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Canadian Richard Doyle was elected to a four-year term as president of the International Dairy Federation, succeeding Jim Begg. Doyle is currently the executive director of Dairy Farmers of Canada.

Chief Science Officer Steven Dentali, Ph.D., of Silver Spring, Md.-based American Herbal Products Association has been appointed to a U.S. Pharmacopeia advisory panel formed to recommend toxicologically based limits for metals. The panel, which includes 12 members from industry, academia and government, will also draft a new general chapter on Heavy Metals for the U.S. Pharmacopeia-National Formulary.

Hawaii-based Cyanotech Corp. has named Deanna Spooner as vice president of finance and administration, chief financial officer, secretary and treasurer. Cyanotech is currently producing microalgae products for the nutritional supplements and immunological diagnostics markets in addition to microalgae-based products for the aquaculture feed/pigments and food coloring markets.

The Ramazanov Award Foundation, which honors scientists who contribute to "significant evidence-based improvement in people's health and well being," gave its first award to Lignan Research CEO Jade Beutler. San Diego-based Lignan Research makes lignan-based nutraceuticals. The foundation praised Beutler's ability to "translate" scientific findings into products "in an ethical way without sacrificing integrity and bending science for the sake of profit."

Scott Mandell, CEO, president and co-founder of Schiller Park, Ill.-based Enjoy Life Foods, was named to Crain's Chicago Business 40 Under 40 for leading his company to success in the allergy-friendly, gluten-free foods market. The company makes soft-baked cookies, snack bars, granolas, trail mixes, bagels, semi-sweet chocolate chips and chocolate bars as well as a line of gluten- and nut-free cereals. Also, Enjoy Life Foods named Duane Lenz as its new controller and director of finance. Lenz previously worked in various finance and controller positions in the manufacturing industry, including a position as chief financial officer for Powevar Inc.

Soyatech, a food industry marketing company and wholly owned subsidiary of HighQuest Partners, based in Bar Harbor, Maine, hired Chris Erickson as CEO, promoted Joe Jordan to general manager and content director, and promoted Keri Hayes to publisher and events director.

Manitoba Harvest, a Canadian company that processes hemp for food use, hired Tom Greaves as plant manager for its new Winnipeg factory. The factory will increase the company's production capacity by 500 percent. Greaves has a degree in agriculture from the University of Manitoba and most recently served as plant manager for Puratone Corp.

Natural Foods Merchandiser volume XXX/number 1/p. 40

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