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Jason Natural Cosmetics of Culver City, Calif., has acquired Heather's Natural & Organic Home Cleaning Products. Heather's says its product line is safe for the environment, children and pets. Jason Natural Cosmetics develops and manufactures a wide range of natural and botanical personal care products.

Los Angeles-based Jarrow Formulas announced the opening of Jarrow Industries Inc., a contract manufacturing facility that will produce Jarrow Formulas and private-label products. The new 45,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Santa Fe Springs, Calif., incorporates the latest dietary supplements technology. Jarrow Industries is designed as a Class 10,000 pharmaceutical facility, a rating that will permit it to handle OTCs and pharmaceuticals.

Jarrow Formulas also announced that on Nov. 13 The International Probiotic Association cleared its final hurdle to become a tax-exempt organization; the Internal Revenue Service granted 501(c)(6) tax status. The first International Probiotic Association conference is scheduled for September 2002. Jarrow Rogovin, founder and president of Jarrow Formulas, is president of the association.

At Expo East in Washington, D.C., in October, Matthias Rath, M.D., initiated a protest against the United Nations' Codex Alimentarius Commission, claiming pharmaceutical industry executives and politicians representing more than 50 countries met under the umbrella of the Codex Commission to establish global legislation intended to restrict access to nutritional supplements and other natural health therapies.

The Irvine Calif.-based Sun Ten Laboratories, which develops botanical formulations based on traditional Chinese medicines, recently presented the U.S. perspective at the International Senior Forum of TCM and Botanical Products Conference in Hangzhou, China. In response to recent federal and state regulatory actions pertaining to toxicity associated with TCM that have created U.S. distribution challenges, more than 600 international experts attended to discuss the regulatory actions and the future of TCM and botanical products in the U.S. marketplace.

Minneapolis-based Cargill introduced its Cargill Health and Food Technologies unit, formerly known as Cargill Nutraceuticals. The change came after the company joined and expanded its nutraceuticals and the specialty-food ingredients business units. "The synergy of these two units increases Cargill's capabilities in serving the functional food, traditional food and dietary supplements industries globally," said Ted Ziemann, president of the Health and Food Technologies Unit. Cargill is an international marketer, processor, and distributor of agricultural, food, financial and industrial products and services.

Berkeley, Calif.-based Yoga Journal magazine won the 2001 Folio Editorial Excellence Award for Best Health and Fitness Magazine. The awards were given to those magazines that attained excellence, not only in their editorial content, but also in design, production, and how well each title fulfilled its mission.

Dry Creek Nutrition announced two additional self-affirmed GRAS applications for ActiVin grape seed extract. These additional uses complement the first-ever GRAS approval for grape seed extract given to ActiVin by the Flower and Extract Manufacturers Assoc. in June 2001 and allow for inclusion of up to 400 ppm, depending on the application.

Chico, Calif.-based Smucker Quality Beverages Inc., the largest manufacturer of organic and natural juices, was recently honored for its recycling program by the California Integrated Waste Management Board. The company qualified for the board's Waste Reduction Awards Program through an innovative packaging redesign that has saved both landfill space and money.

Boulder, Colo.-based soy foods manufacturer White Wave has announced an $18 million worldwide campaign to promote its Silk soy milk product.

New Rochelle, N.Y.-based Walnut Acres, has joined forces with Share Our Strength, a leading antihunger, antipoverty organization, to help the 31 million Americans who don't get enough to eat. Walnut Acres has committed to donate a portion of proceeds from the sale of every Walnut Acres certified-organic product to Share Our Strength. The organization will use the funds to support various programs providing food assistance, as well as urgently needed education programs. Walnut Acres plans to contribute more than $500,000 in five years to the fight against hunger.

Gaia Herbs Inc., of Brevard, N.C., and Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine of Tempe, Ariz., were awarded a research grant from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine of the National Institutes of Health to advance the scientific and clinical applications of echinacea.

Concentrated Aloe Corp., of Ormond Beach, Fla., continues to increase personnel in its new facility built in 2000. The new facility and enhanced staff will allow the company to provide their customers with a broader range of services and to reach further into international markets.

Vancouver, Wash.-based, Cardinal Nutrition, in response to concerns about the purity and origin of raw materials used in dietary supplements, will now include a Certificate of Manufacturing Origin in all its shipments of MSM. These certificates will assure purchasers that the MSM they buy is manufactured in the United States at an NNFA GMP- and kosher-certified facility, the company says.

Clearfield, Utah-based Albion Laboratories Inc., has announced its patented iron, Ferrochel is available in the Capsugel Licaps delivery system. Ferrochel Licap combines the advanced Chelazome form of iron from Albion with the LEMS technology of Licaps from Capsugel.

Albion Laboratories also was named supplier of the year in October 2001 by Youngevity Inc. of Carrolton, Texas. The late Dr. H. DeWayne Ashmead, Albion president at the time, accepted the award.

Wisdom Herbs, of Mesa, Ariz., the manufacturers of SweetLeaf company Stevia products and Wisdom of the Ancients herbal teas, has provided $3,500 worth of SteviaPlus Fiber product to BiasHELP of Long Island, N.Y. BiasHELP is the region's premier antibias agency that provides services to the victims of hate crimes and to end violence through education. The products were used to help raise funds at the annual Anti-Bias Hamptons Cabaret at the Southhampton, Long Island, home of H.H. Princess Zarina of Salangor, Malaysia.

Wisdom Herbs provided products to the Indigenous Peoples Project at the Little Big Medicine Sundance held on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona, as part of the company's ongoing support of community health issues. SteviaPlus Fiber and Instant Wisdom YerbaMate teas were served to more than 2,500 native people attending cooking classes and health clinics.

Wisdom Herbs is also looking for the best descriptive motto or tag line that represents the essence of Wisdom Herbs for its Words of Wisdom slogan contest running through March 31. Winning Words of Wisdom slogans of 12 words or fewer, submitted by contestants, will be used on buttons, in newsletters, at trade shows, on and the company's marketing communications materials over the next year.

San Clemente, Calif.-based Hero Nutritional Products recently announced two appointments to its management team. Michael Weiss has been appointed COO/VP of sales, and Julie Schneider has been named to a newly created position, director of marketing. Weiss, previously of PharmaLife and Action Labs, will be responsible for overseeing sales, marketing, financial and operational functions. Schneider will oversee the marketing functions, including advertising, public relations and branding. She joins Hero from AmerisourceBergen Corp.

Wild Oats Markets Inc., of Boulder, Colo., named Edward Dunlap chief financial officer. Dunlap succeeds Frances Rathke, who has served in the position on an interim basis since July, when former CFO Mary Beth Lewis left the company. Dunlap most recently was vice president and finance director of Gap Inc.'s European division.

Zia Natural Skincare of San Francisco recently appointed Scott Short director of sales. Short brings more than 15 years of senior sales and marketing experience in consumer products to the position.

Cardinal Nutrition, of Vancouver, Wash., has named Michael D. Levin vice president of business development. Levin is nationally recognized as an expert on the integration of dietary supplements into conventional medical practice. He brings 28 years of pharmaceutical and dietary supplements industry experience to the company. Cardinal Nutrition is a licensed U.S.-based supplier and manufacturer of MSM.

President Scott Hagerman of Chemi Nutraceuticals in White Bear Lake, Minn., appointed Steven O'Reilly sales manager. Prior to his employment with Chemi Nutraceuticals, O'Reilly was the sports nutrition specialist at Mother Nature's Nutrition in St. Paul, Minn. Chemi Nutraceuticals is the new U.S. branch of parent company Chemi SpA, a privately held pharmaceutical and nutraceutical company based in Milan, Italy.

Sun Ten Laboratories Inc., of Irvine, Calif., has announced several new executive leadership positions. Christine M. Nakomoto, former vice chair and COO of Citadel Capital Management, has been appointed CEO; Tom Lomax, former director of operations for major supplements companies, was named vice president of operations; and Randy Pollan, who held vice president positions with many leading supplement companies, has been appointed vice president of sales. Sun Ten Laboratories is a water extraction facility with manufacturing and packaging services for herbal and dietary supplements.

Cognis Nutrition and Health, of LaGrange, Ill., has promoted Kathleen Moran from marketing manager to a newly created position, market segment manager. She will report to the company Vice President Paul Allen. Cognis Nutrition and Health extracts active ingredients from natural raw materials for nutritional supplements, functional foods, animal feed, pharmaceuticals and cosmetic products.

Fort Worth, Texas-based Remington Health Products has named Edward H. Thomas III vice president of sales. Thomas comes to Remington Health from Twin Laboratories, where he served as national sales manager for grocery, sporting goods and convenience store distribution. Remington Health Products offers a variety of liquid nutritional supplements under the brand name Drinkables.

Seattle, Wash.-based Tamer Nutraceuticals announced that Bill Spencer has joined the company as president. Spencer was formerly vice president of sales and marketing of La Haye Laboratories. Tamer Nutraceuticals manufactures bulk ingredients and consumer products that produce a pH balance in high-acid food and beverages.

Pita Products, based in Santa Barbara, Calif., announced the addition of Barbara A. La Rocca as Eastern regional sales manager for the United States and Canada. La Rocca will be responsible for expanding Pita Product's distribution into all markets for existing and new products. She also will be instrumental in developing an organic product line. La Rocca formerly served as international sales manager for Eden Foods Inc.

Rapunzel Pure Organics of Valatie, N.Y., announced that Dale Kamibayashi has joined the company as vice president and director of sales and marketing. Kamibayashi brings 26 years of retail and sales experience to Rapunzel; 21 of those years were dedicated to the organic foods industry. Rapunzel Pure Organics distributes certified-organic products in the United States.

Former President Gary Barrows of Bluebonnet Nutrition Corp., based in Sugar Land, Texas, has been appointed, by his peers, to the NNFA's national board of directors as a manufacturers' board seat representative. Barrows has served as a board representative for NNFA Southwest, holding positions such as chairman of the education and nomination committees. Additionally, he has served as a member of the national subcommittee on convention site selection. He brings more than 20 years of experience in the natural foods industry.

Mark Durham has joined Marketing Ink of Pompano, Fla., as sales director of the specialty food division. He will be responsible for field sales management, sales for the specialty food division and presentations for both existing and new manufacturers in the mass market. Durham has more than 14 years of experience in direct sales with both distributors and brokerage companies. Marketing Ink represents a wide range of food, beauty and supplements products to retailers.

Nat-Trop of San Leandro, Calif., a developer and marketer of value-added and proprietary ingredients, announced the additions of Randy Kreienbrink as vice president of sales and Sue Anderson as customer service manager. Kreienbrink, who brings more than 20 years of experience in the supplements and functional foods industries, will be responsible for expanding client relationships and building a strategic sales organization. Anderson brings more than 10 years of service and support experience to the job.

The Hauppauge, N.Y.-based Bio-Botanica Inc, a manufacturer and supplier of botanical extracts to the pharmaceutical, cosmetics and food/beverage industries, has appointed Arnon Amir vice president of sales. Amir joins Bio-Botanica having had more than 23 years of sales and management experience in the health care industry.

Santa Cruz, Calif.-based, California Certified Organic Farmers, the largest organic certification and trade association in California, has appointed Brian Leahy, president of California Certified Organic Farmers, to the California Food Biotechnology Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee will report to the Food Biotechnology Task Force, comprised of the secretary of Food and Agriculture, the secretary of Health and Human Services, and the secretary of Technology, Trade and Commerce.

Natural Foods Merchandiser volume XXIII/number 2/p. 44, 46, 48

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