A new Sprouts Farmers Market location in Culver City, Calif., received the first ever Energy Efficiency Leader in Retail Grocery Award from Hussmann and Trane for the sustainable energy and operational efficiency solutions selected for the store.
Irvine, Calif.-based Cyvex Nutrition announced that its BioVin Full Spectrum Grape Extract, and BioVin20 Grape Skin Extract, achieved self-determined Generally Regarded as Safe status and can be safely used in a wide-range of functional foods and beverages.
LifeSeasons, a supplement manufacturer based in Copper Canyon, Texas, launched heart health supplement duo Hyper-T and Choles-T.
Detroit, Mich.-based an organic and natural personal care product manufacturer Pure SKN released SKN Set 2 that includes Foundation, Eye Cream, Toner and Brush.
Bloomingdale, Ill.-based NOW Foods was named one of Chicagos 101 Best & Brightest Companies for the third consecutive year.
Novato, Calif.-based Navitas Naturals launched Organic Freeze-Dried Wheatgrass Powder.
Los Angeles-based supplements manufacturer Jarrow Formulas announced that its IronSorb, Toco-Sorb and Max DHA Fish Oil were featured in the May 2010 issue of Beverly Hills Times Magazine.
The Planet Dog Foundation, Planet Dog's non-profit based in Portland, Maine, announced that the PSA made about their grant-making organization won the Maine 7 Day PSA Contest.
Winter Park, Fla.-based Natural Merchants announced a 90 Point rating from Wine & Spirits magazine in the August issue for its Tarantas Cava Brut.
Seattle-based Choice Organic Teas announced that it has been selected to carry the Jane Goodall Good for All brand on its new product line extension.
St. Louis-based Stratum Nutrition announced that the safety and toxicology report on their novel fiber, Artinia, a branded chitin-glucan ingredient, has been published online in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology.
Amano Pioneer Eclipse, a manufacturer of floor care and sanitation products based in Sparta, N.C., announced that nine of its EnviroStar Green chemicals have been certified by EcoLogo.
Pamela's Products, gluten-free foods producer based in Ukiah, Calif., added two new members to their team. Natural food and gluten-free products veteran Ed Muscat has been named general manager and Alison St. Sure has been named food service coordinator.
Stratum Nutrition, based in St. Charles, Mo., announced that its parent company, Novus International, acquired the IQF Group, a Spanish producer of nutritional additives for the feed industry, as well as a range of carotenoids for foods, beverages and supplements.
San Diego-based Organics Unlimited launched the Fruti Fresh label in the Asian market, offering naturally-grown conventional GROW bananas to Japan, exclusively from its farms in Ecuador.
Chicago-based Embria Health Sciences announced that its immune health ingredient EpiCor has been chosen to be part of this year's Trend & Solution Tour at the Institute of Food Technologists Annual Meeting and Food Expo.
Broomfield, Colo.-based Horizon Organic announced four student recipients of 2010 Horizon Organic Producer Education program scholarships. Each recipient will receive $2,500 towards their education, encouraging them to enter the field of organic agriculture.
Cascadian Farm has become the first official branded and organic crop to be offered in Zyngas popular online game, FarmVille.
Seattle-based Super Supplements, a retailer selling name-brand health and wellness products, announced that it was named as one of the 2010 Washingtons 100 Best Companies to Work For by Seattle Business Magazine.
Watsonville, Calif.-based Nordic Naturals was awarded the 2010 Manufacturer of the Year Award from Vitamin Retailer Magazine. This honor distinguishes the company for its product quality, innovation, industry leadership and retailer support.
Los Angeles-based supplement manufacturer Jarrow Formulas launched Organic Chlorella, which has been processed to break the chlorella cell wall for improved digestion and absorption.
The Natural Products Association announced that more than 300 natural personal care products have been certified through its two-year old natural standard certification program.
Kiss My Face, a body-care manufacturer based in Gardiner, N.Y., partnered with Otisfield, Maine-based nonprofit, nonpolitical Seeds of Peace Collective to create Kiss My Face Peace Soap. Kiss My Face will donate 10 percent of all Peace Soap profits to Seeds of Peace, a summer camp to empower young people from regions of conflict with the leadership skills and interpersonal networks necessary to advance reconciliation and coexistence.
OmniActive Health Technologies, an ingredient supplier based in Short Hills, N.J., exhibited at the 2010 IFT Meeting and Annual Food Expo.
Portland, Ore.-based American College of Healthcare Sciences launched Topics in Holistic Nutrition. NUT is the newest addition to ACHS's innovative holistic nutrition curriculum, Topics in Holistic Nutrition is a critical review of popular media topics and current research into nutrition, food, and health.
Los Angeles-based supplement manufacturer Jarrow Formulas donated more than 10,000 containers of protein powder to Feeding America and the AIDS Project Los Angeles Necessities of Life Program.
Dynamic, creator and manufacturer of professional kitchen equipment based in Memphis, Tenn., is the official distributor of Santos commercial products in the USA and Canada.
Brevard, N.C.-based Gaia Herbs launched its new branding, new packaging, and a new herb traceability program called Meet Your Herbs.
Vernon, Calif.-based Vans Natural Foods, a natural, organic and gluten and allergy friendly frozen breakfast foods, appeared with Al Roker on the Today Shows segment, Lend a Hand. Vans donated $10,000 worth of waffles to the Iowa Homeless Youth Centers.
Beachwood, Ohio- based NaturalProductsBiz.com, a website geared towards providing industry news and resources for the natural products, foods, supplement and health product manufacturing industries, expanded its offerings to include complimentary job postings and access to available talent for job seekers and employers.
Emani Minerals, an organic cosmetics based in Norco, Calif., increased its presence in Europe by signing an official agreement for Emani Minerals to be sold in Ireland.
Brevard, N.C.-based Gaia Herbs Professional Division, under the brand name Professional Solutions, announced its acceptance as a Gold Partner in the Emerson Quality Program, a voluntary program for the nutritional supplement industry facilitates increased awareness of quality by providing healthcare professionals and their patients access to information about the practices of EQP participating manufacturers.
Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods & Oils, based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, announced a partnership with Pukka Herbs that will help the company expand into the regions of the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Watsonville, Calif.-based Nordic Naturals introduced Omega Probiotic, a product that combines fish oil and probiotic spores.
Lancaster, Wis.-based Woolwich Dairy announced a new line of goat cheese Compass with four flavors influenced by the culinary regions of Mexico, Canada, Tuscany and Portugal. The company also added two new flavors to their Chevrai line, honey vanilla and wild blueberry vanilla.
Washington, D.C.-based Natural Products Association expressed concern about the direction of the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotions Report of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010, a draft report assessing revisions and recommendations to the 2005 Dietary Guidelines. Driving NPA's concerns are troubling statements within the report such as ...a daily multivitamin/mineral supplement does not offer health benefits to healthy Americans.
Los Angeles-based Jarrow Formulas launched GABA Soothe with clinically tested ingredients that according to the company will promote calmness while maintaining mental focus.
Princeton, N.J.-based Bai Brands introduced Bai5 Congo Pear, the newest flavor in its family of low-calorie, antioxidant-rich beverages powered by the coffee fruit.
Beginning September 1, 2010, the Natural Products Association will require all natural fragrances in finished natural products to receive certification in its Natural Standard for Personal Care Products program.
Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Ambrosial Granola launched a new website.
Futurebiotics, based in Hauppauge, N.Y., launched a new line of Certified Organic dietary supplements, which includes: Folic Acid, Active Eyes, Digestive Greens, Berry Fruity, Bioactive Antioxidant, Five Grasses, and Seasonal Immunity. Each new certified organic product carries both the USDA organic seal and the NOFA-NY organic logo on the package.
Gainesville, Fla.-based Reserveage Organics launched a new immune support product ViraLaurin Immune.
Detroit-based Pure SKN, a personal care manufacturer, released a full line of cosmetics and skin care products that are gluten-free and contain organic ingredients and nutrients.
Novato, Calif.-based Navitas Naturals announced its new product Organic Camu Powder.
Trailblazer Food Products, based in Portland, Ore., received an Excellent Food Safety rating from Siliker for the fourth consecutive year.
Reviva Labs, a personal care manufacturer based in Haddonfield, N.J., received Cosmetic Innovator of the Year in the skin-care category from the Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors Association.
Turner, Ore.-based Willamette Valley Vineyards was honoured at Rainforest Alliances annual gala held in May.
Los Angeles-based supplements manufacturer Jarrow Formulas announced that Jarro-Dophilus EPS ad Neuro Optimizer each won a Vitamin Retailer Magazines Vity Award.
Santa Clarita, Calif.-based Granola Gourmets energy bars are now sold at select Vons, Pavilions and Safeway stores throughout California.
Half Moon Bay, Calif.-based Odwallas third annual Plant a Tree program expanded to include all 50 states.
Boulder, Colo.-based Bobos Oat Bars was recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in Boulder and Broomfield counties during the 2007-2009 fiscal years.
BI Nutraceuticals, a supplement manufacturer based in Long Beach, Calif., installed a fifth mill at its manufacturing facility in Suzhou, China.
Louisville, Colo.-based MyChelle Dermaceuticals paired with Medicine Horse Ranch to co-host a fashion show fundraiser called Beauty and the Beast.
The Natural Products Association supported the Dietary Supplement Full Implementation and Enforcement Act of 2010.
Los Angeles-based supplement formulator Jarrow Formulas received a patent that describes methods for producing reduced, methylated, biologically active forms of folate.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office presented to a Congressional panel the results of a secret shopper investigation, which found that in a number of retail establishments visited, the salesperson made inappropriate or illegal claims about dietary supplements.
EVOL Burritos, based in Boulder, Colo., announced a new line three-ounce mini burritos.
Detroit-based Pure NRG launched the Plus bar line that are vegan, gluten-free, shelf stable and raw.
Bready Home Baking System, based in Columbia, Mo., launched a line bread machines designed especially for people with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity.
National Organic Standards Board is seeking nominations for five positions: two organic producers, two consumers/public interests and one USDA accredited certifying agent.
Boulder, Colo.-based Justins Nut Butter is now available at Seattles Best Coffee cafes as a healthy condiment in its food program.
Ferndale, Wash.-based Barleans Organic Oils added two new flavors mango-peach and pina colada to its all-natural flavored Omega Swirls fish oil supplements.
Health magazine named the Natures Gate Sunless Tanner one of Americas Healthiest Buys of 2010 in the Self-Tanner category.
East Hartford, Conn.-based gluten-free granola manufacturer Bakery On Main experienced a fire on June 1 at approximately 9:30 a.m. in its granola and granola bar manufacturing plant. The fire started due to a faulty exhaust fan located in an attic area.
Tampa Bay, Fla.-based ReNew Life won three Vity Awards: best internal cleanse, best product packaging and best customer service display.
New York City-based AlgaeCal, the maker of pure unbleached AlgaeCal plant-based calcium, announced that its calcium product is only available in Vitamin Code RAW Calcium from Garden of Life.
DSM Nutritional Products, based in Parsippany, N.J., released another study on its resveratrol ingredient at the American Aging Association annual conference. The study focuses on the cognitive benefit of resVida resveratrol and its ability to improve associative and spatial learning and memory performance in aged mice.
Ex Drinks, based in Henderson, Nev., announced its beverage will now be available in more than 100 Ralphs grocery stores in California.
The Natural Products Association based in Washington, D.C. sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Reid and Senate Republican Leader McConnell urging them to oppose the expanded authority of the Federal Trade Commission in the financial reform bill Restoring American Financial Stability Act (S. 3217).
Los Angeles-based supplement manufacturerJarrow Formulas launched an interactive web tool that gathers information about lifestyle and body systems to identify probiotic products. Jarrow also introduced a vitamin D3, 5000 IU product. The Jarro-Dophilus Enhanced Probiotic System product also ranked first in sales in the natural channel for 52 weeks, according to SPINS, a market research firm.
Derry, N.H.-based supplement manufacturer MegaFood voluntarily recalled four lots of its Essential Joint Strength formula. During testing, the company found that levels of chondroitin sulfate were lower than those stated on the label. The error was traced back to one supplier, who has since been eliminated from MegaFoods vendor list.
Carlson Laboratories, a supplement manufacturer based in Arlington Heights, Ill., launched a Prenatal Multiple with DHA and Norwegian marine oil Liquid CalaOmega. It was also voted the number one health food store brand for consumer satisfaction based on the ConsumerLab.com 2010 Survey of Vitamin and Supplement Users.
Detroit-based Pure NRG, a vegan bakery, launched its Chia Breakfast Bar that is vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free and wheat-free.
PCC Natural Markets, based in Seattle, Wa., is now gluten-free endorsed by The Gluten Intolerance Group of North America.
Portland, Ore.-based Planet Dog Foundation announced the recipients of their Spring Grant Cycle: Texas Hearing and Service Dogs, Thirteen/WNET TV New York, Paws & Think, Inc., Therapy Dogs, Inc. and HOPE - Animal Assisted Crisis Response.
Aeroroot, a natural product manufacturer based in Norway, Iowa, was named one of the 16 semi-finalists for the Battle of the Corporate Bands hosted by Fortune magazine and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.
Long Beach, Calif.-based ingredient supplier BI Nutraceuticals added quinoa and maquito its library. Also their manufacturing facility in Islandia, N.Y. received organic certification from Quality Assurance International.
Natures Path Organic Foods, an organic cereal manufacturer based in Richmond, Va., launched a Gardens for Good Grant contest to help put organic gardens in communities in the United States that need it most.
Emani Minerals, an organic makeup manufacturer based in Norco, Calif., launched eight vegan makeup brushes.
Dogswell, a Los Angeles based pet store, is holding a contest through September 2010 to promote healthy and sustainable weight management practices for dogs.
Organique by Himalya, a line of personal care products made by Himalaya Herbal Healthcare based in Houston, is now approved by the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection under the International Humane Cosmetic Standard.
Waldwick, N.J.-based AdvaCAL calcium supplements announced that it was named an official partner of the National Osteoporosis Foundation.
New Hartford, Conn.-based Good for you Girls, a natural and organic skin care line designed for tweens, received a Parent Tested Parent Approved award.
Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods & Oils, based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, earned the 2010 Best New Product Award and the 2010 Company of the Year Award from the Manitoba Food Processors Association.
NOW International, the export division of NOW Foods based in Bloomington, Ill., was presented with a Presidential award for significant growth in exports over the past three years.
Port Charlotte, Fla.-based Enzymedica launched the Digest Spectrum product at the 2010 Autism One / Generation Rescue Conference.
Prime Distribution Services, based in Plainfield, Ill., announced the expansion of its warehousing and distribution network with the addition of an Atlanta facility.
Chatsworth, Calif.-based Hugo Naturals, a manufacturer and marketer of natural personal care products, received investment funding from private equity firm Manhattan Growth Partners, and the Matthew Pritzker Company.
Henderson, Nev.-based Team Ex Drinks signed second place Mavericks winner Shane Desmond, Hawaiian big wave surfer Kohl Christensen and Zoltan The Magician Torkos as sponsored athletes.
Sokol and Company, based in La Grange, Ill.,launched a line of natural pie fillings under the Baker brand.
Simi Valley, Calif.-based derma e Natural Bodycare named New Connections Marketing Group, based in Burbank, Calif., its 2009 Broker of the Year.
Manitoba Harvest Hemp Food & Oils, based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, launched Hemp Bliss Organic Hemp Milk.
Los Angeles-based Jarrow Formulas, a supplement formulator, unveiled Jarrow Nutrition News, a series of videos that feature the companys account executives, retail partners, store managers and customers. Also, Jarrows Inositol capsules were displayed on NBCs The Today Show in a segment exploring lung health.
Portland, Maine-based pet accessories manufacturer Planet Dog announced its 2010 Planet Dog Romp-A-Thon, a national campaign to raise funds for training, placement and support of dogs working to help people across the country. The company also launched a new line of dog treats called Planet Dog EATS.
Functional foods manufacturer Navitas Naturals, based in Novato, Calif., launched its Organic Raw Nori Sheets product made from nori seaweed grown in the Sea of Japan.
RiceSelect, a rice manufacturer based in Alvin, Texas, donated 1,000 pounds of Texmati Brown Rice to the Good Shepherd Food-Bank in Auburn, Maine.
Clinton, Mich.-based Eden Foods, a natural foods manufacturer, received a Green Packy Award at the Whole Foods Market Green Missions Responsible Packaging Forum for following the Responsible Packaging Guidelines for the Organic Industry.
Beaverton Foods, a specialty condiments manufacturer based in Beaverton, Ore., expanded its Inglehoffer mustard lineup to include Sweet Hot Pepper Mustard, Honey Maple Mustard and Creamy Dill Mustard. Beaverton also introduced its All Natural Beaver Gourmet Ketchup.
Bowling Green, Fla.-based Organix-South, an organic neem products manufacturer, introduced TheraNeem Organix Mens Lotion: Face & Body Therap.
The Blooming Prairie Foundation, a Madison, Wis.-based natural and organic foods and co-op advocacy group, awarded a $1 million, five-year grant to create and support Food Co-op Initiative, a nonprofit organization. Food Co-op Initiative will provide resources, training and support to community groups organizing retail food co-ops and buying clubs in the U.S.
Montvale, N.J.-based Good Earth, an all-natural tea manufacturer, donated $30,000 to the American Foundation for Children with AIDS, Operation Gratitude and the Home Safety Council.
Hitex, an ingredients subsidiary of Lavipharm Group and P.L. Thomas, announced that its Lipowheat oil natural ceramides achieved New Dietary Ingredient status from the Food and Drug Administration.
Hiawatha, Iowa-based J&A Printing, a national business printing company, launched its Green Team blog, which contains information on the companys eco-friendly efforts and details about new products.
Grants Pass, Ore.-based Natural Merchants, an organic wine distributor, introduced Spartico Spanish NSA Tempranillo and La Cantina Pizzolato Italian NSA Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Rosso Conventothe first U.S. Department of Agriculture-Certified No Sulfites Added wines available for nationwide distribution.
Organique, a line of personal care products made by Houston-based Himalaya Herbal Healthcare, was awarded Whole Foods Market Premium Body Care certification, which ensures products are made primarily from nature-based and botanically derived ingredients. No animal testing is allowed and only natural fragrances may be used.
A study by Arlington Heights, Ill.-based supplements manufacturer Carlson Laboratories reported a connection between the intake of an omega-3 supplement and the telomere length in white blood cells. Carlson Laboratories also announced its second annual Fish Oil Recipe Contest.
Natural skin care manufacturer Reviva Labs, based in Haddonfield, N.J., launched TGF Growth Factor Cream.
Cedar Rapids, Iowa-based lip balm manufacturer Eco Lips joined with Dagoba Organic Chocolate, based in Ashland, Ore., to release a new product line called Dagoba Certified Organic Chocolate Lips Balm Collection.
OmniActive Health Technologies, an ingredients supplier based in Short Hills, N.J., announced that its Lutemax line of free lutein and lutein esters achieved self-determined generally recognized as safe status.
Petaluma, Calif.-based Barbaras Bakery, a natural snacks and cereals manufacturer, celebrated its 40th anniversary with a brand makeover including new packaging, products, web design and a consumer contest.
Right by Nature, a natural products retailer based in Pittsburgh, added Hometown Market to its name and mainstream products to its shelves to meet customer demands.
New Haven, Conn.-based Chabaso Bakery added a Classic Baguette to its line of artisan breads.
Bristol, UK-based Natracare, a feminine hygiene products manufacturer, won the SME Award at the International Trade Show Awards 2010, sponsored by HSBC Commercial Banking. The awards recognize excellence in importing, exporting and international trade.
Zukes All-Natural Pet Treats, based in Durango, Colo., received an investment from Encore Consumer Capital, a consumer products-focused private-equity firm based in San Francisco.
Eugene, Ore.-based honey manufacturer GloryBee Foods introduced an Organic Fair Trade Certified honey.
Washington, D.C.-based Natural Products Association granted its Natural Home Care seal to Green Works Natural Bathroom Cleaner, making it the first home-cleaning product to be certified as natural under the organizations new certification program.
Watsonville, Calif.-based A & A Organic Marketing, a seller and producer of organic produce, added organic purple garlic to its lineup.
St. Louis-based Stratum Nutrition, a Novus International business, supported the American Botanical Council through a gold sponsorship.
Napa, Calif.-based specialty foods manufacturer Tulocay & Co. relaunched Kingslake & Crane Natures Harvest granola with changes that will benefit distributors, retailers and consumers, according to the company.
A study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine concluded Ankeny, Iowa-based natural ingredients manufacturer Embria Health Sciences EpiCor product reduces cold- and flu-like symptoms in nonvaccinated individuals.
Specialty condiment manufacturer Beaverton Foods, based in Beaverton, Ore., received gold and three silvers at the 17th annual Napa Valley Mustard Festivals World-Wide Mustard Competition.
St. Louis-based Stratum Nutrition, a division of Novus International, launched its corporate website, stratumnutrition.com.
Clermont, Fla.-based juice company Uncle Matts Organic debuted a new logo and juice labels.
Recycled bags manufacturer Bazura Bags, based in Toronto, is providing jobs for a womens cooperative in the Philippines after a 2009 typhoon devastated the country. The company is also donating 5 percent of sales to the cooperative.
Fungi PerfectiFounder Paul Stamets has developed Life Box, a recycled cardboard shipping box. Life Boxes contain tree seeds and can be planted directly into the groundan option Stamets calls a shovel-ready solution to climate change.
Brevard, N.C.-based Gaia Herbs, a grower and manufacturer of liquid herbal extracts, received the Herbal Industry Leader award from the American Herbal Products Association.
Boulder, Colo.-based Big Green Co., a childrens entertainment company that promotes sustainable and healthy living, held song and dance events with the Big Green Rabbit at New York public schools, the Childrens Museum of Manhattan and Tribeca Cinemas. Big Green Co. was also invited to the White House to participate in the April 5 Easter Egg Roll.
Los Angeles-based supplements manufacturer Jarrow Formulas launched BrainBoost, a phosphatidylserine-based formula designed to support focus, cognition and memory. Jarrow also partnered with Minneapolis based-Bioenergy Life Sciences, manufacturer of the BioEnergy Ribose sports nutrition ingredient, to produce a video about Olympic medalist short-track speed skater Katherine Reutter.
Revive Personal Products Co., based in Madison, N.J., acquired the assets of The Natural Dentist.
Uncle Matts Organic, based in Clermont, Fla., launched a 6-ounce version of its organic pulp-free orange juice.
Walnut Creek, Calif.-based Nebraska Cultures, creator and supplier of Dr. Shahanis DDS-1 strain of L. acidophilus, sponsored a study on the efficacy of
probiotics in humans.
Planet Dog Foundation, based in Portland, Maine, announced that its Haiti Relief Match Grant Fund raised a total of $16,000 for the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation with help from donors and an $8,000 matching grant by Joanne Woodward Newman and the Newmans Own Foundations.
New Seasons Market, a natural foods store based in Portland, Ore., celebrated its 10th year in business.
Sunnyland Mills, a Fresno, Calif.-based producer of whole-grain bulgur wheat products celebrated its 75th anniversary.
St. Louis-based Stratum Nutrition, the specialty ingredients division of Novus International, introduced Artinia, a vegetarian ingredient that combines soluble and insoluble fibers to promote arterial health.
Trace Minerals Research, based in Ogden, Utah, launched its redesigned website, traceminerals.com.
Enzyme Probiotic Complex received the Top Gear of the Year award from the ShapeYou.com Gear Awards.
Bready North America, based in Columbia, Mo., was awarded the Celiac Sprue Associations Recognition Seal, which designates its product to be free of wheat, barley, rye and oats.
Elmwood Park, N.J. importer and exporter Nutraceuticals International launched a new ingredient website, baozene.com.
Carmel Valley, Calif-based Jimbos Naturally!, a natural foods store, partnered with customers to raise $15,000 for Doctors Without Borders for Haiti relief efforts.
Newton Lower Falls, Mass.-based Sherbrooke Capital, a health company investor, hosted its second annual Entrepreneurship Awards in Anaheim, Calif., during Natural Products Expo West.
Nutrition Now, a supplement provider based in Vancouver, Wash., celebrated 25 years of green and eco-friendly business practices.