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Washington, N.J.-based Herbalist & Alchemist awarded educational products including books, training materials and seminar recordings by its founder, herbalist David Winston, as part of its Build Your Library contest. Winners included John Gallagher, who received his prize at the 19th annual AHG National Symposium in Redmond, Wash.

Himalaya Herbal Healthcare, an international company that makes LiverCare (also known as Liv.52), entered into an agreement with The Shelton Group, based in Skokie, Ill., for exclusive media and public relations representation for the U.S. market beginning in January 2009.

Telgate, Italy-based System Plast, a producer of engineered modular belts and custom conveyer components used in the bottling, baking, food processing and packaging industries, has been acquired by St. Louis-based Emerson Power Transmission, a division of Emerson Industrial Automation.

Organic Valley Family of Farms, a La Farge, Wis.-based cooperative of more than 1,300 organic family farmers, is launching a retail and consumer promotion calling on individuals nationwide to share and celebrate their passion for healthy, sustainable food. In addition to in-store displays and consumer advertising, Organic Valley is hosting a "Share Your Organic Vision" multimedia gallery at Through March 31, participants are invited to post and share their vision for a healthier and more sustainable future through video, music, essays, photos and other creative media.

Tea Dragon Films, based in New York, kicked off the American Botanical Council's Adopt-an-Herb program by adopting tea (Camellia sinensis). For the next three years, Tea Dragon Films will provide Austin, Texas-based ABC financial support to ensure that abstracts of the latest published scientific and clinical research on tea are made available within ABC's HerbMedPro database. Tea Dragon Films' adoption is in honor of its new film "The Meaning of Tea," a 74-minute documentary that investigates the different beliefs, practices and cultural traditions surrounding tea in eight countries: England, France, India, Ireland, Japan, Morocco, Taiwan and the U.S.

The American Society of Perfumers awarded Petaluma, Calif.-based Alba Botanica Daily Shampoo the 2008 Perfumers' Choice award in the Hair Care Specialty Distribution category. Judges selected winners using a blind voting process.

Animal Welfare Approved, based in Washington, D.C., has partnered with Denver-based American Grassfed Association to audit AGA members for both AGA and AWA standards. AWA is a quality assurance program that provides grants to farmers with family-run operations that do not use confinement feeding systems. AGA is made up of producers, foodservice industry personnel and consumer interest representatives who promote the grassfed industry.

The website for Norwich, Vt.-based King Arthur Flour,, was named one of Internet Retailer's "hot 100" sites for 2009. The site includes a Baker's Banter blog, 35 Guaranteed Recipes, personal recipe boxes, live online chat, customer reviews of products and recipes and enhanced resources like ingredient guides, measuring basics, high-altitude baking information and a baking glossary.

For the second year in a row, Richvale, Calif.-based Lundberg Family Farms was named a California Workplace of the Year by the Employee Resource Institute. The company was honored for its employee wellness initiatives that include an employee garden, health screenings, free fruit and vegetables, and free flu shots.

Oakland, Calif.-based Numi Organic Tea received a California State Waste Reduction Award Program honor for its eco practices. The WRAP award is presented by the California Integrated Waste Management Board for achievements in landfill waste reduction. Numi converted its tea boxes to a minimum of 85 percent post-consumer waste, annually conserving more than 5,202 trees and reducing landfill waste by 334,560 pounds.

Simi Valley, Calif.-based derma e Natural Bodycare will celebrate 25 years in the natural products industry with an anniversary party at Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, Calif., in March. Derma e's line includes more than 90 SKUs, which are paraben-free, cruelty free and 100 percent vegetarian.

The Washington, D.C.-based National Geographic Society partnered with Cafe Bom Dia, a fourth-generation, family-owned coffee company based in Brazil, to produce Terra Firma, a line of single-origin, specialty grade, gourmet coffees sourced from six growing regions: Brazil, Ethiopia, Costa Rica, Colombia, Sumatra and Kenya. Terra Firma is crafted to emphasize environmental and cultural sustainability in coffee-farming communities.

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