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Emerita, manufacturer and marketer of women?s natural health care products, named Wilton G. Bell national sales manager. In his new role, Bell will be responsible for managing the national brokerage organizations and expanding distribution channels for the Emerita brand. Prior to joining Emerita, Bell was business development manager for over-the-counter pharmaceuticals for Johnson & Johnson in Irvine, Calif., and before that was director of category management and consumer products of Mission Foods in Los Angeles.

E. Charles ?Chuck? Brice, senior vice president of sales and business development for Kemin, has been elected chairman of the Council for Responsible Nutrition, one of the dietary supplements industry?s leading trade associations. Brice, who will hold the office through December 2006, succeeds Byron Johnson, industry relations director for Access Business Group/Nutrilite, who will continue to serve on the executive committee as immediate past chair. Brice is an active leader in the dietary supplements industry and was first elected as an officer of the CRN board as treasurer in 2000. He also served as the association?s chair-elect from 2002 to 2004.

Scott Steil has been promoted to vice president of sales and marketing for Humanetics Corp. of Eden Prairie, Minn. He was formerly director of sales and marketing.

Benoit Turpin has taken on the role of general manager for Euro Proteins, the Wapakoneta, Ohio-based protein supplier. Since 2002, Turpin has served as technical director and national sales director for the company. He will retain his role as leader of the sales team.

Hebron, Neb.-based cheese manufacturer Blue Valley Foods has named John Sadowsky as its technical sales director. Sadowsky previously held management and engineering positions with ConAgra Foods and Kraft Foods.

Meridith Mossman has been appointed brand manager for Zand and Herbs for Kids at Ferndale, Wash.-based Botanical Laboratories. She has three years of experience in brand and resource management in the retail foods and fuel industries.

Integrated Marketing Group, a marketing and branding agency, has appointed James Fagedes graphic designer. Fagedes comes to IMG with several years of freelance experience developing advertising, promotional materials and Web sites for clients including Ririe Woodbury Dance Co., AMD Architecture and the Workers Compensation Fund.

The Dietary Supplement Education Alliance announced new officers for 2005. They are president, Elliott Balbert, president and chief executive officer of Natrol Inc.; vice president and president-elect, Jon Benninger, business development director for Virgo Publishing; and secretary, Michael McGuffin, president of the American Herbal Products Association.

Natural products manufacturer and distributor NOW Foods? founder and president Elwood Richard has retired as company president. Richard will continue on the organization?s board and will work with industry organizations he has championed, such as the Natural Health Research Institute. Al Powers, NOW vice president, has been named president by the company?s board of directors.

George Littleman Management LLC, a producer and marketer of tradeshows for consumer goods in North America, has appointed Marc Delman key accounts manager for the Las Vegas Gourmet Housewares Show. Delman will be responsible for the management of existing accounts and will identify and develop new relationships with leading manufacturers within the gourmet housewares industry.

The Campaign, an organization formed for the purpose of lobbying Congress and the president to pass legislation that will require the labeling of genetically engineered foods in the United States, has named Kristin Anderson as its new executive director. Anderson is taking over the position from Craig Winters, whose title is now president. Alexander Schauss, Ph.D., will change his position from president to chairman of the board.

Country Choice Naturals, an Eden Prairie, Minn.-based organic foods producer, has named Dan Hazen as its new vice president of sales. Hazen formerly held the position of director of sales and marketing.

Former two-term president of the Natural Product Broker Association Ray L. Flores was sworn in as an attorney at law in California on Dec. 1, 2004. Flores started his career in the natural foods trade more than 16 years ago working at Mrs. Gooch?s Markets. After that he worked as sales manager at Cedarlane Natural Foods before owning and operating California Marketing Natural Foods Brokerage since the early 1990s.

Natural Foodservice Brokerage of Redondo Beach, Calif., announced the addition of Jim Rabiolo as its sales manager for the Rocky Mountain Division. Rabiolo?s credentials include management positions at United Natural Foods Inc. and Tom?s of Maine. His focus will be colleges and universities, business and industry, primary and secondary schools and selective vending.

NSF International has appointed Amy Bruner as the new general manager of NSF?s retail food safety programs. Since 1944, NSF has been an independent certification and standards development organization. Bruner will play a key role in advancing Dine Safer, a comprehensive food safety inspection program for the restaurant industry. She will also oversee the FreshCheck program, a microbial inspection and food-testing program that helps ensure stores serve high-quality food that is fresh and safe.

Forsyth, Mo.-based National Enzyme Co. has appointed Terese Mansell as national sales manager. Mansell will work closely with key accounts of the company and will oversee all sales functions for the U.S. operations. Prior to her current position, Mansell held the position of Eastern divisional sales manager for National Enzyme Co. NEC has also hired two new sales executives, Kevin Hampton, Mountain region account executive, and Brandon L. Prenger, Pacific region account executive.

Source Food Technology Inc., a North Carolina-based company specializing in the development and marketing of nutritionally advanced oils, announced the appointment of Santosh Padki to lead its new omega-3 division as vice president and general manager. Padki has operated in key managerial roles for ConAgra Foods, the Sara Lee Corp. and Jel Sert.

Cardinal Nutrition Inc., a Vancouver, Wash.-based manufacturer of methylsulfonylmethane, hired Sharon Majewski as its new director of regulatory affairs and quality assurance. Majewski will serve as a liaison between Cardinal Nutrition and international ministries of health and regulatory agencies.

Kraft Foods Inc. announced the election of Richard A. Lerner, M.D., to its board of directors. Lerner is president of The Scripps Research Institute, a private, nonprofit biomedical research organization.

California Certified Organic Farmers appointed Peggy Miars president of the nonprofit organization. Miars joined CCOF as communications director in January and served as acting president after the departure of Brian Leahy in June.

David Gauger and Amy Nakamaru of Gauger + Associates are co-teaching a green and social marketing class at New College?s Green MBA Program this spring. The course seeks to understand different consumer values and attitudes and how to specifically market a green service or product and advance social initiatives.

Natural Foods Merchandiser volume XXVI/number 3/p. 174-175

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