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Keto Inc., maker of a line of low-carb foods, and Mister Cookie Face Inc., manufacturer of ice cream novelty products, announce a long-term license agreement for the manufacture and distribution of Keto-branded low-carb premium ice creams. Mister Cookie Face introduced the new Keto Ice Cream in October at the National Frozen and Refrigerated Foods Convention.

Metagenics Inc. won the National Nutritional Foods Association?s Good Manufacturing Practices certification and its ?A? rating for compliance to NNFA?s standards, as determined in a comprehensive audit conducted by third-party inspectors.

Vermont Soapworks of Middlebury, Vt., announced at Natural Products Expo East that all of its liquid soaps, shower gels and nontoxic cleaners are now certified as ?made with organic oils,? since more than 70 percent of their ingredients are organic. Its manufacturing operation is also certified as a U.S. Department of Agriculture organic processing facility.

Nordic Naturals Inc., of Watsonville, Calif., moved into its new corporate offices. The company is also looking for a second building that it expects will be needed in the next year.

Mesa, Ariz.-based Wisdom Natural Brands launched its new brand name and identity at the Natural Products Expo East trade show in September 2003. The company formerly was named Wisdom Herbs.

The division of Loders Croklaan formerly known as Loders Croklaan Lipid Nutrition modified its name to Lipid Nutrition, a division of Loders Croklaan. The change was made to emphasize the Wormerveer, Netherlands-based company?s primary business focus: developing and marketing lipid-based health ingredients for the functional foods and dietary supplements industries. The change is accompanied by an image overhaul that includes a new logo.

After receiving a letter from a servicewoman in Iraq, fruit juice producer Apple & Eve sent a special shipment of juice boxes to Tara Kelly and Will Dreisback of the 1st Platoon, 340th Military Police Company in Iraq. Apple & Eve, based in Port Washington, N.Y., hopes to lift the spirits of the troops who are serving far away from home.

Monroe, Wis.-based Glanbia Nutritionals completed the first phase in expanding its whey processing capabilities. The second phase of the $4 million expansion will be complete in early 2004.

Danisco, based in New Century, Kan., launched the 2004 Knowledge Award, a new-product contest for academic institutions. The goal is to accommodate consumer demand for healthy, safe and tasty food. Open to junior, senior or graduate students, the contest will allow students to test their ideas in a commercial environment and gain exposure to the food industry.

Burnaby, British Columbia-based Pro Organics Marketing Inc. received the Ethics in Action Award at the 10th Annual Ethics in Action Awards banquet. The award celebrates businesses and individuals whose commitment to corporate social responsibility has a positive impact on the B.C. community. Pro Organics received the award for developing innovative and meaningful community partnerships and programs.

Dakota Beef Co. of Chicago acquired the first of three planned processing facilities in Howard, S.D. The 20,000-square-foot plant is expected to finalize organic certification by International Certification Services Inc. and allow the company to begin limited production of 100 percent organic beef in spring 2004.

The Council for Responsible Nutrition announced the addition of five new member companies: Bioriginal Food & Science Corp. of Saskatchewan; Merical Vita-Pak Inc. of Anaheim, Calif.; NuLiv Science Inc. with U.S. headquarters in City of Industry, Calif.; Nutrinova, a Frankfurt, Germany-based company; and Nurture Inc. of Devon, Pa.

Dr. Bronner?s Magic Soaps received the Co-op America?s Business Network?s Green Business Leader Award at the Green Business Conference in November 2003. The award was created to recognize a company or business leader that has led the way in creating a just and sustainable society and whose efforts are at the forefront of the green business movement.

Natural Foods Merchandiser volume XXV/number 1/p. 67

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