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Vancouver, Wash.-based Bi-O-Kleen appointed Rafe (Ray) Wolfson and Norman Rothbaum of Matrix Marketing Group as the North American sales management team, and Susan K. Carskadon as marketing and public relations consultant. They will manage the relaunch of the company.

Kevin Tisdale is the new director of marketing for Tualatin, Ore.-based Pacific Foods. Tisdale previously served as brand manager for companies such as Alberto-Culver Co. in Chicago and GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare in Pittsburgh.

United Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Association of Washington, D.C., named produce marketing veteran Amy Philpott to the new position of vice president of marketing and industry relations. Philpott previously worked as a director with Kimball & Associates, a Washington, D.C.-area marketing consulting group, where she conducted international marketing programs for the National Dry Bean Council and other clients.

Minneapolis-based Cargill Health & Food Technologies, a developer of ingredients for food and dietary supplements, announced that its president, Ted E. Ziemann, has been elected to the Consumer Healthcare Products Association?s board of directors. CHPA is the 123-year-old trade association representing U.S. manufacturers and distributors of over-the-counter medicines and nutritional supplements products. Ziemann joined Cargill in 2000 as president of Cargill?s Nutraceuticals and assumed his current role as president of Cargill?s Health & Food Technologies in 2001.

Jason?s Natural Cosmetics announced the five winners of its first annual model contest. They are Lisa Dawn Sheridan of Mother?s Market, Irvine, Calif.; Gerry Hennessey of Good Life Natural Health Shoppe, British Columbia, Canada; Ester Martinez of Great Earth Vitamins, Sherman Oaks, Calif.; Marnie Thamel of Whole Foods Market, San Diego; and Deborah Sweatman of Carrot Patch Health Food Store, Thibodaux, La.

Petaluma, Calif.-based Barbara?s Bakery appointed Ken Green as director of sales. Green brings to the position 20 years of experience in the food business, including U.S. division sales for The Balance Bar Co.

General Nutrition Centers of Pittsburgh, manufacturer of nutritional supplements, appointed Margaret Peet as senior vice president and national sales director. Peet was formerly founder and managing director of Health and Diet Centre Ltd., a U.K.-based nutritional supplements chain, which was acquired by GNC in 1995. During her tenure at Health and Diet Centre, she oversaw expansion of the number of stores from one to more than 50.

Organic Valley of LaFarge, Wis., appointed Sonny Luehrmann as a regional sales manager in the Midwest. Luehrmann brings more than 17 years experience in the grocery business, including serving as the regional account coordinator for Wild Oats.

Global Green USA, the U.S. affiliate of Green Cross International, founded by former Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev, gave Gary Erickson the 2004 Green Cross Millennium Award for Corporate Environmental Leadership. Erickson, Clif Bar Inc. owner and chief executive, was given the award in recognition of his company?s efforts to use renewable energy, eco-friendly packaging and organic ingredients.

The Odwalla Co. of Moon Bay, Calif., announced that Shawn Sugarman, president of Odwalla Inc., is resigning to pursue other interests. Odwalla Chief Operating Officer Steve McCormick will assume leadership of the company.

Chicago-based sales and marketing company SourceOne Global Partners appointed Richard F. Staack as vice president of business development, technology and science.
Staack brings to the position 15 years of experience in the dietary supplements and functional foods areas. SourceOne also appointed Amanda Donahue as account service manager. She has more than 12 years of experience, with an emphasis on marketing and customer support services.

nSpired Natural Foods of San Leandro, Calif., promoted Patrick Lee to president. Lee served as the company?s vice president of sales for the past two years. nSpired also hired Sandra Bethke as its new central regional sales manager. Bethke spent the past seven years as the Midwest business manager for Natural Specialty Sales Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Acosta Inc. nSpired produces natural and organic foods for those on restricted diets.

Natural Foods Merchandiser volume XXV/number 6/p. 91-92

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