Natural Foods Merchandiser

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My Organic Market, the Washington, D.C.-based retail grocer of organic and prepackaged foods, has launched the Environmental Restoration Initiative to educate employees, staff and the community about the direct relationship between humans and the environment. As part of the initiative, MOM announced that all its stores now run on wind power.

Ball Horticultural has announced the formation of a new subsidiary, Chrysantis Inc., dedicated to developing and marketing high-quality plant-derived specialty ingredients for the dietary supplements and functional foods industry. Chrysantis will launch proprietary marigold extracts with zeaxanthin for use in maintaining eye health.

Phoenix-based tea producer Revolution Tea is moving its manufacturing and packaging operations from Asia to Arizona in an effort to buck the growing trend among U.S. companies to use inexpensive overseas labor and manufacturing.

Hood River, Ore.-based Carbsense Foods Inc., a sugar-free-foods source for diabetic and weight-conscious consumers, has changed its name to Eat Well Be Well Foods Inc.

Portsmouth, N.H.-based Pax World Funds, a socially and environmentally responsible mutual fund, has divested itself of 375,000 shares of Starbucks Coffee Co., worth an estimated $23.4 million, as a result of the coffee chain?s decision to enter into a development and distribution deal with whiskey maker Jim Beam to sell a coffee-based alcoholic beverage.

The Flax Lignan Information Bureau (, a Web site providing consumer information on the antioxidant and phytonutrient, was recently launched. The bureau?s mission is to ?educate the general public on the specific health benefits lignans provide and current and ongoing scientific research.?

Tom Kroupa and Carol Hutton have formed T and C Natural Brokers Inc., with offices in Boulder, Colo., and Phoenix. Hutton brings 25 years of experience in the natural brokerage industry, and Kroupa has 10 years experience as a manufacturer?s rep and natural products broker. The company?s service area includes Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah.

Nutrition Inc., a Western Canadian nutrition wellness company, sent 46,000 bars of its newest product, SOLO GI Low Glycemic Bars, to the victims of the Southeast Asia tsunami. The contribution was made through the Vitamin Angel Alliance.

Integrated Marketing Group, a Salt Lake City-based marketing and branding agency, has been selected by Loves Park, Ill.-based TH Foods Inc. to develop new packaging for Mr. Krispers all-natural, baked rice chips. IMG recently celebrated its eighth anniversary with the launch of a new corporate identity campaign, which includes a newly redesigned logo, signage and Web site,

New Jersey-based medicinal mushroom researcher and product developer Maitake Products Inc. was named a corporate cancer-research sponsor of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

Talent, Ore.-based Endangered Species Chocolate Co. is now selling its products in Fred Meyer, a 128-store division of Kroger. ESCC plans to distribute more than 300,000 chocolate bars to Fred Meyer stores by 2006.

Clayton College of Natural Health, based in Birmingham, Ala., has introduced two new graduate degree programs: a doctorate in traditional naturopathy and a master of arts in holistic wellness.

Oklahoma City-based nutritional supplements maker AMS Health Sciences Inc. has launched a new retail merchant division to sell AMS products through health food stores, spas, gyms and privately owned drug and herb shops.

The Dietary Supplement Education Alliance has elected vitamin and supplement retailer The Vitamin Shoppe to the DSEA board of directors.

Los Angeles-based Jarrow Formulas? Max DHA was given a ?Best Choice? rating by the nonprofit group Environmental Defense, which showed that Jarrow Formulas follows strict procedures to limit environmental contaminants in its fish oil supplements.

Plymouth, Mass.-based EnviroDerm Inc. has sold its IvyBlock brand of poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac prevention and treatment products to Los Angeles-based Hyland?s Inc., a manufacturer and marketer of homeopathic medicines. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.

Phillips Health LLC, a Potomac, Md.-based newsletter publisher and provider of physician-branded nutritional supplements, has changed its name to Healthy Directions LLC.

Great Spirit Ventures has acquired The Natural Dentist, an Englewood Cliffs, N.J.-based maker of botanically active oral care products.

Teas? Tea, a line of all-natural, unsweetened teas manufactured by Tokyo-based ITO EN, was awarded best flavor and best packaging in the ready-to-drink tea category during the recent World Tea Expo in Las Vegas. Additionally, ITO EN was awarded best flavor in the commercially brewed category for loose-leaf teas.

Lebhar-Friedman, a New York-based publisher, has acquired Dowden Health Media, a Montvale, N.J.-based producer of medical journals, consumer magazines, newsletters and physician education programs.

Boulder, Colo.-based Wild Oats Markets Inc. has outsourced its core information technology activities to VeriCenter Inc., an Eldridge, Texas-based IT infrastructure and managed services company.

Charterhouse Group, a New York-based private equity firm, recently acquired Amerifit Nutrition Inc., a marketer of nutritional supplements and wellness-related products.

Silliker Inc., a Homewood, Ill.-based provider of food safety and quality assurance services, has given Gourmet Award Foods a 2004 Audit Platinum Award for outstanding commitment to food safety.

Researchers from the United States, Australia, Denmark, Canada and Norway discussed the health benefits of Cargill?s barley beta-glucan concentrate at the Future of Barley Workshop in Minneapolis on May 17.

Organics Unlimited of San Diego announced the formation of The GROW Foundation—Giving Resources and Opportunities to Workers. The GROW Foundation is an international outreach initiative with a mission of ensuring that field workers who grow the organic produce sold through the company receive fair wages and better living standards.

Natural Foods Merchandiser volume XXVI/number 6/p. 86, 88

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