Natural Foods Merchandiser

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Yoplait, the Minneapolis-based yogurt producer, and The Solae Co., a St. Louis-based soy researcher and developer, have introduced Yoplait Solae, a yogurt that combines the health benefits of dairy and soy protein.

BioLogic Health Solutions, the Brisbane, Australia-based makers of UroLogic, a branded dietary ingredient for urinary incontinence associated with aging and childbirth, launched a new Web site,

Milwaukee-based Outpost Natural Foods Cooperative has been named a Top Ten Small Business for 2005 by the Waukesha County Chamber of Commerce and Small Business Times magazine.

Penton Media Inc.?s New Hope Natural Media division, the publisher of The Natural Foods Merchandiser, acquired the Kosher World Conference & Expo from Shows International. Kosher World will be co-located with Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, Calif., beginning in March 2006.

Cargill has completed engineering for a planned expansion of OptaFlex natural chondroitin sulfate manufacturing capabilities at its Denver facility within the next few months.

Amino Vital, the New York-based amino acids producer, has signed on as the official sports supplement of the Las Vegas Gladiators for the 2006 arena football season.

American Health and Home Health, the Bohemia, N.Y.-based health and beauty products manufacturers, have announced new Web addresses, and

Naturally Vitamins, a Phoenix-based manufacturer of nutraceuticals, has donated essential vitamins and minerals, including a multi-mineral formula, vitamin C, a calcium/magnesium blend and cod liver oil to MAP International, a nonprofit organization that will distribute them to malnourished children in countries in West Africa and Eastern Europe.

Consumers have named Cheddar Beer and Spicy Thai as their favorite potato chip flavors during Salem, Ore.-based Kettle Foods? online People?s Choice Campaign. The two new flavors hit supermarket shelves this summer.

Bioforce USA will sponsor a media tour of the A. Vogel/Bioforce facilities in Roggwil and Teufen, Switzerland this summer.

Planet Dog, the Portland, Maine-based pet products designer, manufacturer and retailer, and Planet Dog Philanthropy, its nonprofit grant-making organization, have announced their support of Maine Vest-A-Dog, a nonprofit organization that provides bullet and stab-proof vests for police dogs in Maine.

Tree of Life, the St. Augustine, Fla.-based natural foods distributor, has partnered with SPINS, a San Francisco-based market research provider to the natural products industry. Tree of Life will use the SPINSscan natural database and the SPINS product library to strengthen their item assortment plans for retailers who participate in SPINS? retailer partnership program.

Vitamin Discount Center, a supplements chain headquartered in Tampa, Fla., opened its third store in the Andersonville, Ill., area on May 2.

Sibu LLC, a new global nutritional company, announced plans to open its worldwide headquarters in South Jordan, Utah.

OrderDog Inc., a Lewisville, Texas-based retail technology company, has entered into a working relationship with new vendor SimplyH LLC, an international distributor of Toddler Health, a nutritional drink mix for toddlers.

Durango, Colo.-based Zuke?s Performance Pet Nutrition announced that select products from the Zuke?s line of healthy, all-natural dog and cat treats are now available through the western region warehouses of United Natural Foods Inc., which include Rainbow Natural Foods in Denver and Mountain People?s Warehouse in Auburn, Calif., Fontana, Calif., and Auburn, Wash.

U.S. Pharmacopeia, a nonprofit, nongovernmental, standards-setting organization, has redesigned its Web site, The Web site now offers streamlined navigation and improved archiving for news and information.

Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods & Oils, based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, announced that its products are available through all 10 United Natural Foods Inc. warehouses throughout the United States.

The Arizona Association of Industries recognized Marlyn Nutraceuticals, a Phoenix-based manufacturer of enzyme supplements, with the 2005 Manufacturer of the Year award for excellence in the small business category.

The Shansby Group, a private equity investment firm based in San Francisco, is changing its name to TSG Consumer Partners L.P.

Boise, Idaho-based pet dietary supplements and treats manufacturer Nutri-Vet Nutritionals was named a finalist by professional services firm Ernst & Young LLP for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2005 Awards in the Pacific Northwest.

In June, Trinity Springs Inc., a Boise, Idaho-based bottler of spring water, began distribution in Canada. Trinity is now available in 500 milliliter, 1 liter and 1.5 liter bottles in natural foods and other grocery stores throughout Canada.

The International Association of Natural Product Producers, based in Nederland, Colo., has posted its draft definitions for natural topical and ingestible ingredients on its Web site, The organization was formed last August to develop specific criteria for using the word ?natural? in product positioning, labeling and other marketing communications.

Natural Foods Merchandiser volume XXVI/number 8/p. 50, 52

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