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Culver City, Calif.-based Jason Natural Cosmetics acquired Shaman Beauty Products and will relaunch the company as Shaman Earthly Organics. All products in the Shaman line are at least 70 percent organic. Started in 1996, Shaman Beauty Products is a Colorado maker of botanically based hair and body care products. Owner Stuart Hutchinson will join the Jason team as the Shaman product line manager.

Haddonfield, N.J.-based Reviva Labs is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Stephen Strassler started Reviva Labs in 1973, distributing his own line of skin care products to salons.

White Plains, N.Y.-based, an independent laboratory that tests dietary supplements and nutritional products, will present Hauppauge, N.Y.-based Twinlab Corp. with its consumer satisfaction award for receiving the highest ratings among retail brands in its supplements users survey. The award will be presented during Expo West. The results were based on 3,226 responses from members of's free e-newsletter. Results were collected and analyzed by Hartman Interactive in Bellevue, Wash.

Australia-based Novogen Ltd. was issued a U.S. patent for dietary supplements comprised of soy material made from ground soy hypocotyl containing at least one isoflavone. This new patent extends the cover for soy to include soy hypocotyl, which is an approved food and does not need to have the isoflavones chemically extracted. The use of these alternative isoflavone sources derived from soy has been licensed from Novogen to DuPont Protein Technologies in St. Louis.

Kona, Hawaii-, and Solana Beach, Calif.-based nutraceutical company Mera Pharmaceuticals Inc. entered into a binding commitment to acquire Ancile Pharmaceuticals Inc., a privately held drug development company based in San Diego.

Bio-Technical Resources, a division of Wilmington, Del.-based Arkion Life Sciences LLC, announced it is commercializing its technology to produce a shellfish-allergen free, kosher glucosamine by microbial fermentation. Unlike earlier technology that relies on chemically treated shellfish, the new technology utilizes glucose from widely available sources such as corn in a cost-efficient fermentation process.

Irving, Texas-based Carrington Laboratories Inc. has agreed to purchase the Custom Division of Creative Beauty Innovations Inc. of Carrollton, Texas. CBI is a privately held manufacturer of skin and cosmetic products.

Los Angeles-based Health Sciences Group Inc., a provider of products and services to the nutraceutical, pharmaceutical and cosmeceutical industries, announced that it signed an agreement to acquire the assets of South Plainfield, NJ-based Quality Botanical Ingredients Inc. QBI is a purchaser, manufacturer and contract processor of bulk botanical materials and nutritional ingredients.

Twinlab has been delisted from the NASDAQ SmallCap market. The delisting is a result of Twinlab's failure to meet NASDAQ's continued listing requirements under Marketplace Rule 4310(c)(2)(B). Twinlab's common stock will be eligible for trading on the NASD Over-the-Counter Bulletin Board. Twinlab completed the sale of substantially all of the assets, including inventory, of Bronson Laboratories Inc., its mail-order catalog subsidiary.

Des Moines, Iowa-based Kemin Foods, maker of lutein for dietary supplements, personal care products, food and beverages, is launching an initiative to educate consumers on the evidence showing how its purified FloraGLO Lutein helps promote eye health. The company will sponsor a public television program on eye health later this year.

Canadian retailer Planet Organic Health Corp. opened a 10,824-square-foot store with on-site parking in Calgary. The store is the company's third organic and natural foods supermarket, and was designed by Kim Johansen of Black Dog Design.

Providence, R.I.-based Health Strategy Consulting LLC, Orange County, Calif.-based IMAGINutrition and Ontario, Canada-based NPIcenter launched Innovations in Health and Nutrition, a collaboration allowing companies to present intellectual and technology assets to a broad audience of industry leaders to facilitate transfer and licensing. The alliance will use the partners' relationships and the strengths of the individual parties to bring deals sourced around the world to closure. The IHNnetwork site and program will be launched at SupplySide West in Las Vegas.

Terrell, Texas-based Madix Store Fixtures has acquired North Brookfield, Mass.-based Spencer Products, a manufacturer of wire and specialty products. With this acquisition, Madix operates more than 2.15 million square feet of manufacturing space at four locations. Madix also administers several warehouses in the United States and one in the United Kingdom.

Portland, Ore.-based Healthnotes Inc., provider of health and lifestyle information, announced that the U.K.-based Tesco's flagship store in London features a Healthnotes touchscreen kiosk as part of the "learning zone" within the newly added Nutri Centre and Healthy Living area. According to the "Healthnotes Category Management Report," during the first 66 days of use in the store, Healthnotes answered more than 2,800 customer questions.

Chatsworth, Calif.-based Natrol Inc., a manufacturer and marketer of branded nutritional products, launched Annása, a wholly owned subsidiary of Natrol. Annása will specialize in wellness products.

Saginaw, Mich.-based Graminex LLC, producer of flower pollen extracts, announced the addition of a new product formulation, SP63, as an active ingredient for the support of prostate health and virility. SP63 contains Graminex Standardized Flower Pollen Extract and Standardized Saw Palmetto Extract, and is marketed under the brand name Prostanex. SP63 is manufactured by Avoca, a division of RJ Reynolds, in conjunction with Graminex.

Manasquan, N.J.-based Cytodyne Technologies Inc. included a year's supply of Xenadrine-EFX and its new Xenadrine High Protein Weight-Control Bars in the celebrity gift bags for the 30th Annual American Music Awards, held Jan. 13 in Los Angeles. Nominees, presenters and performers received the bags.

Green Bay, Wis.-based EuroPharma, a new European-inspired company set to market a natural product line, debuted a women's health talk radio show in partnership with the radio talk host Deborah Ray. Women's Health Talk Radio airs each Sunday from 4:30-5 p.m. (ET) on 40 of The Deborah Ray Show affiliate stations across the United States. Topics range from healthy weight loss and how to jazz up your sex life to menopause and PMS.

A new Web site,, enables visitors to type in their ZIP code and pull up a list of stores within a 25-mile radius of their home that carry Israeli foods. The site also features a page directed to retailers with a list of leading Israeli brands and their U.S. importers.

Milan, Italy-based botanical extract manufacturer Indena launched a new natural immuno-boosting herbal ingredient. Polinacea, a standardized extract derived from the roots of Echinacea angustifolia, is triple standardized.

Los Angeles-based natural beverage company Reed's Inc. announced that its $18 million direct public offering has been cleared by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Reed's will advertise shares to its customers using a neck tag attached to its soft drink bottles, along with other advertising. Shares are offered through its selling agent, Blue Bay Capital of Bellevue, Wash.

The Council for Responsible Nutrition has moved its office to 1828 L St., NW, Ste. 900, Washington, D.C. 20036-5114.

The American Frozen Food Institute's 2003 Western Frozen Food Convention featured keynote speaker Erik Weihenmayer, the first blind man to climb Mount Everest.

Network Resource LLC launched a new employment site serving only the consumer packaged/product goods category. Initial clients for include MasterFoods, Hartz Mountain Corp. and Malt-O-Meal Co.

Nature's Life will present best selling author and nutritionist, Melissa Diane Smith at Natural Products Expo West, Saturday, March 8. She will meet retailers and sign copies of her latest book, Going Against the Grain: How Reducing and Avoiding Grains Can Revitalize Your Health in the Nature's Life booth (1937) between noon and 2 p.m.

The book is about grain addictions and allergies and contains practical advice on how to limit and avoid grains for better health.

People News
Los Angeles-based Jarrow Formulas Inc. hired Catherine Foley as its New England sales representative. Previously, Foley worked as an account executive for SGN Sales & Marketing, a natural foods broker, and with Wild Oats Markets as a natural living manager.

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association selected Virginia Cox as the association's vice president for communications and strategic initiatives. In addition to overseeing CHPA's public affairs office, Cox will focus on building stronger relationships with the public health community and CHPA stakeholders. Cox served as the director of outreach for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration from 1999-2001 and was most recently a consultant to the agency on regulatory processes and public policy issues. Also, Theodore L. "Ted" Peterson has joined the association as vice president for corporate development. Peterson has worked as a consultant to CHPA on member development issues since July 2001. In his new role, Peterson will focus on growing and retaining CHPA membership as well as helping to create business opportunities for member companies. Prior to joining CHPA on a permanent basis, Peterson was founder and principal of Ted Peterson Group LLC.

Industry consultant Danny Wells announced that he and his wife, Lonnie, have accepted an assignment to hold an 18-month mission on a special projects team at their church headquarters in Salt Lake City. Wells will be taking a sabbatical from his work in the natural products industry, dedicating full efforts to the service project. His seminars and handbooks will continue to be available, as well as referrals for industry consulting projects at

Terry Lemerond, who previously founded and built Enzymatic Therapy, will launch his new company and product line, EuroPharma, at Natural Products Expo West 2003. EuroPharma is a European-inspired company that is developing a natural product line for total body care, including: premium and therapeutic skin care lines, a line of natural remedies, and a family of unique dietary supplements.

Santa Cruz, N.M.-based OroWest Natural Foods appointed Geoff Wilson vice president of sales and marketing. Wilson will provide strategic focus for all OroWest natural branded and natural private-label offerings. Wilson was formerly sales director with Yves Veggie Cuisine, a Hain Celestial Co.

Watsonville, Calif.-based Nordic Naturals Inc. hired David Perlmutter M.D., a board-certified, practicing neurologist and author, as its medical adviser. Perlmutter has achieved recognition for his advances in neurological diseases. He is the author of two books: Life Guide, Your Guide to a Longer and Healthier Life and—Powerful Therapy for Challenging Brain Disorders. In 2002, he was the recipient of the Denham Harmon Award by the American College for Advancement In Medicine as well as the seventh Linus Pauling Functional Medicine Award.

Parsippany, N.J.-based Degussa Corp. named Donald Vandenburgh Eastern region account manager of its Food Service business line. Prior to joining Degussa, Vandenburgh worked for the New England Coffee Co. and the Friendly Ice Cream Corp.

Nutraceutical Clinical Laboratories Int'l. Inc., a St. Petersburg, Fla.-based company that develops, manufactures and markets preservatives and nutraceutical products, appointed Mike Hesler vice president, research and development and operations. Hesler was most recently the senior food technologist at Flowers Foods.

Denmark-based Chr. Hansen Inc. announced three new appointments to the Human Health and Nutrition business unit. Jeannine Farro is now marketing manager, and will develop marketing strategies and identify new business opportunities. Andrea Chopek has been appointed account manager, serving accounts on the East Coast. She previously was at Pfizer Inc., where she spent more than three years. Alan Cox has also been appointed account manager, serving accounts in the Western United States. He has more than five years of sales experience with Fortitech Inc.

Provo, Utah-based Nu Skin Enterprises Inc. promoted Truman Hunt, formerly the company's executive vice president and general counsel, as president. Hunt will assume direct oversight of the operations of each of Nu Skin Enterprises' product divisions, as well as direction of the company's operations. Stephen Lund, current president and chief executive, will oversee the company's strategic direction and operations in global markets until the annual shareholder meeting in May 2003, at which time Hunt will also become the chief executive.

Cyvex Nutrition, a developer and manufacturer of ingredients for the dietary supplements industry, named Denise Lam manager of technical services. Lam will lead the Irvine, Calif.-based Cyvex's new product development, quality assurance and technical customer service initiatives.

Loders Croklaan Lipid Nutrition, maker of lipid-based health ingredients, hired Jennifer Haberman as its West Coast account manager. Haberman's primary responsibility will be market development for Clarinol CLA and Marinol Omega-3 fish oils.

Essentially Pure Ingredients, a division of Natrol Inc., announced that Lisa Clark has joined the company as director of business development. Clark has worked with companies in the food and dietary supplements industry such as General Foods, McCormick, Uncle Ben's, CPC/Knorr, French's Ingredients, Nutrilite and Leiner Health Products.

Northridge, Calif.-based Pharmavite LLC appointed Skip Aldridge executive vice president, sales. Previously, Aldridge was executive vice president, grocery sales, at ConAgra Foods and has also held positions at Del Monte Foods Inc., the Clorox Co. and Scott Paper.

The Fresh Produce and Floral Council announced that Dick Spezzano, Spezzano Consulting Service Inc., will serve as chairman of the board. The immediate past chairman will be Chris Puentes of Interfresh Inc. Chairman-elect will be Dave Ackerman, Ralph's Grocery Co., and Pat McDowell, Perimeter Sales & Merchandising, will serve as treasurer. Past chairman representatives will be Harland Heath, Heath & Lejeune Inc.; Roger Schroeder, Stater Bros. Markets; and Marty Craner, B&C Fresh Sales Inc. Linda Stine, president of the organization, will continue on as corporate secretary.

New York, N.Y.-based Abkit Inc., a marketer and distributor of such branded products as CamoCare skin care and Kwai garlic supplements, promoted Patrick Bridges to vice president of marketing and sales. Jennifer Golub was hired as brand manager for the company's major brands. Bridges was previously vice president of marketing and Golub was most recently with The Lancet.

Kailua-Kona, Hawaii-based Cyanotech Corp. announced the resignation of Ronald P. Scott as chief financial officer. Scott will continue to serve on Cyanotech's board of directors. The company's controller, Jeffrey H. Sakamoto, was promoted to the position of vice president, finance and administration, and will assume Scott's job responsibilities. Sakamoto, who has been with Cyanotech since 1995, was previously the assistant controller at Hale Makua Health Care Systems.

Mediterranean Organic, a division of Global Organic Brands, hired Thomas G. May as regional sales manager for the West Coast and Rocky Mountain regions. The company currently offers a nationally branded range of certified organic specialty foods that can fill gaps on the organic shelves, such as artichoke hearts, capers and fire-roasted red and yellow peppers.

Ayer, Mass.-based Vitasoy USA hired Mike Kennedy as national sales manager. Kennedy previously held numerous positions with the Gillette Co.

Natural Foods Merchandiser volume XXIV/number 3/p. 154, 156, 158-9

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