Natural Foods Merchandiser

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North Bergen, N.J.-based retailer and marketer The Vitamin Shoppe donated $175,000 in September to nonprofit Vitamin Angels' Operation 20/20, a project that delivers high-dose vitamin A capsules to children at risk for childhood blindness due to vitamin A deficiency.

Ankeny, Iowa-based manufacturer Embria Health Sciences received the Greater Des Moines Partnership's 2007 Economic Impact Award in recognition for building its new headquarters in Ankeny.

Organic Food Bar, based in Corona, Calif., donated 10,000 of its energy bars to San Diego County firefighters working to control blazes in Southern California during the fall of 2007.

Los Angeles-based manufacturer Promax Nutrition has consolidated its Northern and Southern California offices, bringing the Concord division into the Newport Beach headquarters.

Piscataway, N.J.-based manufacturer Sabinsa Corp. announced it received an independent generally-recognized-as- safe designation for its flagship product, CitrinK.

Oakland, Calif.-based Numi Organic Tea was recognized as the 34th-fastest-growing private company in the Bay Area by San Francisco Business Times.

Winnipeg, Manitoba-based hemp product company Manitoba Harvest was profiled by CBC-TV in October 2007 in a six-minute segment on the business feature "Made in Canada."

Planet Dog of Portland, Maine, upgraded its retailer Web site,, to make shopping easier and to include more information about products and how retailers can best merchandise them. The site now features quicker registration, easier account management and complete order history.

The National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements chose a meta-analysis on echinacea, produced by Ghent, N.Y.-based Bioforce USA, as one of the top 25 research papers of 2006, and published it in the office's Annual Bibliography of Significant Advances in Dietary Supplement Research.

San Francisco-based energy drink producer Hiball Energy announced a market expansion into Southern California with its new distribution partner, DPI West.

Bath, Maine-based biscuit maker Gagne Foods announced it has achieved bicoastal distribution, with its products in more than 500 markets and specialty stores nationwide.

Natural Foods Merchandiser volume XXIX/number 1/p. 48

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