Natural Foods Merchandiser

Charles T. Lanktree, president and CEO of Eggland?s Best, and Joanne Ivy of the International Egg Commission.

At the recent International Egg Awards and Showcase for Marketing Eggsellence in Amsterdam, Eggland?s Best Inc. was awarded the International Egg Commission?s Crystal Egg Award for the best marketing and promotional campaign.

At the October Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Wolaver?s Certified Organic Ales/Otter Creek Brewing of Middlebury, Vt., won a bronze medal for its Vermont Lager. Bison Brewing of Berkeley, Calif., won a silver medal for its Organic Chocolate Stout.

Herb Pharm, an herbal extract manufacturer in Williams, Ore., matched the $2,700 raised by the Williams Community Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund and sent a total of $5,400 to the Salvation Army for Hurricane Katrina relief. Rainbow Light Nutritional Systems of Santa Cruz, Calif., contributed 700,000 supplements to U.S. hurricane relief through Vitamin Angel Alliance. Washington, D.C.-based One With Nature donated 10,000 of its Dead Sea mineral bar soaps to Hurricane Katrina victims. Westbury, N.Y.-based Tishcon Corp. donated 100,000 bottlels of children?s chewable multivitamin/ mineral supplements to hurricane relief through Ojai, Calif.-based Vitamin Relief USA.

In October, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency presented WhiteWave Foods with the 2005 Green Power Partner of the Year award at the National Green Power Marketing Conference?s Green Power Leadership Awards dinner in Austin, Texas. The award honors commitment to renewable energy.

Organic artisan cheese producer Cowgirl Creamery of Point Reyes Station, Calif., expanded its distribution to the Los Angeles area.

The Santa Cruz, Calif.-based Organic Farming Research Foundation raised more than $100,000 at its 13th Annual Fall Organic Harvest Benefit Reception and Dinner in September. OFRF also honored Marin County Agricultural Commissioner Stacy Carlsen for his support of organic farming in the region.

The City of Boulder and the Boulder Economic Council held the inaugural Naturally Boulder Day on Oct. 14. More than 300 people attended educational and networking events, and the following companies exhibited: Celestial Seasonings, New Hope Natural Media, Pixie Maté, Wild Oats Markets, Rudi?s Organic Bakery, Third Street Chai, Izze Beverage Co., Eldorado Springs Water, Vodka 14, Tea Spot and Bliss Organic Ice Cream, among others. Local natural products pioneers Mark Retzloff of Aurora Organic Dairy, Barney Feinblum of Organic Vintners, and Hass Hassan and Paul Repetto of Greenmont Capital Partners spoke at the ?Meet The Legends of Natural Products Industry? symposium.

California Certified Organic Farmers recently received donations from Whole Foods Markets, Henry?s Farmer?s Markets and New Frontiers Natural Markets. Whole Foods? Southern Pacific Region Community Support Day raised more than $74,000; Henry?s Farmers? Markets hosted a barbecue benefiting CCOF; and New Frontiers held a 5 Percent Day in its San Luis Obispo store.

Lewisville, Texas-based technology company OrderDog partnered with San Francisco-based market research company SPINS to integrate the SPINS product library into its product database.

NSF International, a nonprofit standards organization, awarded NSF certification to more than 60 Meijer brand supplements products. Certification confirms the identity and quantity of ingredients on the supplements? labels.

The Boulder, Colo.-based IZZE Beverage Co. supplied 25 cases of sparkling juice to the crew and volunteers of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition at an October filming in Medfield, Mass. In addition, the Eye on IZZE charity runway show and live auction in Los Angeles raised money for IZZE?s nonprofit program, Project Reach, which supports education-based development for farm workers and their families in the communities where IZZE buys its fruit.

FreshDirect, a Long Island City, N.Y.-based online grocer, announced that Creekstone Farms, a source-verified natural Black Angus program, will become the exclusive supplier of FreshDirect?s all-natural beef.

The Aquaculture Certification Council awarded three stars to OceanBoy Farms? shrimp. OceanBoy is now the only U.S. recipient of ACC stars in three separate categories.

Jarrow Formulas Inc., a supplements manufacturer, announced the launch of its new Web site,

Dover, N.H.-based EcoFish, a supplier of sustainable seafood, and the San Francisco-based Sea Change Investment Fund, a venture capital fund focused on the sustainable seafood industry, have announced an investment partnership to expand the sustainable seafood market in North America.

Cedar Rapids, Iowa-based Embria Health Sciences, a manufacturer of natural ingredients, launched its Web site,

The International Taste and Quality Institute awarded a Certificate of Superior Taste award to Arlington Heights, Ill.-based J.R. Carlson Laboratories? Very Finest Fish Oil.

Mollie Stone?s Markets of San Francisco has contributed more than $1.5 million to schools and youth groups in the Bay Area since 1999.

Eden Prairie, Minn.-based Country Choice Organic announced in September the winners for its ?Making it Easy to Eat Organic? grant program. The following organizations won $1,000 and were linked to the Country Choice Web site: The Gifted Learning Project, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardener?s Association, Land Stewardship Project, Cooperative Development Services, Episcopal Group Home Inc., Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, Sustainable Farming Association of Northeastern Minnesota, The Morris Farm Trust, and Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Services.

San Francisco-based Soma Beverage Co., manufacturer of Metromint water, is now distributed nationwide through United Natural Foods Inc.

Atlanta-based Orkin Inc. and the IPM Institute of North America announced the seven winners of the 2004 Gold Medal IPM Partner Awards, which honor commercial facilities showing extraordinary commitment to Integrated Pest Management. The winners are: Knouse Foods (Biglerville, Pa.), Sara Lee Coffee & Tea (Harahan, La.), Tree of Life (Bloomington, Ind.), AgraWest Foods Ltd. (Souris, Prince Edward Island), Cavendish Farms (New Annan, Prince Edward Island), Schneider Foods (Kitchener, Ontario), and Smurfit-MBI (New Westminster, British Columbia).

San Clemente, Calif.-based Hero Nutritional Products, a children?s supplements manufacturer, donated thousands of its Yummi Blast children?s supplements to the Vitamin Angel Alliance?s Pakistan earthquake relief effort.

Chicago-based Information Resources Inc. announced that it will host the third annual Reinventing CPG and Retail Summit 2006. The global conference for the retail and consumer packaged good industries will take place Feb. 27-March 1, 2006, in San Francisco.

The Association for Dressings and Sauces named Litehouse Inc.?s Sesame Ginger its Sauce of the Year.

McDonald?s is partnering with Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. to source, roast and package Newman?s Own Organics coffee for more than 650 McDonald?s restaurants in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and New York.

Eastport, Mich.-based Brownwood Acres Foods Inc., specializing in fruit nutraceuticals and functional foods, been named one of the country?s fastest growing private companies by Inc. magazine for the second year.

Nutballz Inc. of Boulder, Colo., changed its name to Spring Foods.

Natural Foods Merchandiser volume XXVI/number 12/p. 45-46

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