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Eden Organic Refried Beans received the Best Bite rating from Nutrition Action Healthletter, published by the Center for Science in the Public Interest. Eden Organic Refried Beans earned the highest rating for nutrition of all 38 brands with salt.

Garden of Life, of West Palm Beach, Fla., has launched Garden of Life Communications, a new division that offers educational tools and services.

Soft Gel Technologies Inc. of Los Angeles donated more than 1.3 million soft gelatin capsules of vitamin A to the Vitamin Angel Alliance?s Vitamin ?See? Campaign. The Vitamin Angel Alliance distributes vitamin A supplements to prevent blindness in children throughout the world.

Cedar Rapids, Iowa-based Eco Lips recently appeared on The Late Show With David Letterman. During a segment inside a New York deli, Letterman spotted an Eco Lips display and gave an Eco Lips to one of his guests.

At Natural Products Expo East in Washington, D.C., retailers voted for their favorite new products at the Second Annual New Products Showcase Awards. The winners include: in the food category, Wholly Healthy/The Run-A-Ton Group for its Brown & Serve Rolls; in supplements, Boiron Arnica Cream; in personal care, Seaside Naturals? Nature?s First Aid Kit; in the green category, BIOgroup USA?s BioBag Dog; in the innovation category, Numi Tea?s Artisan Tea; and for packaging, Mrs. Meyer?s Clean Day?s Carry All Clean Kit.

At Gourmet Taste of Expo, retailers sampled cheese, coffee and chocolate and then voted for their favorite product in each category. Winners were: Cabot Creamery of Vermont for its Cabot Private Stock; Drakes International?s coffee; and InterNatural Foods? Vivani Organic Dark Chocolate With Orange.

The Organic and Natural Experience, a collaboration of seven organic and natural companies, completed an 11-city U.S. tour in October. Annie?s Homegrown, Clif Bar, Fantastic Foods, Nature?s Path, Odwalla, Organic Exchange and Organic Valley participated, offering consumers free product samples and informational resources. The ONE booth reached an estimated 1 million people in 2004.

Arizona Nutritional Supplements has been awarded an exclusive U.S. licensee agreement from Weil Lifestyle LLC to market, manufacture and distribute a nutritional supplement line based on Dr. Andrew Weil?s proprietary formulas.

The Dietary Supplement Education Alliance fund-raising dinner at Natural Products Expo East trade show in Washington, D.C., raised almost $100,000.

Chicago-based Enjoy Life Foods LLC has purchased the Perky?s line of natural breakfast cereals from PGP Int?l., a division of ACH Food Companies Inc.

Frontier Natural Products Co-op donated $64,000 of personal care items to hurricane victims in Florida. Frontier provided soap, hand wash and shampoo through Feed the Children.

Bastyr University, located in Kenmore, Wash., is now the home of the first public traditional reflexology healing path in the United States. A common sight in parks and open spaces throughout China and Asia, these loose-stone paths help to improve health through the soles of the feet, according to Bastyr officials. The 64-foot path is located directly behind the campus in Bastyr?s Medicinal Herb Garden.

Marshall, Calif.-based Straus Family Creamery announced that its Organic European Style Butters have earned the official Authentic Food Artisans designation from Whole Foods Market. Straus Family Creamery Organic Butters will be featured with other artisan products as part of the AFA collection in every Whole Foods Market store around the country.

Washington State Gov. Gary Locke named Seattle, Wash.-based Choice Organic Teas/Granum Inc. a winner of the 2004 Washington State Governor?s Award for Pollution Prevention and Sustainable Practices. This award acknowledges accomplishments in areas such as minimizing energy use, conserving resources, shifting to nontoxic, recycled and remanufactured materials, and reducing waste. At the recent Better Business Through Green Power Conference, Granum was honored by the Environmental Protection Agency for purchasing clean, renewable energy. Granum uses wind-generated power for 100 percent of its electricity.

Boulder, Colo.-based White Wave Inc., maker of Silk soymilk, has won the Green Power Partner of the Year award from the U.S. Department of Energy and the EPA. The award, the top honor at the 2004 Green Power Leadership Awards, recognizes Silk?s role in using and promoting renewable energy.

The Organic Materials Review Institute board of directors is seeking nominations for several positions including a public interest representative with a supportive interest in the organic industry, an organic farmer and a handler or processor of organic food. Board members can expect to give four to five hours a month to this work plus probably one weekend gathering with the entire board each year.

The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce awarded natural baking company Dancing Deer the 2004 Business Excellence award for its entrepreneurial achievements in management, workplace excellence, product innovation and social responsibility.

Milwaukie, Ore.-based Bob?s Red Mill founders Bob and Charlee Moore recently received the North Clackamas County Chamber of Commerce Business People of the Year award and the Clackamas County Tourism Development Council Chairman?s Award.

Minneapolis-based Cargill Health & Food Technologies? OptaFlex natural chondroitin has received the verification mark from the U.S. Pharmacopeia?s Ingredient Verification Program. The USP program includes an evaluation of good manufacturing practices, review of quality control documents and laboratory testing. Cargill also has been awarded a patent for beverage formulas supplemented with Prolisse soy protein isolates.

Socially Responsible Business Awards were presented Oct. 16 to Guayaki Sustainable Rainforest Products, Maine Coast Sea Vegetables and Springfield Creamery. The 10th annual award breakfast was sponsored by Golden Temple and Yogi Tea.

General Nutrition Centers Inc. teamed with The Healthy Foundation?s Vitamin Relief USA to distribute 24,000 bottles of vitamins to at-risk children in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 12. The 2,000 children who will receive the free vitamins throughout the school year are taking part in the federal Healthy Start program.

Back row from left: Jaime Young, GNC; Michael Morton, executive director, Vitamin Relief; Cornett Njoku, health services manager, United Planning Organization; Dr. Janet Unonu, dietitian, Edward C. Mazique Parent-Child Center; Gail Montgomery, president, Vitamin Relief; and Mark Brunell, quarterback, Washington Redskins, donate vitamins to children from the Healthy Start program.

Natural Foods Merchandiser volume XXV/number 12/p. 52, 54, 56

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