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New Castle, Va.-based Wolf & Associates added partner and senior associate Katherine DiMatteo to form a new partnership, Wolf, DiMatteo + Associates, for consulting with clients in all sectors of the organic industry. DiMatteo was previously the executive director for the Organic Trade Association, and was instrumental in shaping the U.S. National Organic Program Standards and the U.N. Codex Commission's guidelines for organics. She is on the board of directors of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements and is a founding member and secretary of the board of The Organic Center.

The Organic Trade Association selected Matthew Holmes as managing director for the OTA in Canada. Most recently, Holmes was acting executive director of the Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network, promoting the growth of the organic market in Atlantic Canada and representing the region nationally during consultations on Canada's new federal organic regulation.

Supplements company Jarrow Formulas, based in Los Angeles, appointed Ben Khowong as chief executive officer. Khowong has been with Jarrow since 1988, and was chief financial officer for 14 years.

Boulder, Colo.-based Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy hired Steve Preston as its new senior director of marketing. Preston was formerly the president of Boulder-based marketing firm Joe knows, and has 30 years of industry experience.

Norway, Iowa-based natural and organic manufacturer and marketer Frontier Natural Products Co-op appointed Dan Lloyd as the company's new vice president of sales. Lloyd was most recently director of business development for Applegate Farms, a Bridgewater, N.J.-based company offering products in both mainstream and natural foods channels. He has more than 20 years of sales and marketing experience with General Mills, Small Planet Foods, Hain Celestial and other companies.

Dean Foods Co. named Debbie Carosella senior vice president of innovation, to develop new organic and nonorganic dairy and beverage products for its Dairy Group division and WhiteWave Foods subsidiary, which operates Horizon Organic. Most recently, Carosella was vice president of strategic marketing and innovation at ConAgra Foods. Carosella has also worked in the biotechnology and nutrition arenas at Monsanto Co.

The American Botanical Council announced recipients of its annual Botanical Excellence awards for literature and research in April, in conjunction with the Nutracon conference in Anaheim, Calif. The James A. Duke Botanical Literature Award was presented to Professor Eberhard Teuscher, Ph.D., of Germany for his book Medicinal Spices: A Handbook of Culinary Herbs, Spices, Spice Mixtures and Their Essential Oils (Medpharm, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, 2006). The Norman R. Farnsworth Botanical Research Award was presented to Professor Edzard Ernst, Ph.D., Laing Chair in Complementary Medicine, Peninsula Medical School, Universities of Exeter & Plymouth, for his research publications on various clinical aspects of herbal medicine.

Carlsbad, Calif.-based Penta Water Co. appointed Dennis O'Brien as chief executive officer. O'Brien was most recently president and chief operating officer with ConAgra Foods, and has more than 20 years of experience in the packaged food and beverage industry.

Boise, Idaho-based Nutri-Vet Animal Health Care Products hired Mark Olle as key account executive. Olle has 25 years of sales experience in the farm, feed and pet specialty industries, and was formerly an account manager with The Iams Co.

Boise, Idaho-based Nutri-Vet Animal Health Care Products hired Mark Olle as key account executive. Olle has 25 years of sales experience in the farm, feed and pet specialty industries, and was formerly an account manager with The Ianms Co.

Late July Organic Snacks, based in Hyannis, Mass., hired Karen Borie as vice president of sales. Borie has more than 25 years of management, sales and operations experience in the consumer packaged foods industry. Late July also expanded its regional sales team with three new employees: Tom Dikeman, director of foodservice and convenience sales; Dan Kettman, director of sales, Midwest region; and Cindy Moran, director of sales, Southeast region.

BSP Pharma, based in Egg Harbor Township, N.J., named Michael Pelton vice president of sales for its joint- formula supplement. Pelton has 20 years of sales and marketing experience, and was formerly executive vice president of Hauppauge, N.Y.-based Futurebiotics.

Benicia, Calif.-based InterHealth Nutraceuticals appointed Gary Shap as director of sales for the United States and Canada. Shap has more than 15 years of experience in the nutritional supplement and food products industry. He joined the company last year as sales manager for the Eastern region and previously spent four years with Cargill/Degussa Food Ingredients, most recently as sales manager for North America.

Christie Communications, based in Santa Barbara, Calif., hired Kristian Beadle and Heather McKinnon. Beadle speaks five languages and has experience in event planning and independent sales and marketing. McKinnon specializes in nutraceuticals public relations.

Niman Ranch, in Northglenn, Colo., hired Kelli Harrington as senior director of e-commerce and consumer marketing. Harrington most recently worked as vice president at Medical Express, and previously was with Frontier Natural Products and Allegro Coffee Co.

New Hope Natural Media, publisher of The Natural Foods Merchandiser, announced that two organic industry pioneers, Walter Robb and Frederick Kirschenmann, Ph.D., will be the keynote speakers at the inaugural Organic Summit conference in Boulder, Colo., June 20 to 22. Robb oversees six of Whole Foods Market's 11 regions and serves on the Whole Planet Foundation board of directors. He also served on the board of directors of the Organic Trade Association and is a founding member of The Organic Center. Kirschenmann is a third-generation North Dakota farmer who has written extensively about ethics and agriculture. He has served on the National Organic Standards Board, and in 2006 was appointed to the 19-member National Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production.

At the All Things Organic Conference and Trade Show in May in Chicago, the Organic Trade Association recognized three organic industry leaders with Organic Leadership Awards: Larry Jacobs and Sandra Belin of Jacobs Farm/Del Cabo and Howard-Yana Shapiro of Mars Inc./Seeds of Change. Jacobs and Belin were selected for their innovation in farming practices, their extensive work to educate farmers about organic conversion and for being pioneers in their fields. Shapiro is global director of plant science at Mars, and is president of agriculture/research and development at Seeds of Change. He is responsible for plant genetics, water conservation, and the sustainability/production models for agro-ecology, agroforestry and agro-economics of cacao and other crops.

Boulder, Colo.-based communications firm The Fresh Ideas Group hired Bill Capsalis as senior vice president and Barry Hirsch as account manager. Capsalis has 25 years of corporate and entrepreneurial experience. Hirsch was previously a merchandising associate for Food & Wine magazine, and a reporter for Time Out New York.

Tracy Lerman joined the Santa Cruz, Calif.-based Organic Farming Research Foundation this spring as policy program assistant. Lerman has more than seven years of experience in organizing for environmental and social justice causes.

Ronkonkoma, N.Y.-based manufacturer American Health announced the appointments of the following sales representatives and broker organizations to represent the American Health, Home Health and Ester-C brands: Christopher De Senzo, Pacific Natural Sales, PCC International Inc., and Rocky Mountain Presence.

Natural Foods Merchandiser volume XXVIII/number 6/p.72-74

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