Natural Foods Merchandiser

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Horizon Organic, an organic dairy manufacturer based in Boulder, Colo., will voluntarily pay regional dairy farmers more money for organic milk to offset spikes in regional costs they are experiencing. The company will not pass this cost on to retailers at this time, so Horizon Organic retail prices should remain stable even as conventional milk prices rise.

derma e Natural Bodycare, a natural skin and hair care company based in Simi Valley, Calif., named Brokerage of Quality Foods Inc. as the ?derma e Broker of the Year 2003.? BQF, based in Honolulu, received the award for achieving the highest increase in percentage sales for the year.

Boulder, Colo.-based Wild Oats is working with Colorado On the Move, a statewide initiative to end obesity, in teaching schoolchildren about the importance of physical activity and proper nutrition. To kick off the program, hundreds of Wild Oats employees, including Chief Executive Officer Perry Odak, and children from Superior Elementary School participated in the ?Take Steps Against Obesity Walk,? in Superior, Colo., on May 19. Wild Oats also donated 100 step counters to Superior Elementary School.

Seven organic food and beverage manufacturers launched a six-month, 11-city tour to spotlight organic foods. The ?Organic and Natural Experience? tour features Annie?s Homegrown, Clif Bar, Fantastic Foods, Nature?s Path Foods, Odwalla and Organic Valley. The ONE tour has already stopped in Washington, D.C., New York, Boston, Minneapolis, Boulder, Colo., and Portland, Ore. In October, the ONE tour will continue in Denver, and San Jose, Calif.

Newman?s Own Organics, an organic snack and pet food manufacturer based in Aptos, Calif., announced it has extended the territory of its broker, B.I.N. Sales and Marketing, to the entire East Coast. B.I.N Sales and Marketing is an independent broker with offices in Connecticut, Rhode Island and Florida. Newman?s Own Organics made the decision after experiencing high growth in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.

BI Nutraceuticals, a Long Beach, Calif.-based supplement ingredients supplier, has opened two offices in China.

Croda Health Care, based in the United Kingdom, has doubled its manufacturing capacity for omega-3 and -6 lipids at a new plant in Staffordshire, England.

Nearly 250 natural food retailers convened for the sixth annual open house held by NOW Foods, a natural products manufacturer/distributor based in Bloomingdale, Ill. The event, which took place on April 30 and May 1, featured speakers who educated retailers about NOW Foods.

Farmstead cheesemaker Haystack Mountain Goat Dairy of Niwot, Colo., recently opened a second creamery in Longmont, Colo. With the new facility, Haystack Mountain aims to double production of its goat cheese products and expand its market to several large cities.

Botanicaps Inc., based in Lake Forest, Calif., has added higher output tablet presses and has begun construction of a high-tech laboratory.

The 2003 Food Allergy Initiative Leadership Award was presented to Enjoy Life Foods of Chicago. The award recognizes companies that work to raise awareness about food allergies and to create safer products.

Spectrum Organic Products Inc., a Petaluma, Calif.-based manufacturer of culinary oils and essential fatty acids, received an outstanding achievement award from the Association for Corporate Growth in San Francisco.

Wisdom Natural Brands, a Mesa, Ariz.-based manufacturer of herbal teas, natural sweeteners and other products, announced it will begin to distribute Sweet and Slender natural sweetener 50-count boxes and SweetLeaf SteviaPlus 100-count boxes at GNC stores nationwide.

Natural Foods Merchandiser volume XXV/number 7/p. 66

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