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Todd HansenAlbert?s Organics, a national distributor of organic produce and perishables, has hired Tina Huang as export account manager for its Western division and Todd Hansen as operations manager for its Denver division. Huang will be focusing on export business development. Rita Dube has joined Albert?s Organics as a human resources generalist.

Walt GarveyMarl ZellerThe company also announced the promotion of Walt Garvey from Albert?s East transportation manager to national logistics coordinator, and the promotion of Marl Zeller from project manager to sales manager of Albert?s Denver division.

NNFA President Paul Bennett (right) of Harvest Moon Natural Foods in Olathe, Kan., received the 2004 MacNut Oil Retailer of the Year Award at Natural Products Expo West 2005.

Traverse City, Mich.-based marketing firm The Intelligence Agency announced that Sherwood Smith has been promoted to president of the agency. Smith had served as a vice president since he joined the agency in 2003. He is a frequent contributor to The Natural Foods Merchandiser.

At Natural Products Expo West 2005, Watsonville, Calif.-based Nordic Naturals awarded Vince Cancilla and Andrea Piatt from Sequoia/EMS Nutritionals its 2004 Salesperson of the Year Award.

Lynn Gordon, president and founder of Minneapolis? French Meadow Bakery, was recently named Minnesota?s Small Business Person of the Year, an annual award given by the Minnesota district office of the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Hyannis, Mass.-based Late July Organic Snacks named Julianne Walsh as the new director of sales for its Western region.

Julie H. Anderson joined Norfolk, Va.-based First Colony Coffee & Tea Co. as its marketing specialist. Anderson will be responsible for all aspects of marketing and ongoing branding efforts for the company. Don Burnside also joined the company as inventory control analyst, and Christine Capps was hired as sales coordinator.

The International Aloe Science Council, an Irving, Texas-based nonprofit trade organization for the aloe vera industry, appointed Phil Harvey, Ph.D., to its board of directors.


Nutritional supplements manufacturer Life Solutions Natural Products, based in San Diego, hired J. Wesley Burgar as vice president of sales and marketing.

Jarrow Formulas Inc., based in Los Angeles, hired Brian Peeters as its probiotic product manager.

Paul Southern, owner of Active Nutrition Center in Pleasanton, Calif., won the EAS ?Retailers? Body-for-LIFE Challenge? at Natural Products Expo West 2005. The company encouraged all health and nutrition retailers to follow its Body-for-LIFE nutrition and fitness program for 12 weeks to see who could make the biggest transformation. Southern won a personal check for $25,000 and $25,000 in product credit for his store.

New Morning, a Reno, Nev.-based nutraceutical distribution company, appointed Charles R. Shirley as executive vice president, corporate secretary and director; Christopher J. Bass as chief operating officer and treasurer; and Randy R. Mullins as chief financial officer.

Blue California, a Southern Calif.-based ingredient manufacturer, appointed Mark Sysler as vice president of national sales.

The California Olive Oil Council has awarded its sixth annual Pioneer Award to Nan McEvoy, founder and proprietor of McEvoy Ranch Olive Oil, and its inaugural Retail Recognition Award to The Pasta Shop. These awards, presented at the council?s first recognition dinner, are part of the COOC?s ongoing efforts to support California?s growing olive oil industry.

U.S. potato chip maker Kettle Foods has appointed Paul Davis as its first global chief executive officer.

Natural Foods Merchandiser volume XXVI/number 6/p. 87-88

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