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Kathleen A. Merrigan has joined the Organic Center for Education and Promotion?s board of directors. Merrigan is the director of the Agriculture, Food and Environment Program at the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. As senior science and technology adviser to the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee from 1987 to 1992, she worked on the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990.

Cleveland-based Penton Media has named its new chief executive officer, replacing outgoing CEO Tom Kemp. Nussbaum was previously executive vice president of Penton and oversaw several media divisions. Penton is the parent company of New Hope Natural Media, The Natural Foods Merchandiser?s publisher.

Tyrone Brown, owner of Brown?s Market in District Heights, Md., won $500 in a recent drawing offered by New Hope Natural Media. Brown was entered in the drawing after completing The Natural Foods Merchandiser Market Overview survey.

Clif Bar Inc. of Berkeley, Calif., named Sheryl O?Loughlin as its new chief executive officer. This privately held energy bar company has had until now no CEO other than its original founder, Gary Erickson, who plans to focus more on new product development and package design.

nSpired Natural Foods of San Leandro, Calif., hired Kevin Cooney as its new Eastern regional sales manager. Cooney, whose territory includes 21 states from Florida to Maine, has had 20 years of experience in food products sales and development.

Cirelli Foods, a foodservice distributor in Middleborough, Mass., hired Greg Ilkowitz as chemical program manager and Tony Santucci as produce specialist.

St. Louis, Mo.-based Alpha Packaging has hired Gary Seeman as general manager of its new plant in Salt Lake City, and Ed Schaffer as operations manager. Alpha Packaging makes plastic bottles and jars for the pharmaceutical, personal care and supplements industries.


Natural Foods Merchandiser volume XXV/number 8/p. 54

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