Natural Foods Merchandiser

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Bob's Red Mill Natural Foods, miller of whole-grain foods, is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Bob's also opened a new store and visitor center, a 15,000-square-foot building featuring an operating waterwheel and displays of historic milling equipment, including a working stone mill using French buhr millstones from the 1800s.

Berkeley, Calif.-based Clif Bar Inc.'s energy and nutrition bar cartons will be made from 100 percent recycled paperboard, of which 50 percent will be postconsumer waste. Clif, which produces more than 10 million cartons annually, estimates saving 7,500 trees, 3.3 million gallons of water, 660,000 pounds of greenhouse gases and 4 billion BTUs.

Annie's Naturals of North Calais, Vt., is sponsoring a contest to help create the new label for its Green Goddess salad dressing. Details of the contest are available at and entries must be received by Nov. 30. The winner will receive recognition at her or his local market and a lifetime supply of Green Goddess.

Watsonville-Calif.-based Nordic Naturals Inc., manufacturer of essential fatty acids, will complete its move to new corporate offices by Nov. 15. The new building's 9,000 square feet represent more than a 100 percent increase in space.

The American Vegetarian Association presented its Best in Show awards to Tasty Eats Inc.'s Soy Jerky and Galaxy Nutritional Foods' Soyco line of dairy alternatives at Natural Products Expo East in Washington, D.C.

Green Mountain Coffee Roaster, of Waterbury, Vt., is planning to build a 52,000-square-foot warehouse and distribution facility in Vermont. The company is also considering building more distribution facilities in other parts of the United States.

Kraft Foods Inc., of Northfield, Ill., acquired the Back to Nature brand cereal and granola business from Organic Milling Inc. of San Dimas, Calif. Kraft also owns the Boca Burger and Balance Gold energy bar natural products lines.

California Certified Organic Farmers and the Monterey Bay International Trade Association launched the Certified Organic Product Export Strategy program, designed to initiate exports of California's organic products to overseas markets. Funded by a grant from the California Department of Food and Agriculture, the program will offer export and marketing assistance for California organic food companies.

Enjoy Life Foods announced its expansion across the East Coast. The company will be offering an in-store resource center that features brochures on gluten-free and allergen-free living.

Earth Fare will expand into Charlotte, N.C., next summer. The Asheville, N.C.-based company will bring 26,000 square feet of organic and natural products to a new location in the Toringdon Market near Ballantyne. The new store will feature more than 30,000 items and will include a sushi bar, sit-down restaurant and a community room for cooking classes and lectures.

Irvine, Calif.-based Next Pharmaceuticals was awarded a two-year National Institutes of Health grant from the AMC Cancer Research Center in Denver. The grant will fund a study of Nexrutine as a prostate cancer preventive agent and determine the molecular mechanism that underlies its efficacy. Nexrutine, a natural anti-inflammatory, was developed for use in dietary supplements.

Degussa Food Ingredients, based in Freising, Germany, recently combined into a single international unit. The company was previously organized as three separate units—Flavors & Fruit Systems, BioActives and Texturant Systems.

Carotech Inc., based in Edison, N.J., announced its ability to commercially extract full-spectrum tocotrienol complex (Super Vitamin E) from palm fruits.

Carlsbad, Calif.-based Geneva Health & Nutrition LLC, makers of Levity Mood Elevating Formula, is retaining Karrin West & Associates Inc. as its manufacturer's representative to the health food retail channel in central and southern California.

Kohnstamm Communications, a St. Paul, Minn.-based public relations firm, won accounts for Casual Gourmet and Kalahari Ltd. These companies will join with others such as GeniSoy Products, Sunrich Food Group and Green Mill restaurants in being represented by Kohnstamm.

LycoRed Natural Products Industries Ltd., the Israel-based manufacturers of Lyc-O-Mato lycopene, has been awarded a U.S. patent for "synergistic compositions for lycopene and vitamin E for the prevention of LDL oxidation."

The German special ingredients company Nutrinova is collaborating with Swisscaps, which provides capsules for pharmaceutical and dietary supplements companies, to produce softgel capsules for its DHActive omega-3 oil.

The Swiss flavor and plant extract company Frutarom Industries Ltd. announced the renaming of the newly acquired Emil Flachsmann AG to Frutarom Switzerland Ltd.

Vitamin Angel Alliance, a nonprofit organization that provides supplements to needy communities worldwide, announced that it increased its monthly donations of calcium and vitamin D supplements, aimed at preventing rickets in Tibet's at-risk children to a 147,500 supplements as of September. Pharmachem Laboratories Inc., of Kearney, N.J., is donating ingredients; Tishcon Corp., of Westbury, N.Y., is donating tableting and bottling; and the Terma Foundation, of Half Moon Bay, Calif., will continue to deliver and distribute the supplements.

In late September, Paul Bolar of Pharmavite and Joe LaPlaca of Roche Vitamins Inc. were awarded CRN Apples during the Council for Responsible Nutrition's 2003 Annual Conference in Tucson, Ariz. As the chairman of the CRN regulatory affairs committee, Bolar was instrumental in developing the comments on Good Manufacturing Practices that CRN recently submitted to the Food and Drug Administration. LaPlaca is an active member of the CRN board of directors, executive committee and international trade and market development committee.

—Hilary Oliver and Bryce Edmonds

People News
Wisdom Natural Brands, a Mesa, Ariz.-based manufacturer of stevia and herbal tea products, has appointed Harry A. Bradford director of sales. Bradford has 20 years of senior level pharmaceutical sales experience.

The NSF International board of directors announced the appointment of Kevan P. Lawlor as president and chief executive officer of the company. Lawlor, who has been with NSF for 18 years, previously held the positions of chief financial officer, senior vice president of food safety, and president of NSF International Strategic Registrations Ltd. Lawlor replaces Dennis R. Mangino, who retired after nine years with NSF.

Traditional Medicinals announced the appointment of three new members to its board of advisers: Lex Alexander, consultant and product development specialist; Joel Dee, founder and president of Edward & Sons Trading Co.; and Mark Retzloff, chief executive of Rudi's Organic Bakery. The company also added the following people to its board of directors: White Wave CEO Steve Demos; United Natural Foods Inc.'s co-founder Michael Funk; Peter Roy, former president of Whole Foods Market; and Dr. John Elstrott, director, Levy Rosenblum Institute for Private Enterprise & Entrepreneurship, Tulane University. Traditional Medicinals also announced the promotion of Darrick Blinoff to vice president of sales.

Norway, Iowa-based Frontier Natural Products Co-op established the position of vice president of corporate social responsibility and named Kathy Larson to fill the position. Larson will oversee the distribution of funds earmarked for responsible causes, such as the 1 percent of Simply Organic sales set aside for organic farming initiatives. She will also oversee HerbFest, which Frontier hosts annually.

Nordic Naturals of Watsonville, Calif., awarded Michael Hennessey of Blue Moose Consulting its 2002 Salesperson of the Year award at Natural Products Expo East. Hennessey, who serves the mid-Atlantic region, increased sales by 30 percent each month.

—Hilary Oliver

Natural Foods Merchandiser volume XXIV/number 11/p. 51-52

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