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This week: Schmidt's expands beyond deodorant | Halo Top adds nondairy flavors

New product launches, certifications, hires and appointments, and other natural products company news this week.

Venturing beyond deodorant, Schmidt's Naturals has expanded its product offerings with a collection of six bar soaps, each of which contains a unique natural exfoliant: Rose + Vanilla (with exfoliating vanilla bean), Bergamot + Lime (with exfoliating orange peel), Ylang Ylang + Calendula (with exfoliating apricot seed), Lavender + Sage (with exfoliating jojoba seed), Cedarwood + Juniper (with charcoal and exfoliating volcanic sand) and Fragrance Free. Their natural formulation holds up the same core values and standards that Schmidt's is renowned for—quality, plant-based ingredients without controversial additives like SLS, phthalates, PEG, artificial dyes or artificial fragrance. They are true saponified soaps with no compacted detergents, and, like Schmidt's deodorants, are certified vegan and cruelty free.

Halo Top's seven newest flavors, hitting retail freezers mid-October, are nondairy and vegan. Made with a coconut milk base, they are sweetened with organic cane sugar, erythritol and organic stevia, plus pea or rice protein. Flavors include Chocolate, Chocolate Covered Banana, Caramel Macchiato, Cinnamon Roll, Oatmeal Cookie, Peanut Butter Cup and Sea Salt Caramel.

Sara Newmark, former senior director of sustainability at New Chapter, has joined FoodState, producer of MegaFood, as vice president of social impact, where she will be responsible for all social responsibility and sustainability efforts.

Euromed SA partnered with Biotherapeutics Inc. to launch ABA Life fig fruit extract, a new supplement ingredient designed to be beneficial in glycemic control and carbohydrate metabolism.

The newest addition to Quantum Nutrition Labs' whole food, herb-based supplements are Quantum Creatine Monohydrate, a pure creatine free of magnesium stearate, artificial coloring or flavoring, and Quantum Chlorella, an ancient super nutrient that has been treasured by many cultures for optimal health and detox, the company said in press releases.

NuZee Inc., a good-for-you company focused on building beverage brands with functional benefits, said in a release that it has brought on beverage industry veteran William Lampe, formerly a Coca-Cola executive, as operations consultant, to help guide its growth.

A former senior category leader at Whole Foods Market, Jason Stein, has joined National Co+op Grocers as director of category management. Stein will oversee the NCG’s product sourcing and negotiation for its popular promotional and pricing support programs, Co+op Deals and Co+op Basics, as well as uphold NCG’s reputation as an organization that prioritizes relationship building and mutual benefit.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently awarded Florida-based Valensa International two new patents, allowing it to lock down patent protection for the core ingredients related to FlexPro MD and FlexPro ES, dietary formulations for joint health. 

Flowers Foods, producer of Nature's Own and Dave's Killer Bread, announced via press release that Debo Mukherjee was appointed chief marketing officer and will lead the company's branding initiatives, plus play a key role in product innovation. 

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