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The Council for Responsible Nutrition announced the addition of three new member companies as voting members: General Nutrition Centers Inc., of Pittsburgh; Nashai Biotech LLC of Nashville, Tenn.; and Pulse Nutrition Solutions Inc. of Deerfield, Ill.

NSF International, the Public Health and Safety Company, announces its certification of Gel-Tec's Q-Gel dietary supplement product line, a division of the Westbury, N.Y.-based Tishcon Corp. The NSF Program, the only dietary certification program accredited by the American National Standards Institute, provides ingredient verification, formulation review, contaminant testing, safety evaluations, Good Manufacturing Practices plant audits and ongoing monitoring for continued conformance to NSF standards. NSF has awarded 219 certifications.

The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey was awarded a research contract to conduct the congressionally mandated The Healthy Foundation's Better Student Research Initiative. The goal is to determine whether daily vitamins improve the academic performance of at-risk children.

Lesaffre Yeast, a subsidiary of the Paris-based global yeast producer Lesaffre et Compagnie, acquired Stranks Management and its subsidiaries.

BTG, a global technology commercialization company, and Cohen Marketing Services announced an agreement allowing BTG to commercialize a technology that allows for higher soy content in baked goods, snack foods and other dough-based foods.

An agreement between Minneapolis-based Cargill Health & Food Technologies and Japanese sweetener producer Hayashibara Co. Ltd. makes Cargill H&FT the sole European distributor of the cornstarch sugar trehalose.

Forbes Medi Tech Inc., a developer and producer of pharmaceutical and nutraceutical products for prevention of cardiovascular and related diseases, signed a licensing and sales agreement with Iijin Pharmaceuticals to supply Reducol in dietary supplements and functional foods in South Korea.

The Endangered Species Chocolate Co., based in Talent, Ore., moved into the No. 1 spot in the natural chocolate candy category, according to SPINS data. The Endangered Species Chocolate Co. donates at least 10 percent of profits to environmental organizations.

United Natural Foods Inc., based in Dayville, Conn., received approval from local officials to expand its Iowa City, Iowa, distribution facility from 120,000 square feet to 260,000 square feet.

The Progressive Investor announced the winners of its second annual Top 20 All-Star Sustainable Stock Picks, honoring companies based on their contributions toward a sustainable environment and their financial strength. Winners include Green Mountain Coffee, Horizon Organic Dairy, United Natural Foods Inc. and Whole Foods Markets.

The Village of LaFarge, Wis., the Wisconsin Department of Commerce and the USDA have teamed up with Organic Valley Family of Organic Valley Farms to begin work on a $4 million Organic Valley headquarters. The 45,000-square-foot building will contain green design features, and is intended to be a tribute to the next generation of organic farmers.

The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy teamed with the Global Resource Action Center for the Environment to produce the "Eat Well Guide," a free primer on all meat raised sustainably and without routine use of antibiotics. The guide will be released Nov. 1.

Martek Biosciences Corp., a Columbia, Md.-based developer and manufacturer of microalgae products, signed an agreement to acquire certain assets and assume certain responsibilities of FermPro Manufacturing LP. Kingstree, S.C.-based FermPro provides contract fermentation services.

Irwindale, Calif.-based Nellson Nutraceuticals Inc. acquired Bariatrix Products Int'l. Inc., based in Montreal. Bariatrix, a producer of functional bar products, becomes Nellson's fifth production facility for functional bars and powders in the U.S. and Canada.

People News
Hauppauge, N.Y.-based Nature's Answer appointed Rob Denton national sales manager. Denton founded and for 12 years managed Trans Action Natural, a natural products sales and marketing company.

Basketball legend Earvin "Magic" Johnson will deliver the keynote address at the Seventh Annual Supply Side West International Trade Show and Conference. The address is sponsored by Unigen Pharmaceuticals Inc., based in Broomfield, Colo.

Tropical Nut & Fruit, based in Charlotte, N.C., promoted Matt Callenberger to director of purchasing, where he will oversee purchasing for Tropical's warehouses in Charlotte, N.C., Atlanta, Memphis, Tenn., and Washington, D.C.

At the National Nutritional Foods Association's annual convention and trade show, NNFA MarketPlace, the first annual Socially Responsible Retailer awards were presented to Betsy Billingslea of Betsy's Health Foods, Houston, and Eve Prang Plews of Full Spectrum Health in Sarasota, Fla. Also at the NNFA annual meeting, new national board members were announced. New retailer directors are Carol DeLa Rosa of Honey Bee Natural Foods in Brownwood, Texas; Jim Lewis of Sunseed Natural Foods Inc. in West Bend, Wis.; Marianne Morgan of Health Habit in San Andreas, Calif.; and Jim Smith of Apple-A-Day Health World in Gadsden, Ala. New supply directors are Ryan Drexler of Country Life/Desert Essence in Hauppauge, N.Y., and David Heilman of General Nutrition Corp. in Pittsburgh, Pa. Re-elected board members are Gary Barrows of Bluebonnet Nutrition Corp. in Sugarland, Texas; Gary Hume of Nutraceutical Corp. in Park City, Utah; Scott Presnall of Advantage Sales and Marketing in Irvine, Calif; and Debra Short of Debra's ... Naturally in Shawnee, Okla.

EuroPharma, Inc., a Green Bay, Wis.-based natural health and beauty products company, hired Stephanie Kissner as art director in the company's newly formed creative department.

Carrington Laboratories Inc., based in Irving, Texas, announced that Ronald Ray Blanck, M.D., retired lieutenant general, former surgeon general of the U.S. Army and commanding general of the Army Medical Command, has been elected to Carrington's board of directors. Blanck is now president of the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, Texas.

Michael J. Neuwirth, who previously served on the executive committee and as director of corporate communications and consumer affairs for Acirca Inc., formed Neuwirth Communications LLC to provide strategic communications counsel to food and beverage companies, nonprofits and the health and wellness industry.

AMI Imports LLC, sales and marketing agent of Volvic Natural Spring Water, appointed Olivier Sonnois as chief executive officer. Sonnois has held senior positions at Evian and Dannon. He was vice president of strategy and business development with Acirca Inc., marketer of Walnut Acres.

New Era Nutrition Inc. added three new members to its board of directors. Anthony Almada is founder, director and chief scientific officer of IMAGINutrition Inc., and formerly was co-founder, chief scientific officer and president of Experimental and Applied Science. Kelley Fitzpatrick is manager of the Canadian Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals. She is past president of Saskatchewan Nutraceutical Network and a member of the Expert Advisory Panel for Standards of Evidence for Health Claims for Foods, Health Canada. Steve Allen, senior board adviser, is vice president for new business development with Nestlé USA.

Natural Foods Merchandiser volume XXIV/number 9/p. 135-136

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