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As part of its Go Green initiative, Fargo, N.D.-based SunGold Foods instituted a recycling program for sunflower shells generated in the production of its peanut-free SunButter brand nut butter. Rather than disposing of the sunflower shells in a landfill, where they are considered commercial (hazardous) waste, the company will be using the shells for biodegradable turkey bedding.

Dallas-based Daisy Brand, makers of Daisy Natural Sour Cream, was awarded the American Business Ethics Award by the Society of Financial Service Professionals. Established in 1994, the ABEA recognizes companies that exemplify high standards of ethical behavior in their everyday business conduct and in response to specific crises or challenges.

Los Angeles-based Jarrow Formulas donated more than 1,650 bottles of vitamins, including 994 bottles of ToxGuard Colon PF and 657 bottles of Hemp Seeds, to the AIDS Project Los Angeles Necessities of Life Program.

Enzymotec, an Israeli supplements manufacturer with a U.S. base in Springfield, N.J., reported 2,134 percent growth during the last five years, placing it among the top 12 companies in the Deloitte Israeli Technology Fast 50 list.

Chicago-based SourceOne Global Partners, a maker of heart-health, cognitive-development and joint-function products, is collaborating with Las Vegas-based Nutri Pharmaceuticals Research Inc. to develop powdered forms of SourceOne's liquid-based product portfolio, using NPRI's O2P powder technology. O2P is a patent-pending process that converts oils, gels, extracts, pastes and other liquid compounds into free-flowing powders without the oxidative effects of heat and oxygen.

The American Botanical Council celebrated its 20th birthday in November. The Austin, Texas-based nonprofit, founded by Executive Director Mark Blumenthal, ethnobotanist James Duke and pharmacognosist Norman Farnsworth, publishes educational and scientific materials, conducts media education seminars and runs HerbMedPro, an Internet-based herbal research database.

GreenWise Market, an organically focused retail market and a division of Publix Markets, has added Culver City, Calif.-based Homemade Baby organic baby food to its inventory. GreenWise, which has stores in Boca Raton, Palm Beach Gardens and Tampa, Fla., is the first retailer in Florida to carry Homemade Baby's product line.

ProCaps Laboratories donated more than 650,000 bottles of prenatal vitamins to Vitamin Angels, a non-profit dedicated to stamping out nutrient deficiencies around the globe. The Santa Barbara, Calif., company says its 58 million capsules will give expecting mothers the nutrition they need and help prevent some of the 500,000 childbirth-related deaths that occur each year.

The Grocery Manufacturers Association, based in Washington, D.C., chose international management consultant firm McKinsey & Co. to conduct research into the carbon footprint of an average consumer's weekly grocery purchases. The new measurement, called the Market Basket Measurement Tool for Sustainability, will study the greenhouse gases, energy and water involved in the production and distribution of a basket of groceries. McKinsey will also look at the carbon footprint of the same groceries 10 years ago and will make predictions on the future carbon footprint of those groceries.

Edmonton, Alberta-based Solo GI Nutrition won the Innovation Award at the second annual Western Canadian Functional Food and Natural Product Network Excellence Awards for its "innovative and science-based, consumer-oriented products" that target obesity and diabetes. The WCFN awards honor Western Canadian businesses and entrepreneurs that helped significantly advance functional foods as a respected industry during the past year. San-Francisco-based Over the Moon Diapers was presented with a 2008 California Clean Tech Open award in the air, water and waste category. Its diapers are washable and are made almost entirely of recycled and recyclable fabrics. The California Clean Tech Open is an organization of leading entrepreneurs, academics, investors and companies working together to accelerate the development of clean technology startups.

Stillwater, Minn.-based Cub Foods has applied for LEED Gold Certification for a new eco-friendly branch of TCF Bank in its St. Paul, Minn., store. TCF Bank voluntarily adhered to many LEED initiatives in the design and construction of the branch, in conjunction with Minneapolis-based design and marketing firm Shea.

White Wave Foods Co. is teaming up with Conservation International to work on its Silk Soybean Sourcing and Production Program, which aims to source soybeans produced in a sustainable, socially responsible way. CI will also work to reinforce the Horizon Organic Standards of Care, guidelines that govern farm practices on company-owned farms in Idaho and Maryland.

Natural Foods Merchandiser volume XXX/number 1/p. 39,41

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