
Homegrown Naturals Inc., of Napa, Calif., acquired Annie's Naturals.
Nordic Naturals is sponsoring Real Savvy Moms, a multimedia educational initiative that offers new mothers nutritional information on www.realsavvymoms.com. A syndicated TV program, "Real Moms, Real Stories, Real Savvy," aired on public television in January.
Wildfire Sales, the Glen Cove, NY-based broker, plans to expand its natural products sales representation services to the southeastern U.S.
California Certified Organic Farmers is expanding its Going Organic farmer training, education and mentoring program with renewed funding from the California State Water Board. The program aims to increase organic acreage five percent in the program's regions.
Old Mother Hubbard, a natural pet foods and supplements manufacturer, hosted the Valued Partner Appreciation Reception, which honored business partners of the Wellness and Old Mother Hubbard brands.
Ronkonkoma, N.Y.-based American Health, a manufacturer of dietary supplements, earned certification from Shuster Laboratories Retail Qualification.
Capsugel of Greenwood, S.C., is opening the Americas Region Formulation Center.
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