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Tetley Group, a United Kingdom-based subsidiary of Tata Tea Ltd., named Jeffrey Freeman president of Good Earth Teas. Freeman was formerly executive vice president of Mariani Packing Co.

The National Nutritional Foods Association Southeast named Debby Swoboda to its board as supplier director. Swoboda, president of DS Marketing Solutions, is a consultant for natural products retailers.

Oakland, Calif.-based Numi Tea hired Harlen Springer as president. Most recently, Springer was general manager of a division of Del Monte Foods and president of Portal Publications.

El Segundo, Calif.-based publisher Active Interest Media named Patricia Fox general manager of its Healthy Living Group, which includes the recently acquired Yoga Journal and Vegetarian Times. Fox was previously responsible for circulation, marketing and magazine production for AIM.

Reid O'Connor was named product manager for Lewisville, Texas-based OrderDog, a software vendor for the natural products industry. Previously employed by McAfee, O'Connor will be responsible for coordinating the creation and delivery of OrderDog products and services worldwide.

Albert's Organics hired Gil Mendez as operations manager for its Western division and Liz Bourret as corporate buyer. Mendez has been in the produce industry for 14 years, with production and quality control experience at Villagio Farms, Gold Coast Packing, Pacific International Marketing, Natural Selection Foods and Tanimura and Antle. Bourret is a former buyer for Veritable Vegetable and a grower agent for Lagier Ranch. She has also worked in organic legislation and certification.

Jake Lewin has been appointed certification services director for California Certified Organic Farmers, after serving as interim certification services director since July. During the past two and a half years, Lewin oversaw CCOF's marketing and international market-access grant programs.

Manhattan Beach, Calif.-based Robeks, a fruit smoothie and healthy foods franchise, appointed Ron Basinger vice president of franchise sales and Megan Knott chief financial officer. Most recently, Basinger was vice president of franchise sales at La Salsa Fresh Mexican Grill and Knott was employed at Grill Concepts.

Earthbound Farms, based in San Juan Bautista, Calif., hired Brian Wilson as supply management fruit and commodity manager and Laura Hubrich as marketing manager. Wilson has more than 12 years' experience in grower relations, most recently with E&J Gallo Winery. Hubrich brings more than 10 years' experience to the position.

Supplements manufacturer MegaFood of Derry, N.H., announced that the company's president and owner, Carl Jackson, has taken responsibility of marketing and daily operations of the MegaFood division, replacing Doug Whan. Also, MegaFood's East Coast regional sales manager, Greg Spinelli, is currently acting as director of sales.

Lacey, Wash.-based Econet, parent company of Unigen Pharmaceuticals, Aloecorp and Univera Life Sciences, hired Edwin Kamauoha as associate general counsel. Kamauoha most recently worked as associate general counsel for Nu Skin Enterprises of Provo, Utah, and also served as deputy attorney general for the state of Hawaii.

Natural ingredient manufacturer Embria Health Sciences of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, appointed Scott Steinford as vice president of sales. Steinford has been in sales and marketing for 22 years, most recently as president of ZMC-Kougen USA.

PMCA, an international nonprofit trade association of confectionary companies formerly known as the Pennsylvania Manufacturing Confectioners' Association, awarded Quality Assurance International the Marie Kelso Memorial Award. The award was given for an industry paper co-authored by QAI Sales and Marketing Director Ellen P. Holton and Technical Specialist Jessica Walden, and presented by Joe Smillie, senior vice president.

Natural Foods Merchandiser volume XXVII/number 11/p. 46-47

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