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Atlanta-based Thione International, developer of preventive and therapeutic health care and consumer products, announced a strategic partnership with nutritional supplements manufacturer Natural Organics of Melville, N.Y. Thione's Thione Complex will be incorporated into Natural Organics' new Ultra Source of Life product.

Santa Barbara, Calif.-based EarthShell Corp. announced that it signed a definitive alliance agreement with Wilmington, Del.-based DuPont. This alliance combines EarthShell patented composite material technology with DuPont expertise in materials, development, manufacturing and marketing to offer environmentally preferable packaging to the foodservice packaging market. Initially, the two companies will focus on major segments of the $1 billion global foodservice wraps market.

Smith's Food & Drug Stores, a division of Cincinnati-based Kroger Co., turned to gourmet and organic coffee roaster, Boise, Idaho-based White Cloud Coffee, to replace the Nescafé whole-bean line throughout the Smith's chain.

Nulab Inc., a Los Angeles-based manufacturer of nutritional products, announced that it is now the exclusive manufacturer of the proprietary herbal supplement Gold Quest, used by Russian Olympic athletes. The Gold Quest product is based on the Siberian herb, Leuzea carthamoides. It also announced the opening of Biotica Cosmetics, a 30,000-square-foot cosmetic production facility in Glendale, Calif.

Stonyfield Farm of Londonderry, N.H., announced that Falmouth, Maine-based O'Naturals, the all-natural and organic fast food restaurant, will operate in Stonyfield's visitor center. O'Naturals will serve visitors and Stonyfield employees.

Albuquerque, N.M.-based Avalon Organic Coffee was deemed "best tasting organic coffee" and named the 2002 gold medal winner by the American Tasting Institute.

Longmont, Colo.-based Horizon Organic Holding Corp. has been listed on the Russell 3000 Index, which measures the performance of the 3,000 largest U.S. companies based on total market capitalization.

Brattleboro, Vt.-based ForesTrade Inc., was recognized in Frances Moore Lappé and Anna Lappé's new book, Hope's Edge: The Next Diet for a Small Planet (JP Tarcher/Putnam, 2002), as one of the largest suppliers of fair-trade coffee and organic spices in North America.

Terry Lemerond, founder and former president of Green Bay, Wis.-based Enzymatic Therapy, has formed a new company, EuroPharma, also based in Green Bay. The company will distribute European skin care products in the United States.

LaFarge, Wis.-based Organic Valley and White Plains, N.Y.-based Waterkeeper Alliance announced a partnership to improve consumer awareness and gain support for the survival of organic family farms and clean water. The announcement of the "Pure Farms—Pure Water" campaign was made by Robert F. Kennedy Jr., president of Waterkeeper Alliance, and George Siemon, founding farmer of Organic Valley.

The American Premium Tea Institute and Specialty Tea Registry, two industry associations, have merged. The new organization is the Specialty Tea Institute based in New York.

Oakland, Calif.-based Peerless Coffee and Tea Co. announced that it has acquired San Francisco-based Adam's Organic Coffees.

Plainsboro, N.J.-based Oetker USA announced the addition of Rockaway, N.J.-based Sunrise Brand Management Specialists to its sales organization.

Lodi, Calif.-based Auromere Inc. launched new packaging for its Ayurvedic skin and body care products. The new packaging includes its herbal toothpastes, handmade ayurvedic soaps, herbomineral ayurvedic mud baths and massage oil.

The Cup of Excellence program announced that 33 Cup of Excellence coffees were sold during Guatemala's second Internet auction. The coffee lots had previously been selected for awards during the Cup of Excellence competition.

Retail Insights, located in Brattleboro, Vt., acquired the Danny Wells Newsletter. The monthly consumer nutrition publication will continue to be co-authored by Danny Wells but will now be produced and marketed by Retail Insights. The content will continue to emphasize what the experts are saying about "the latest in scientifically substantiated research."

Thanksgiving Coffee Co. has teamed up with two socially conscious nonprofit groups—Grounds for Sharing and Defenders of Wildlife—to introduce Java Forest, a new line of fair trade, organic and shade grown coffee that saves animal habitat and raises funds to protect endangered species. Grounds for Sharing helps other nonprofits raise money through sales of sustainably produced coffees. Defenders of Wildlife is Grounds for Sharing's largest participant to date. The 430,000-member nonprofit seeks—through research, education and legislation—to prevent destruction of native plant and animal species and their habitats.

Cognis, a global specialty chemicals and nutritional ingredients company, and Natural ASA, a Norwegian research and development company, signed an agreement that grants Cognis an exclusive license to market Natural's conjugated linoleic acid (known as CLA) intellectual property, technology and know-how, and an exclusive license for the use of the Tonalin trademark.

Banner Pharmacaps consolidated all domestic operations at its High Point, N.C., facility and shut down its facility in Chatsworth, Calif. The consolidation process is expected to yield about 100 new job openings in North Carolina.

Bluebonnet Nutrition Corp. has been awarded gold medallion status from Albion Advanced Nutrition on four of its products. They include Bluebonnet's Maxi One, Maxi Two, Multi One and Chelated Multi Minerals. Albion's gold medallion is awarded to companies that develop products using Albion's patented mineral amino acid chelates and complexes.

Hillside, N.J.-based Natural Health Science LLC, the North American distributor for Pycnogenol brand French maritime pine bark extract, received kosher certification for its patented ingredient Pycnogenol.

Florida juice company Uncle Matt's Organic, announced a fundraising promotion to help the Organic Trade Association kick off its new affiliated nonprofit organization, The Center for Organic Education and Promotion. A longtime OTA member, Uncle Matt's Organic will donate 10 percent of gross sales on every organic fruit gift basket sold during the months of November through mid-January.

Big Imagination Group, a Los Angeles marketing firm, has launched an environmental and brand awareness campaign using hybrid vehicles. The firm has purchased three Toyota Prius vehicles for staff members. Displayed on the vehicles is the company's logo and an environmental message. The company plans to buy three more of the hybrid vehicles.

Pittsburgh-based Healthy Origins, a manufacturer of specialty supplements to the natural products industry, has begun shipping its 15-mg Lyc-O-Mato Lycopene softgels to the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa, Fla., for the first randomized clinical trial studying the effects of tomato lycopene complex and those of soy isoflavones on prostate health. The National Cancer Institute is funding the trial.

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Sedona, Ariz.-based Symbiotics Inc. appointed Leanne C. Wilhardt president. Wilhardt was formerly an entrepreneur, executive and business lawyer with Herbal Care Systems Inc., Verigen Inc., Tosco Corp. and the Circle K Corp.

Stanley W. Jacob, M.D., F.A.C.S., medical director for Vancouver, Wash.-based Cardinal Nutrition Inc., manufacturer of MSM, was recently named one of 2,000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century by the International Biographical Centre in Cambridge, England.

Los Angeles-based Soft Gel Technologies Inc. promoted John Huber to marketing director. Previously, Huber served as communications coordinator in the marketing department.

Degussa BioActives appointed Jack Chenault director of sales and marketing for dietary supplements in North America, based in Champaign, Ill. Chenault spent the past two years working in Germany as the business manager responsible for functional foods within Degussa BioActives. Gary Shap was named sales manager, Northeast region. Shap was previously with Daiichi Fine Chemicals and also held various sales and technical positions with Cognis Health and Nutrition.

Boulder, Colo.-based Rudi's Organic Bakery expanded into new markets, including Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle. It has also expanded the sales staff with Mark Delbridge as national sales manager of natural foods, and Steve Buszka as Eastern zone sales manager of grocery. Delbridge was most recently the director of natural foods Midwest for Natural Specialty Sales Inc., a division of Acosta Sales and Marketing Co. Buszka was most recently with Horizon Organic Dairy.

Natural Foods Merchandiser volume XXIII/number 11/p. 44, 46

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