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David Humphrey, president of business management for Tree of Life Inc., announced the appointment of Ralph Martin to vice president of national sales. Martin, who has 25 years experience in the food industry, will oversee all Tree of Life/Gourmet Award Foods sales to supermarkets and other mass market channels in the United States and Canada.

Wild Oats Markets lnc. named Andre Halston vice president of food service and corporate executive chef. Halston most recently was chief culinary officer for LaMadeleine Restaurants, a 62-unit restaurant company based in Dallas.

Albert?s Organics announced the addition of its new human resources director, Monica McClintock. McClintock brings more than 20 years of human resources experience in employee relations, benefit management, recruitment and retention, compensation, and succession in planning.

Winners of the Order Award program were announced at Natural Products Expo East. They included Jeff Becker of Naturway in Anaheim, Calif., who won $1,000 in cash for writing the highest dollar total in orders during the show: $47,620 for 10 orders. Valerie Deptula of The Good Earth Natural Foods Co. in Leonardtown, Md., also won $1,000 for placing the most orders at the show—42 orders.

IZZE Beverage Co. has named Brian Ross vice president of development. Ross has over ten years of experience in the beverage and natural foods industry, having co-founded companies like Oregon Chai and Boulder?s Organic Vintners.

The Israel-based LycoRed Group has promoted Scott M. Larkin to vice president of sales and marketing for North America. Larkin was formerly the company?s director of marketing and business development for the North American market. Dave Thomas joined LycoRed Natural Products as the North American director of marketing and business development for the food and beverage division.

Jewish Women International named Stacy Madison, co-owner of Stacy?s Pita Chip Co., one of its 2004 ?10 Women to Watch.? The award recognizes Madison for her entrepreneurial and philanthropic spirit.

Natural Foods Merchandiser volume XXV/number 12/p. 56

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