Birmingham, Ala.-based Clayton College of Natural Health has been awarded the Quality Standards Certification by the United States Distance Learning Association. USDLA/QS certification is awarded for a five-year period, subject to continued satisfactory performance, adherence to the code of conduct and an integral program of continuous improvement. CCNH is a worldwide college of natural health, traditional naturopathy and holistic nutrition.
Guayaki Yerba Mate, based in Sebastopol, Calif., won the annual “Worldwide Award for the Most Democratic Workplace,” sponsored by Atlanta-based WorldBlu. The award was based on the organization’s practice of 10 democratic principles such as decentralization, accountability, transparency, integrity and choice on leadership, individual, systems and processes levels. Guayaki was the only beverage company to win the award.
Lehi, Utah-based XanGo Juice received the 2008 Clear Choice Award for its bottle design at the Food Marketing Institute Show in Las Vegas.
Los Angeles-based Irwin Naturals partnered with Santa Barbara, Calif.-based nonprofit Vitamin Angels to support worldwide nutrition needs. To maximize donations, Irwin Naturals developed a program involving consumers and store employees through promotion efforts with television advertising, in-store displays and brochures.
Urbana, Iowa-based aromatherapy manufacturer Aura Cacia awarded its first $500 scholarship to Christine Burgess of Salt Lake City for the California School of Herbal Studies in the Roots of Herbalism program. Burgess was recognized for her passion for sustainable practices and for her commitment to applying her learning to help the underprivileged.
Brattleboro, Vt.-based New Chapter and Ojai, Calif.-based Nourish America have joined to help improve the health of New York’s poor and homeless by providing them with New Chapter’s multivitamins and supplements.
Carver, Mass.-based Decas Cranberry Products announced it is launching a wind-power feasibility study and installing a wind turbine to power about half of its current operations.
Tampa Bay, Fla.-based manufacturer ReNew Life expanded its associate education program to include free online Web-based education courses at aep.renewlife.com. Topics include the digestive system, digestive conditions, detoxification, optimum nutrition, children, candida and parasites and weight management.
Long Island City, N.Y.-based White Coffee announced it has received organic processor and fair-trade certifications.
Three of Dover, N.H.-based EcoFish’s Henry & Lisa’s Natural Seafood brand items were selected in May by the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade as silver finalists in the Annual Specialty Outstanding Food Innovation Awards. The products were judged on quality, innovation, packaging, ingredient profile, pricing and other attributes.
Oakland, Calif.-based Numi Organic Tea won the Best New Educational or Training Product award at the Specialty Coffee Association of America’s 20th Annual Conference & Exhibition in Minneapolis in May for its six-minute Journey into Flowering Tea documentary DVD.
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