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Bloomingdale, Ill.-based NOW Foods' Roasted Sweet Corn won the 13th People's Choice award for best snack food at the Natural Products Association's Natural Marketplace in July.

Blessed Nutrition, based in Dover, Fla., is partnering with nonprofit Vitamin Angel in an effort to eradicate childhood blindness due to vitamin A defic?iency. Blessed Nutrition will donate a portion of each sale of its Gentle Care products to the Vitamin Angel program. Vitamin Angel works to provide vital nutritional supplements to developing countries, communities and individuals in need.

To guide producers and processors through the transition to organic, the Greenfield, Mass.-based Organic Trade Association launched The Web site is a clearinghouse of North American resources for farmers and businesses interested in becoming organic or in creating new organic enterprises.

Napa, Calif.-based Food & Vine Inc. announced the company has been certified "green" by the Co-op America Business Network.

Integrated Marketing Group, a marketing and branding agency based in Salt Lake City, is working with the Dietary Supplement Education Alliance on the development and execution of DSEA's new "Just Like Me" advertising and marketing campaign, which is aimed at increasing supplement sales and reinforcing consumer confidence in dietary supplements. The agency will develop the campaign's logo and create radio and print advertising and merchandising materials; it will also oversee the television spot production.

Israel-based Halutza Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil earned a silver medal, and the company's Israeli-produced oil also won a bronze medal for packaging at the 2007 Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition this summer.

Los Angeles-based Soft Gel Technologies Inc. received good manufacturing practices registration through NSF International's Dietary Supplement Certification program. SGTI was also registered under NSF's Athletic Banned Substances program, also known as FMP for Sport. Enzymedica Inc., of Port Charlotte, Fla., was also certified under NSF's GMP program.

Boulder, Colo.-based Aurora Organic Dairy opened a new organic dairy farm, Coldwater West, near Stratford, Texas. It is the first organic dairy farm in Sherman County and Aurora Organic Dairy's second location in Texas. The Coldwater West farm created nearly 50 new jobs in Sherman County.

St. Louis-based soy-protein supplier Solae, a joint venture between DuPont and Bunge Ltd., announced it has completed acquisition of Cargill's isolated soy protein Prolisse product line. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Trace Minerals Research of Ogden, Utah, announced its manufacturing facility received an "A" compliance rating by the Natural Products Association during a good-manufacturing-practices recertifi?cation audit.

Kennebunk, Maine-based Tom's of Maine announced it will sponsor and host the 48th Annual American Society of Pharmacognosy Conference in Portland, Maine. The 48-year-old ASP works to formalize and perpetuate standards and ideals of plant science.

New York-based Zia Natural Skincare received a 2007 Excellence Award for achievement in packaging from The Paperboard Packaging Council. Zia was recognized for its effort to reduce packaging waste and better the environment.

Emily Reilly, mayor of Santa Cruz, Calif., proclaimed July 20-26 as California Certified Organic Farmers Week in Santa Cruz to recognize the economic, health and environmental benefits of organic agriculture.

Icelandic Water Holdings, Iceland-based makers of Icelandic Glacial Natural Spring Water, announced that St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch will be its U.S. master distributor. As part of the agreement, Anheuser-Busch has also taken 20 percent equity interest in Icelandic Water Holdings.

Santa Barbara, Calif.-based beverage and supplements company New Sun Nutrition Inc. announced a corporate name change to The FRS Company to better align the company with the brand's Free Radical Scavenger product line.

Organic to Go, a Seattle-based organic fast-casual café chain, acquired Scott's Gourmet Sandwiches, a downtown San Diego-based quick-serve restaurant business consisting of two cafés and a corporate catering business.

New York-based feminine-hygiene and baby-care company Natracare was named corporate sponsor of the Kisarawe-Kilimanjaro Challenge in Tanzania. A band of women's health practitioners, midwives and women's rights advocates will join for a women's health conference and then attempt to summit Kilimanjaro.

Dayville, Conn.-based United Natural Foods Inc. announced plans to install a 1.19 megawatt solar power system that will cover 175,000 square feet of rooftop at the company's 487,000-square-foot distribution facility in Rocklin, Calif. To develop and install the new solar power system, the company contracted with American Capital Energy, a Massachusetts-based firm. Construction began in July and, when completed, will provide about 1.5 million kilowatt hours annually, enough to power 140 average American households for a year.

San Francisco-based communications company Ruder Finn is partnering with Dreamerz Foods, also based in San Francisco, to manage public relations for the new sleep-beverage supplement company.

Carson, Calif.-based BDS Natural Products was named one of the fastest growing businesses in the Unites States in the August edition of Entrepreneur Magazine. The "Hot 500" rankings were compiled with help from Corporate Research Board, a research organization out of Washington, D.C.

Piscataway, N.J.-based Sabinsa Corp. announced completion of a $6 million manufacturing facility in Hyderabad, India. The new plant covers 200,000 square feet and will house headquarters for Sabinsa's research and development operations and 100 estimated employees. Sabinsa currently operates five other manufacturing facilities throughout India.

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Mediterranean Delights, a Saxtons River, Vt.-based manufacturer of natural and organic hummus, dips and whole-grain salads, has been certified as a minority-owned business by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council. The WBENC is the nation's largest third-party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women in the United States and serves as a resource for companies' and government agencies' diversity programs.

In celebration of National Rice Month, the USA Rice Federation is holding a "Healthy Rice Bowls Contest" for kindergarten through 12th grade foodservice directors at the School Nutrition Association annual conference. Foodservice directors will feature healthy rice bowls on their school lunch menus, use U.S.-grown rice, provide descriptions of their rice bowls and submit photos of students enjoying them. A drawing from all contest entries will determine the winner, who will receive two Aroma rice cookers—one commercial-quality for their school and a smaller one for home. Entry forms are available at

Austin-Texas based Sweet Leaf Tea received the Silver Softi award at the 2007 National Association of Specialty Foods Trade Fancy Food Show for its Organic Original Lemonade.

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