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Tribest Corp., designer of small kitchen appliances, recently won the Gold Star of Excellence Award in the Equipment Category at the 2004 Canadian Health Food Association Trade Show.

Feed the Children, a nonprofit humanitarian relief organization, recently received a large donation of shelf-stable Mori-Nu tofu from Morinaga Nutritional Foods of Torrance, Calif., for tsunami relief in South Asia. Pallets of the Silken Tofu packed in Tetra Brik aseptic containers will be distributed to victims of the Dec. 26 earthquake and tsunami.

Ojai, Calif.-based tea producer/distributor Zhena?s Gypsy Tea announced that it is sending clothing, food, shoes and medical supplies to the tsunami-ravaged Sri Lanka region. ?We are very touched here at Gypsy Tea, as all of our products come from the precious hands in these places where the tsunami hit,? said the company?s founder, Zhena Muzyka. Zhena?s Gypsy Tea recently won the ?Top New Supplier Sales? award from Frontier Natural Products Co-op.

Los Angeles-based Jarrow Formulas announced the co-branding of coenzyme Q10 with Kaneka Corp. of Japan. Kaneka is the world?s largest manufacturer of CoQ10.

Stacy?s Pita Chip Co., a Randolph, Mass.-based manufacturer of natural snack foods, announced plans to expand production of its line of pita and soy chips and relocate to a new, larger factory. The new facility in Randolph is 183,000 square feet?up from 38,500 at the previous site.

Phoenix-based nutritional supplements manufacturer Generation+ is moving its corporate headquarters into a new, larger facility. The new headquarters will be at 9831 South 51st St., Suite B-133. The new facility will house administrative and sales offices as well as a larger warehouse space.

Extracts & Ingredients Ltd., an affiliate of Morre-Tec Industries Inc., has been appointed the exclusive representative for Kalichem Italia?s line of olive oil-based excipients and functional additives.

Proliant Health Ingredients announced that Stauber Performance Ingredients Inc., of Fullerton, Calif., has been appointed the U.S. marketing representative for its ImmunoLin and NutraGammax products.

Integrated Marketing Group, a Salt Lake City-based marketing and branding agency, has established a working relationship with SimplyH LLC, an organization that focuses on products and services for the mind, body and spirit. IMG will initially develop and execute an integrated product launch campaign that includes graphic design, trade advertising and public relations for the new SimplyH product, Toddler Health.

Pizzey?s Milling, an Angusville, Manitoba, Canada-based flaxseed supplier, has recently updated its Web presence at The new Web site offers flaxseed information, product specifications and formulations.

Natural foods manufacturer Crofters Food Ltd. announced that its production facility in Parry Sound, Ontario, Canada, has recently been HACCP-certified through SGS Canada. HACCP certification of this facility has been the last step in a $1.8 million upgrade of the plant, which has been finalized over the past year.?The company?scored more than 90 percent in all categories of the evaluation.

The Vitamin Angel Alliance, a nonprofit, nonsectarian organization created in 1994 to fight malnutrition and childhood blindness around the world, delivered 1.6.million vitamins and supplements in 45 countries in 2004, according to its year-end progress report. The organization?s most ambitious, far-reaching program is the Vitamin See campaign, which seeks to prevent vitamin A-deficiency childhood blindness in the 140 million children at risk worldwide. With the help of funding from Johnson & Johnson, The Vitamin Angel Alliance launched the program in India and is treating 250,000 children.

The Campaign to Label Genetically Engineered Foods, an organization formed for the purpose of lobbying Congress and the president to pass legislation that will require the labeling of genetically engineered foods in the United States, has changed its name to simply The Campaign. The change, according to President Craig Winters, reflects the organization?s broadening involvement in related issues, including protecting organic crops from cross-pollination by biotech crops, safety testing of all genetically engineered crops, and proper regulations for crops that are genetically modified to produce pharmaceutical drugs and industrial chemicals. Additionally, the Campaign has moved its main office to Virginia in order to be closer to Washington, D.C.

Bascom Maple Farms, an Alstead, N.H.-based maple producer and family farm, has acquired Brattleboro, Vt.-based Vermont Gold. The acquisition includes both the brand name and the Vermont manufacturing facility.

Leap of Faith Farms of Panama, Central America, has designated Herb Barber & Sons of Westfield, N.Y., as its exclusive sales agent/broker for the United States and Canada. The brokerage firm is offering industrially packed, organic Noni juice and powder, which are marketed in the fruit juice, health foods, nutraceutical, cosmetic and pet foods industries.

The Shelton Group, a boutique public relations firm specializing in the natural products industry, has added EuroPharma as a client. Located in Green Bay, Wis., EuroPharma is a European-inspired company that offers natural health and beauty products.

Hero Nutritionals, a provider of children?s nutritional supplements, has donated thousands of its Yummi Bears gummy multi-vitamins, as well as stuffed teddy bears, to the Vitamin Angel Alliance?s earthquake/tsunami relief effort. The Yummi Bears vitamins and stuffed bears will be distributed to children affected by the tsunami in Indonesia.

Garuda International Inc., an Exeter, Calif.-based manufacturer and worldwide marketer of nutraceutical raw material ingredients and other nutritional technology products, has recently announced the launch of its new Web site. The new site, located at, delivers key information about Garuda?s services, product offerings and technical services. The site also features an online catalog of Garuda?s product offerings differentiated by application and a product guide. The site will allow Garuda International?s worldwide customers to generate PDF documents of product overviews and specifications.

PETA has singled out several food companies for special recognition in the organization?s second annual Proggy Awards. Proggys (short for ?progress?) are presented to companies that exemplify animal-friendly progress. Of the 50 Proggys awarded this month, eight were won by companies that provided vegan alternatives to old favorites.
Best Overall Vegetarian Food went to Gardenburger Foods. Best New Mock Meat went to Tofurkey Deli Slices from Turtle Island Foods. Best New Faux Dairy Product went to Silk Live! soy smoothies from White Wave. Best Vegan Chocolate went to Ghirardelli.

Sambazon, the company that first introduced the United States to the purple palm berry known as açaí, is gaining acclaim not only for its nutritious fruit pulp but also for its efforts to promote sustainable industry in the Brazilian rain forest. In his new book, The Perricone Promise, and during a recent appearance on Oprah, best-selling author Dr. Nicholas Perricone cites açaí as being one of the most nutritious and powerful foods in the world. Additionally, Food & Wine magazine named Sambazon?s Chief Executive Officer and Founder Ryan Black to its list of 2004 Taste Makers, citing the company?s policy of working with South American farmers to put aside a certain percentage of land per acre of harvested berries, an agreement that has helped preserve 50,000 acres of rain forest.

Cargill, an international provider of food, agricultural and risk-management products and services, announced that it has agreed to acquire The Dow Chemical Co.?s interest in Cargill Dow LLC, the 50:50 joint venture formed in 1997 to commercialize polylactic acid biopolymers. Terms were not disclosed. The transaction is subject to regulatory approval in Europe.

The National Grocers Association has launched, a new Web site designed to be a ?complete supermarket e-learning solution.? Information on training employees and developing a management team, as well as other resources, will be available to members.

Allan Becker, a leader in the natural and specialty food business, announced the formation of ALSID Management Group LLC, a brand management, sales, marketing and consulting firm headquartered in Mahwah, N.J. One of the first clients is Dynamic Nutritional Ltd., for its line of private-label nutritional food bars, powders and liquid shakes.

Bravo! Foods International Corp., a brand-development and marketing company, will expand operations into Canada. Beverage veteran Jeffrey Pencer has joined Bravo! to lead its new Canadian division, which is expected to be operational this fall.

White Wave Foods is the name chosen for the newly consolidated $1.2 billion consumer packaged goods organization that produces of Silk soymilk, Horizon Organic, International Delight coffee creamers, Land O? Lakes creamers, Hershey milkshakes, Marie?s dips and salad dressings and TofuTown tofu products. The newly named company was established when Dean Foods consolidated much of its branded business into one consumer packaged goods organization, which will be located in Broomfield, Colo.

Integrated Marketing Group, a marketing and branding agency, has been hired by BioLogic Health Solutions to help promote new ingredients specifically for the U.S. market. IMG will develop and execute an integrated marketing campaign for BioLogic that includes brand strategy and positioning, logo identity, sales collateral development and public relations.

LycoRed Natural Products Industries Ltd., manufacturer of the natural tomato lycopene complex, announced that LycoMato Powder for functional food use has been self-affirmed Generally Recognized As Safe through an independent evaluation by an expert panel. GRAS status opens the doors for this ingredient to be used to fortify foods with tomato lycopene.

Due to the success of the Pink Ribbon Ringo, a dog toy designed specifically to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Planet Dog has broadened its national philanthropic effort to include Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and has created new fundraising toys. Planet Dog?s goal is to raise $100,000 for the fight against prostate cancer. Blue Ribbon Ringo and Blue Ribbon Buddy, the new fundraising dog toys, are modeled after two of Planet Dog?s best-selling toys. Planet Dog will donate a minimum of 45 cents for each Blue Ribbon Ringo sold, and a minimum of 75 cents for each Blue Ribbon Buddy sold, with a combined minimum guaranteed donation of $20,000. The new toys can be purchased on Planet Dog?s Web site,, or by calling 800.381.1516.

In January, The Healthy School Foods Marketplace held the first event to promote kid-friendly, nutritious foods for schools. The Rhode Island conference attracted 38 vendors. Included on the vendor list were Barbara?s Bakery, Tumaro's Gourmet Tortillas, Oskri Organics, Organic Valley, Cabot Creamery, Stacy's Pita Chips, Snyder's of Hanover, Garelick Farms, Goddess Granola, U.S. Mills, ZenSoy, Kar Nut Products, Izze Beverage, Premier Products, Cotton, Cotton & Hill, Late July Snacks, Our Family Farm, Van Holten's Pickles, Sun-Kist, Tropicana, Apple & Eve, HP Hood, Al's Beverage Co., Patriot Snacks, Smucker Quality Beverages, Yo-Bites, Soy-Nut Butter Co., Healthy Handfuls, Switch Beverage Co., Naturally Fresh, and Hill Orchards. All the vendors set up displays of healthy foods that meet the nutrition guidelines developed by Kids First, the Rhode Island Healthy Schools Coalition, Massachusetts Action for Healthy Kids, or Connecticut's Team Nutrition.

Natural Foods Merchandiser volume XXVI/number 3/p. 168, 170, 172

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