ITO EN (North America) Inc., a subsidiary of Tokyo-based ITO EN Ltd., ready-to-drink beverage manufacturer and tea-leaf seller, acquired Mason Vitamins Inc., a Miami Lakes, Fla.-based manufacturer and marketer of vitamins, supplements and herbs. ITO EN Inc. is also launching its Get Techno Cool For You and Your School promotion, from which 10 grand-prize winners will receive an Apple MacBook laptop computer, as well as another Apple MacBook to donate to their local school. The program concludes Nov. 1; to enter go to www.itoen.com/sweeps.
Ark Natural Products for Pets received the National Animal Supplemental Council seal of approval, with an "A" rating, for providing consistent labeling and mandatory adverse-event reporting, as well as passing an independent facilities audit. The Naples, Fla.-based company makes all-natural holistic remedies and healthy snacks for dogs and cats.
Boulder, Colo.-based Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy has opened its newest location in Novato, Calif. The company operates 11 pharmacies in Colorado, California, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington, offering integrative health solutions that combine traditional and complementary products and services.
Living Naturally, a Venice, Fla.-based provider of online services to the North American natural health industry, was awarded a patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for "Electronic Ordering, Inventory Management and Shelf Scanning."
The California Rice Oil Co. of Novato, Calif., introduced a newly designed label and package size for its rice bran cooking and salad oil.
Wild Oats Markets Inc. donated a portion of its sales from each bottle of Wild Oats brand vitamins in August and September to Vitamin Angel Alliance, a nonprofit organization providing health education and nutritional supplements to medically underserved communities. Each time a customer purchased a bottle of Wild Oats vitamins, the natural and organic foods retailer contributed 25 cents to VAA.
Sabinsa Corp., Piscataway, N.J.-based manufacturer and supplier of herbal extracts, cosmeceuticals, minerals and specialty chemicals, received a U.S. patent for the company's Garcitrin ingredient. The patent covers the use of hydroxycitric acid in combination with garcional, branded Garcitrin by Sabinsa, for body-composition and weight management.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations, headquartered in Jakarta, Indonesia, has formed the Alliance of Health Supplement Associations, bringing together the supplement industry associations in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. The main role of AAHSA will be to provide coordinated industry input into supplement regulation across the ASEAN region.
Organic Bouquet, a San Rafael, Calif.-based organic flowers seller, has launched www.organicbouquetwholesale.com, a division offering certified sustainably grown flowers to florists, upscale retailers, event planners, restaurants and hotels.
Loders Croklaan, a Wormerveer, Netherlands-based oils and fats producer, announced its North American plant has earned a "superior" rating for the second year in a row from the American Institute of Baking. The rating is given to companies that pass a comprehensive food-safety evaluation designed to assess a facility's level of food security.
Pure Fruit Technologies, an American Fork, Utah-based juice supplement manufacturer, has a new Web site, www.purefruittechnologies.com.
Colton, Calif.-based Stater Bros. Markets has introduced a new line of 110 all-natural and organic products called "Full Circle," including cereals, pastas, fruit preserves, soymilk and many more. The company operates 162 supermarkets and owns and operates Heartland Farms, provider of Knudsen Dairy products to Southern California.
Nutrition 21 Inc., a Purchase, N.Y.-based supplement company, announced it has signed an agreement to acquire Omaha, Neb.-based supplement company Iceland Health Inc., an importer of Icelandic fish oils and omega-3 fatty acids.
Salem, Ore.-based Kettle Foods, producer of natural snacks, broke new ground in Beloit, Wis., for a new potato-chip plant. The $18 million facility will create approximately 100 jobs with production slated to begin in the first quarter of 2007.
NSF International, an Ann Arbor, Mich.-based independent, nonprofit organization that certifies products and writes standards for food, water, air and consumer goods, announced that InfiAid is the first and only dietary supplement to be certified by the NSF Certified for Sport Program. The supplement is manufactured by Infinity 2 Health Sciences, a wholly owned division of Greeneville, Tenn.-based EcoQuest International. The NSF Certified for Sport Program is the only athletic banned-substances certification program recognized by Major League Baseball, the MLB Players Association and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport. The program minimizes the risk of dietary supplements and sports-nutrition products containing banned substances.
Research from doctors, nutritionists and pharmacologists published on the effects of broccoli's active component glucoraphanin and its hydrolyzed product sulforphane is now available online at www.yoursgsmed.com. The Web site was created by CS Health, a division of CSC Inc., a Pittsburgh-based company providing industry and institutions with solutions to meet their environmental, health and safety needs.
Rivanna Natural Designs, a Charlottesville, Va.-based earth-friendly design company specializing in recognition plaques, awards and gifts, recently updated its Web site, www.rivannadesigns.com.
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