Natural Foods Merchandiser

Natural products industry company news

Lynden, Wash.-based manufacturer Flora Health awarded prizes to five naturals stores for its Earth Day display contest. Ada's Natural & Organic Foods, in Fort Myers, Fla., won first prize, an EVT 168 Scooter. The second-place stores, Queen's Natural Products in Allentown, Pa., and Everything Natural in Clarks Summit, Pa., each won an electric bicycle made by E-Cycle. The third-place winners, each receiving an iPod Nano, were the Sunflower Market in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Good News Natural Foods in Dover, Del.

Ronkonkoma, N.Y.-based American Health, through its parent company NBTY, announced it is the primary contributor to the "Just Like Me" campaign and one of the largest contributors to the "LifeĆ¢€Ā¦Supplemented" campaign, both of which are being launched by the Council for Responsible Nutrition and Dietary Supplement Education Alliance to raise consumers' awareness about the benefits of nutritional supplements.

Stockholm, Sweden-based probiotics company BioGaia signed an agreement with Swiss biopharmaceutical company Ferring Pharmaceuticals, giving Ferring exclusive rights to sell BioGaia's Probiotic Drops in Mexico, Brazil and Greece.

U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R.-N.C., toured Gaia Herbs? Brevard, N.C., medicinal herb farm and facility in August as part of a celebration of $189,000 in grant funding Gaia received from the U.S. Department of Agriculture?s Rural Development Office. USDA Rural Development State Director John Cooper and Gaia Herbs? Vice President of Strategic Initiatives Greg Cumberford joined Burr in recognizing the program as an example of new possibilities for health care, regional employment and sustainable agriculture.

Irvine, Calif.-based Nexgen Pharma, parent company of Vitamer Labs, announced it acquired 250,000 square feet of manufacturing, laboratory and warehouse/distribution space from The Chemins Co. in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Vitamer also announced it has become a member of the Organic Trade Association based in Greenfield, Mass. Earlier this year, the company's manufacturing facility in Tempe, Ariz., received organic certification by Quality Assurance International and launched a new line of organic products.

DPI Specialty Foods' Midwest division, based in Arlington Heights, Ill., is going green with its delivery fleet. The company is switching all of its diesel vehicles to biodiesel fuel. It will be the first full-service food distributor in the Chicago area to go fully biodiesel, the company says. DPI's Midwest division serves Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin.

GCI Nutrients USA, a worldwide ingredient supplier based in Burlingame, Calif., received organic certification from California Certified Organic Farmers.

Global Lifescience Solutions, an Ann Arbor, Mich.-based NSF International Company offering contract research services to the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, announced a new partnership with Kalamazoo, Mich.-based Michigan High Throughput Screening Center. MHTSC is a nonprofit, contract-research laboratory that offers services without licensing fees or royalties. The new partnership should benefit public research institutions, government institutions and biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies that conduct drug-discovery work, said a company spokesperson.

Foothill Ranch, Calif.-based Alacer Corp., maker of Emergen-C, announced its partnership with actress Liv Tyler and her family to launch Emergen-C PINK. Fifty percent of profits from the new pink lemonade flavor will go to support the fight against breast cancer.

The American Cheese Society gave awards to three cheeses made by Longmont, Colo.-based Haystack Mountain Goat Dairy at the ACS annual conference in Burlington, Vt. Haystack Mountain's Haystack Peak, a fresh-ripened cheese, won a first-place award; its Red Cloud, a raw-milk farmstead cheese, won a second-place award; and its Chevre en Marinade, a fresh chevre marinated in olive oil, herbs and garlic, won a third-place award.

Deardoff Family Farms of Oxnard, Calif., announced in August that it has attained certification from Socially Accountable Farm Employers, a nonprofit organization that provides independent auditing and certification of fair, lawful farm-labor practices in the agricultural industry. Deardoff Family Farms is the first vine-ripe tomato and fresh vegetable grower in California to attain SAFE certification, according to a release.

Santa Cruz, Calif.-based California Certified Organic Farmers announced in August the rollout of its organic intern certificate training program, which is currently recruiting motivated individuals who will complete 360 hours of project work in exchange for a certificate and career training. Interns will learn about the organic industry and receive training in the essentials of organic certification, inspection, production and marketing. CCOF is also seeking supporting mentors for the interns and program benefactors to help fund projects. The project is slated to begin in October.

Ronkonkoma, N.Y.-based supplements manufacturer American Health appointed Larry A. Hutchins & Associates of Dallas to represent the company's Home Health and Ester-C brands in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Arkansas.

Natural Foods Merchandiser volume XXVIII/number 10/p. 47-48

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