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Natural product movers & shakers - August 2016

Your recap of who did what in the natural products industry this month.

Derek Sarno, Chad Sarno and Errol Schweizer have joined BeyondBrands’ conscious products collective to co-chair the company’s food, beverage and conscious cannabis verticals. All three industry superstars come to BeyondBrands with decades of senior-level experience from Whole Foods Market, the longtime leader in natural foods retailing and disruptive product development.

Gaia Herbs appointed Angela McElwee as president. McElwee joined Gaia in 2008 as vice president of sales, and was subsequently promoted to vice president, sales operations and elected to the board of directors in 2013.

Tea brand Bhakti has hired Sarah Bird as its new CEO. Prior to joining Bhakti, Sarah was on the executive team at Annie’s Homegrown for 15 years and has extensive experience at large-scale brands like PowerBar, Nestle Beverage Company and Frito Lay. Brook Eddy, Bhakti’s founder, will remain involved in the business and serve as chairwoman of the board of directors.

AAK, a leading manufacturer of value-adding specialty vegetable fats and oils, announced four new hires: Anker Fog as business development and marketing analyst, Jesse Alexander as account manager and Jennifer Alli as senior account manager.

GNC honored Dr. Anil Shrikhande, former president of Polyphenolics, with its Career Award for Excellence in Innovation, based upon his work to develop a premium grape seed extract product, MegaNatural-BP.

New to Hampton Creek's executive team is a chief of design, Sean Wolcott. With more than 20 years of experience shaping brands like Microsoft and Amazon, Wolcott will be focused on leading and elevating all creative efforts.

B&D Nutritional Ingredients announced Chelsea Drinco as its new Southern California regional sales manager. Before joining B&D, Chelsea worked as an account manager at Ingredient Identity
and as a business development assistant at Fresh Healthy Vending.

Northwest-based organic produce distributor Organically Grown Company has recently welcomed Elizabeth (Darrow) Nardi as Chief Executive Officer. She is currently the director of operations for New Seasons Market, where she has held that position for the last 6 years.

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