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San Juan Bautista, Calif.-based Earthbound Farm, a producer of organic salads, fruits, and vegetableshas announced that Tonya Antle is retiring from the company at the end of 2010. An organic trailblazer with nearly 30 years dedicated to selling organic produce, Tonya devoted the last thirteen years to helping build the Earthbound Farm brand through marketing and sales. The company recently hired Craig Hope in the newly established position of chief customer officer.

Team Ex Drinks Professional Gravity Mountain Bike Rider Christian Wright was recently injured at the UCI World Cup Downhill in Champery, Switzerland. Wright celebrated his 17th birthday two days later, while recovering in CHUV hospital in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Açai Roots, a leading supplier of natural Brazilian açaí products, announced the signing of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu legend and former MMA superstar, Royler Gracie, to its team of brand ambassadors.

Los Angeles-based Canon Communications announced several moves within its media brand Nutritional Outlook. Patrick Lundy assumed publishing leadership, Tim Baudler was promoted to associate publisher and Beth Berner was named account executive. On the editorial side, Canon announced the addition of Robby Gardner as assistant editor.

PacificHealth Laboratories, a nutrition technology company based in Matawan, N.J., announced the resignation of two of its six directors, Adam Mizel and David Portman.

Dr. David Katz of the Yale School of Public Health was appointed to the Linkwell Health Advisory Board based in Needham, Mass.

Costa Mesa, Calif.-based bottled water brand Hawaiian Springs is named Clint Welker as National Sales Manager.

Boulder, Colo.-based Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy, a chain of integrative pharmacies, named David Janowicz as the company’s vice of president of merchandising.

Huntington Beach, Calif.-based Seapoint Farms, a manufacturer of frozen Edamame, appointed Philip Siegel as chief operating officer.

Washington, D.C.-based Natural Products Association hired Elizabeth W. Hurst to the newly created position of state government relations manager under the association’s Global Government and Scientific Affairs department.

Jeff Hilton, partner and co-founder of Integrated Marketing Group based in New York City, spoke about the risks and rewards of green marketing at the Institute of Food Technologists' Annual Meeting & Food Expo.

Earthbound Farm, based in San Juan Bautista, Calif., established a new product innovation team and hired organic industry veterans Tracy Miedema, Alec McErlich and Peter LeCompte.

The Natural Products Association installed its 2010-2011 board of directors during its 73nd annual trade show and convention, Natural MarketPlace 2010. Jeff Wright, owner of Wright’s Nutrients, a retail store in New Port Richey, Fla., was announced as president-elect of the association.

St. Charles, Mo.-based Stratum Nutrition announces that Thad Simons, President and CEO of its parent company, Novus International, received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2010 Bioscience Award in the Central Midwest region.

NutraCea, a researcher of stabilized rice bran based in Scottsdale, Ariz., appointed J. Dale Belt, the former executive vice president, to chief financial officer and chief accounting officer.

Specialty condiments manufacturer Beaverton Foods, based in Beaverton, Ore., hired Deb Sullivan as its eastern regional sales manager.

Belgian food retailer Delhaize Group announced that Rick Anicetti, CEO of Delhaize America Shared Services, left the company.

Mark Roman of Tampa Bay Analytical Research Laboratories and Jana Hildreth of Blaze Science Industries offered a 1-day course on analytical method development and validation for dietary supplements.

Mushroom Wisdom, a supplement manufacturer based in East Rutherford, N.J., hired Mark Kaylor as vice president of research and education.

Hingham, Mass.-based Venus Wafers, a cracker and flatbread manufacturer, hired Will Ross as regional sales manager, western USA.

Chino, Calif.-based Health Plus has made several new hires and appointments: James Beever to director of quality assurance/quality control and research and development, Paulette Sorhaindo to graphic artist, Jesse Anderson to sales and project manager and Tony Reynoso to sales manager naturals stores in the New York City area.

Winona, Minn.-based J.R. Watkins Naturals announced that Julie Moran is the new spokesperson for the company’s Natural Apothecary personal care line and Natural Home Care cleaning products line.

Jason Provenzano, executive vice president of Nutricap Labs, a New York-based vitamin and supplement manufacturer, was named a finalist for Ernst & Young’s 2010 Metro New York Entrepreneur of the Year award.

National Enzyme Company hired Gary Shap as national accounts manager.

Synutra International, a producer, marketer and seller of nutritional products based in China, appointed Donghao Yang to the role of chief financial officer.

Tristan Lecomte, the founder of the artisanal food brand Alter Eco based in San Francisco, was named to the 2010 Time 100, the magazine's annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Penford Food Ingredients, a carbohydrate systems and technologies company, appointed Michael Buttshaw as vice president, sales and marketing.

Chatsworth, Calif.-based Hugo Naturals, a natural personal care product manufacturer, appointed Steven Dickstein as chief executive officer. Dickstein has a 25 year background in sales and marketing.

Fresno, Calif.-based Borges Group, an importer and marketer of Mediterranean specialty foods, named Jeffrey Freeman CEO and president of Borges USA–Star Fine Foods. Freeman brings 27 years of experience in food and consumer products.

Natural foods supplier A & A Organic Marketing, based in Watsonville, Calif., hired three new employees: Sandra Murillo as sales coordinator, and Darrel Beyer and Bernadette Walker as sales associates.

Jeff Hilton, cofounder of Salt Lake City-based consulting agency Integrated Marketing Group, was the keynote speaker at Natural Products New Zealand’s Industry Summit.

Katy Lesser, owner of Healthy Living Market in South Burlington, Vt., was named the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 2010 Vermont Small Business Person of the Year.

Ankeny, Iowa-based supplements manufacturer Proliant Health hired Jim Torvik as its director of sales and marketing. Torvik brings 15 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries.

Retail advocacy group the Food Marketing Institute, based in Arlington, Va., named Pamela Stegeman vice president of business planning and development.

Angus Flood, executive vice president for strategic development at Wisdom Natural Brands, spoke during the chairman’s opening remarks at Stevia World Asia 2010. Wisdom, based in Gilbert, Ariz., produces stevia and tea products.

Forsyth, Mo.-based product formulator National Enzyme Co. promoted Richard Haines to director of human resources and administration and Amanda Lumley to customer support manager.

Marilyn Stieve has been appointed business development manager at Glanbia Nutritionals, an ingredients supplier based in Monroe, Wis.

New Brunswick, N.J.-based WellGen, a biotechnology company, announced the appointment of Kathleen Mullinix as president and CEO, and Arthur Finnel as chief financial officer.

Specialty chemical supplier Charkit Chemical Corp., based in Norwalk, Conn., appointed Sean Maggert as business development manager.

Clermont, Fla.-based juice company Uncle Matt’s Organic named Glenn Garrity national manager of juice sales and Annemarie McLean director of media relations.

Manufacturer Eden Foods, based in Clinton, Mich., hired James Leahey as northeast/mid-Atlantic sales manager.

Specialty ingredients manufacturer Kemin Health, based in Des Moines, Iowa, appointed Michael Ceddia, PhD, vice president of research and development.

Mt. Bethel, Pa.-based Marine Nutriceutical, an omega-3 fish oil supplier, appointed David Eckert CEO and executive vice president.

Michael McGuffin, president of the American Herbal Products Association, was honored for more than 20 years of service on March 11 at the AHPA Annual Member Meeting. AHPA also announced its new board of trustees: Chairwoman is Traditional Medicinal’s Katie Huggins; vice chairman is Garry Pay of IdeaSphere; secretary is Wilson Lau of Nuherbs; and Vitality Works’ Mitch Coven will continue as treasurer.

The Food and Drug Administration appointed Philip Spiller as interim director of the Division of Dietary Supplement Programs in the Office of Nutrition, Labeling and Dietary Supplements in the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.

Marine biotechnology company Aquapharm Biodiscovery, located in Argyll, England, appointed biotech entrepreneur Simon Best CEO. The company’s founder, Andrew Mearns Spragg, became the chief technology officer.

Steve Savage, founder of Boulder, Colo.-based sustainable food service products company Eco-Products, launched National Eco Wholesale, a distribution company.

National Enzyme Co., a dietary supplements services company based in Forsyth, Mo., named Mark Shorey account executive for the retail natural health market channel.

LIMU, a fucoidan supplements manufacturer based in Florida, announced a new corporate team. S. Kerry Brown was hired as director of marketing, Dainon Moody was named director of communications and Nate Farnsworth was hired as director of sales and services.

Leo Gingras was appointed president of NutraCea, a stabilized rice bran nutrient research company based in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Washington, N.J.-based Herbalist & Alchemist, an herbal extracts and formulas manufacturer, named Peter Folz marketing coordinator.

Food Lion, a grocery chain based in Salisbury, N.C., named Cathy Green president of the Food Lion family of banners, which includes Food Lion, Bloom, Harveys and Reid’s. The announcement is part of a new U.S. structure announced by the Delhaize Group.

Boulder, Colo.-based Mix1 Beverage Co., a functional beverage manufacturer, appointed Doug Rauch to its board of directors.

Little Rock, Ark.-based Vestcom, a communications services provider, announced that Ed Horton, senior vice president of business development, will assume responsibility for the expansion of Vestcom’s data content business. Mike Zeman is the company’s new senior vice president for client and market development. Paul Luna was appointed vice president of business development.

Minneapolis-based Supervalu named Julie Dexter Berg executive vice president and chief marketing officer. Berg has more than 20 years of executive management experience in marketing, product management and operations.

Gilbert, Ariz.-based Wisdom Natural Brands, manufacturer of SweetLeaf Stevia Sweetener, appointed Charles Marble chief operating officer. Wisdom also appointed Angus Flood executive vice president for strategic development.

Short Hills, N.J.-based OmniActive Health Technologies, a natural ingredient supplier, hired Rick Kaiser as director of sales.

The Florida Citrus Commission appointed Ben McLean III, vice president of Uncle Matt’s Organic, to the Florida Citrus Research and Development Foundation as one of five commission appointees.

Beaverton, Ore.-based Beaverton Foods, a manufacturer of specialty branded condiments, promoted Domonic Biggi to executive vice president. Jeffrey Biggi was also hired as food service sales representative.

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