Natural Foods Merchandiser

Natural Products Company News

The Santa Cruz, Calif.-based Organic Farming Research Foundation held its third annual Midsummer's Eve Organic Benefit Reception at Pastures of Plenty Farm in Longmont, Colo., on July 13. More than 140 organic industry leaders attended and helped OFRF raise more than $30,000 for its research, information and policy programs. Wild Oats Natural Marketplace was the lead sponsor of the event, and Horizon Organic Dairy, Silk, Celestial Seasonings, How Dog Food Saved the Earth, Rudi's Organic Bakery and Flora provided additional underwriting support.

The Washington, D.C.-based National Nutritional Foods Association has changed its name to the Natural Products Association. The NPA also announced the opening of a branch office in Beijing to help U.S. companies export products to the growing Chinese market. The new office will be headed by Director Representative Jeff Crowther, who has worked with China's dietary supplement industry for years.

Boulder, Colo.-based IZZE Beverage Co.'s nonprofit arm, Project REACH, which supports education-based development for farm workers and their families in communities where IZZE buys its fruit, recently delivered educational materials to the Yakima, Wash., area.

Loders Croklann, a Wormerveer, Netherlands-based oils and fats producer, received the Outstanding Paper Presentation award from the American Oil Chemists' Society at the 97th AOCS Annual Meeting and Expo. The AOCS awarded Loders Croklann for the company's research on palm oil crystallization.

Highland Laboratories of Mt. Angel, Ore., will be the first U.S. manufacturer to package supplements in earth-friendly corn-based bottles. Developed by Nature Works LLC, producer of plastics from renewable resources, the bottles are made from corn-based dextrose and use 68 percent less fossil fuel than petroleum-based plastics.

Novato, Calif.-based Republic of Tea is donating a portion of the proceeds from its J. Garcia Artisan Teas, a limited-edition series of five teas packaged in a tin featuring late musician Jerry Garcia's original artwork, to Draw Bridge of San Rafael, Calif., an arts program for homeless children.

Azusa, Calif.-based Naked Juice formed a scientific advisory board comprising five scientists/professors from universities across the United States. The board will assist the research and development team by sharing ingredient trends and research findings.

Simi Valley, Calif.-based derma-e, producer of natural body care products, has chosen Golden Gate Brokerage as its distributor and retail sales representation in Northern California.

Choice Organic Teas, a Seattle-based company, announced the arrival of its new tea-bagging machine, which replaces the staples attaching the tag to the teabag with knotted string, further reducing the company's environmental footprint and meeting increasing demand. The new process will prevent more than 400 miles of staple wire from going into landfills each year.

Santa Barbara, Calif.-based Vitamin Angel Alliance, a nonprofit organization that fights malnutrition and childhood blindness around the world, is continuing its efforts to bring emergency supplies and supplements to the earthquake-ravaged Jogyakarta region of Indonesia. The following companies have contributed: Rainbow Light Nutritional Systems, Panacea, Highland Labs, Avocare International, NOW Foods, Water Pure, Herbally Yours, Inverness, Medical Nutritional, Pure Essence Labs, Shaklee, NAI, NPI Center, IMG Branding, NNFA West, and Christie Communications.

Nature's Answer, a Hauppauge, N.Y.-based nutraceutical manufacturer, acquired the Savage Beauty line of natural and organic skin care products from J&J Marketing.

San Francisco-based Prather Ranch Meat Co., a retailer of organic, sustainably produced, pasture-raised meat, is the first retailer in the Bay Area to be certified humane. It follows New York retailer D'Agostino, becoming the second U.S. retailer to commit to selling products that have been certified by Humane Farm Animal Care.

Avoca Inc., of Merry Hill, N.C., has expanded its botanical extraction facility, which produces extracts for the fragrance, pharmaceutical and supplement industries. The facility now has a capacity of 12 to18 tons of extracts daily. Avoca is a division of Kearny, N.J.-based Pharmachem Laboratories.

My Wonderful Dog, a nonprofit service-dog training organization awarded the 2006 Cleo Award, which honors dedication and service, to Planet Dog Foundation, the nonprofit arm of dog and cat product manufacturer Planet Dog, which is based in Portland, Maine.

Supplements and natural foods manufacturer NOW Foods' Bloomingdale, Ill., manufacturing facility has been recertified as an 'A-rated' Good Manufacturing Practices facility for three more years by the Natural Products Association.

ITO EN (North America) Inc., a tea manufacturer and market of New York, and a subsidiary of Japan-based ITO EN Ltd., is sponsoring a contest for students. Ten grand-prize winners will receive new Apple MacBook laptop computers for themselves and one to donate to their local schools. ITO EN (North America) Inc. also recently acquired Miami Lakes, Fla.-based Mason Vitamins Inc., which manufactures and markets vitamins, supplements and herbs.

Naples, Fla.-based Naturals Products for Pets, maker of Ark Naturals' dog training treats, has received the National Animal Supplement Council seal of approval, with an "A" rating. The council ensures their approved companies provide consistent labeling, mandatory adverse event reporting and an independent facilities audit.

Natural Foods Merchandiser volume XXVII/number 9/p. 53, 56

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