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George Wright was named fresh category director for Albert's Organics Denver division. Jeff Goethel, previously of Organic Planet in San Francisco, is the company's new director of sales and marketing.

InterHealth Nutraceuticals of Benica, Calif., appointed Daniel Murray vice president of food and beverage sales. Murray, a 20-year veteran of the food manufacturing industry, was previously with Lonza.

Santa Barbara, Calif.-based Vitamin Angel Alliance President Howard Schiffer was given Vivekanand Ashram's Global Humanitarian Award for his work toward the prevention of childhood blindness in India.

Living Harvest, maker of organic cold-milled Hemp Protein Powder, hired Oregon Chai founder Heather Howitt to its team of executives as board chair.

Trish Karter, president and chief executive officer of Boston-based Dancing Deer Baking Co., was given the 2006 Rosoff Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement for promoting diversity initiatives at Dancing Deer. She also was honored in Washington, D.C., at the 2006 Salute to Women's Business Enterprises, a celebration for the top 14 women-owned businesses in the nation.

La Crosse, Wis.-based Main Street Ingredients, a supplier of dairy and food ingredients and a contract manufacturer for the sports nutrition, health and natural foods industries, appointed Phil Blanchard as account manager and Carla Dewey as account manager for health and nutrition. Eric Rogich was promoted to assistant plant manager.

Fast Company magazine named Mike Fata, president and co-founder of Winnipeg, Manitoba-based Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods and Oils, as one of the Top 10 Reader's Favorites in its 2006 Fast 50 edition.

Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy of Boulder, Colo., hired Craig Greenlaw as director of real estate and acquisitions.

Boulder, Colo.-based IZZE Beverage Co. appointed SoBe founder and former CEO John Bello as chairman of the board.

The American Botanical Council of Austin, Texas, added Neil Blomquist to its board of trustees. Blomquist is the former CEO and president of Petaluma, Calif.-based Spectrum Organic Products.

Watsonville, Calif.-based Nordic Naturals awarded "Brokerage of the Year" to Landis and Jan McIntire, Darryl Biel, William Broen, Karen Turner, Sarah Arias and Susan Halberg of Pacific Coast Brokerage. "Highest Sales for the Year" went to Andrea Piatt from Sequoia/EMS Nutritionals, which services northern California. "Co-op Advertiser of the Year" was awarded to Robb Doser of Whole Earth Marketing in the Midwest territory.

Nordic Naturals hired Natalie Starr as sales representative for the Houston, San Antonio and Austin metro areas; Nicole Reyes as sales representative for North Texas; Michael Hoffman as sales representative for rural Texas; Todd Scarborough as sales representative for Oklahoma and Arkansas; and Thomasina Cuevas as sales representative for upstate New York.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns appointed four incumbents and five new members to the National Fluid Milk Processor Promotion Board. Reappointed to serve second terms are: Michael Nosewicz, William McCabe, Paul Bikowitz and Susan Meadows. The newly appointed are: Charles Gaither Jr., Edward Mullins, Patrick Beaman, Teresa Webb and Lisa Hillenbrand.

Phoenix-based Zila, a nutraceutical company, named Bernie Landes vice president and general manager. Landes previously worked for Alacer Corp., Health Valley Foods and Nutritional Products Consulting Group.

InnoVision Health Media of Boulder, Colo., appointed Joan Boykin as president. Boykin was formerly director of marketing, new products, public relations and retail for The Hain Celestial Group and has more than 20 years experience at Celestial Seasonings, Wild Oats Markets and New Hope Natural Media.

Leonard Bibb is now general manager of Albert's Organics new distribution center in Greenwood, Ind. Jeff Anderson, recently of Del Monte Fresh Foods in Coral Gables, Fla., will be sales manager for the new division.

Natural Foods Merchandiser volume XXVII/number 6/p. 80

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