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Greenmont Capital Partners, a new Denver-based private equity fund, has raised more than $15 million to commence operations. Greenmont will focus on emerging companies in natural and organic food and related industries. General partners include Barney Feinblum, S.M. ?Hass? Hassan, Bryan Meehan, Paul Repetto and Mark Retzloff. In addition, many other industry veterans are participating in Greenmont as investors.

Sambazon, the importer of the Amazon rain forest fruit a?ai, has been named by Dr. Nicholas Perricone in his recent New York Times No. 1 selling book, The Perricone Promise, as the premier source for purchasing a?ai, due to the purity and high concentration of acai in Sambazon?s products.

Kemin Foods LC, an operating company of Kemin Industries Inc., has changed its name to Kemin Health LC.

Seventh Generation, the Burlington, Vt.-based maker of nontoxic and environmentally preferable household products, received the Corporate Stewardship Award for Small Business from the United States Chamber of Commerce for Corporate Citizenship. Award recipients are selected based on a demonstration of ethical leadership and corporate stewardship, making a difference in their communities, and contributions to the advancement of important economic and social goals.

Tree of Life/Gourmet Award Foods? two California distribution facilities will be consolidated into one state-of-the-art facility in Los Angeles to improve operating efficiencies and enhance customer services. Effective Feb. 1, Tree of Life/Gourmet Award Foods California will provide complete sales, marketing and distribution services to the regional marketplace.

Volvic Natural Spring Water, AMI Imports LLC, introducted a new advertising campaign and Web site ( to promote the imported brand in North America.

Monterey Pasta Company, based in Salinas, Calif., has changed its name to Monterey Gourmet Foods Inc., effective immediately. The change reflects the company?s strategic direction and internal focus.

Los Angeles-based Soft Gel Technologies Inc. was awarded U.S. Patent #6,806,259 for its Injuv soft gelatin capsule formulation to provide the primary benefit of internally softening the human skin.

Generation+, a Phoenix, Ariz.-based manufacturer, marketer and distributor of dietary supplements, is teaming up with Zelo Creative Group, a marketing, design and graphic communications firm, for renewed branding and new-product launches.

Native Sun Natural Foods, a Jacksonville, Fla.-based natural foods supermarket, has earned the designation of ?Certified Organic? by Quality Assurance International. QAI?s Organic Certification Program for retailers verifies that organic goods are handled according to stringent national guidelines set forth by the U.S. Department of Agriculture?s National Organic Program.

NOW Foods, a Bloomington, Ill.-based natural products manufacturer and distributor, has launched a free weekly health e-newsletter that delivers information on a wide variety of health-related topics, including nutrition, exercise and dietary supplements. Each weekly edition contains articles on aging, bone health, diabetes, heart health, men?s health, women?s health, vitamins, industry news and many other relevant topics. Free subscriptions to the e-newsletter are available at

The Dietary Supplement Education Alliance has launched an online vitamin E resource center in response to media coverage of a study questioning the safety of the popular supplement. The Web site is

Pharmachem Laboratories Inc., a Kearney, N.J.-based developer/supplier/manufacturer of food supplements, announced its collaboration with Vitamin Angel Alliance, a charitable organization, to provide multi-vitamins for impoverished and malnourished children in Tibet. Together with Pharmachem and other partners, the Alliance recently sent more than 645,000 multivitamin tablets to Tibet, where undernourished Tibetan children face hunger and listlessness, as well as blindness and debilitating diseases due to deficiencies in vitamins and minerals.

Arlington Heights, Ill.-based vitamin E supplier Carlson Laboratories announced that E-Gems 400 IU has passed product testing, meeting their quality standard for that product category.

Natracare, an Aurora, Colo.-based natural feminine hygiene company, announced that its organic cotton tampons have received Ode Magazine?s 2005 award for the best organic product. In addition, Natracare?s new packaging was a finalist for the Best Packaging Awards at Expo East 2004 in Washington, D.C.

Natural Foods Merchandiser volume XXVI/number 2/p. 54, 57

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