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Eagan, Minn.-based drug development company Biopolymer Engineering Inc. has changed its name to Biothera.

In honor of the 35th annual celebration of Earth Day on April 22, Seventh Generation launched the Celebrate Earth Day Sweepstakes at natural products stores across the United States. Seventh Generation will award more than $1 million in prizes, including seven Toyota Prius fuel-efficient hybrid automobiles, and organic cotton bed and bath collections from William Claypool.

Natural and organic food distributor United Natural Foods Inc. has announced plans to open a new distribution facility in Rocklin, Calif.

Vital Living Inc., a Phoenix-based nutraceuticals manufacturer, has entered into an agreement with Wellness Now LLC, which will act as a master distributor for all areas of the United States that are not being reached by Vital Living?s current distribution channels.

Nutritional bioscience company Nutrition 21 Inc. and disease-management company XLHealth Corp. have formed an agreement in principle for a program that will make Nutrition 21?s nutritional supplement for diabetes, Diachrome, available to people with diabetes who participate in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid-sponsored Chronic Care Improvement Program in Tennessee.

San Diego-based Quality Assurance International Inc., a provider of organic certifications and CERT ID, a leader in nongenetically modified organism certification, have partnered to offer food companies organic and non-GMO certifications. The strategic alliance was formed so that food companies can undergo two separate certifications during the same inspection visit.

Enzymatic Therapy, a Green Bay, Wis.-based manufacturer of nutritional supplements, has earned the organic processor certification from the American Food Safety Institute.

The NutrAwards, which honor the best new natural products ingredient or technology, as evaluated on scientific merit, efficacy, safety, innovation, market potential and ability to increase market credibility, were awarded at this year?s Natural Products Expo West. The winners were: C12 Peption, a hydrolyzed milk protein developed by DMV Int?l. that helps control blood pressure; and Univestin, an antioxidant developed by Unigen Pharmaceuticals that helps improve physical function in osteoarthritis sufferers.

The Santa Cruz, Calif.-based Organic Farming Research Foundation was given $118,000 by OFRF charter member Working Assets at the foundation?s Eighth Annual Meet and Greet Organic Benefit Luncheon at Natural Products Expo West. About 400 people, including actors Daryl Hannah and Ed Begley Jr., dined on a gourmet, organic Mexican menu created by chefs Chris Blobaum and Donna Prizgintas. The luncheon raised $60,000 to $70,000 for OFRF.

Natural Foods Merchandiser volume XXVI/number 5/p. 56

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