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Annemarie Lindner, founder of herbal skin care company Borlind, of Calw, Germany, was presented the Natural Legacy award at the Goethe Institute in New York on Sept. 20. The Natural Foods Merchandiser honored Lindner for being a natural cosmetics pioneer after profiling her as part of the Natural Legacy series in the September 2005 issue.

Bea James, the senior whole health manager for Lund Food Holdings of Edina, Minn., was appointed to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture?s Organic Advisory Task Force. James will represent the interest and views of retailers.

Futurebiotics of Hauppauge, N.Y., hired Lauren Harbour as director of national key accounts. Harbour, who has worked for Twinlab and Weider, will be responsible for distributor relations.

Boulder, Colo.-based Wild Oats Markets Inc. hired Patricia DiPersio, Ph.D., R.D., as food safety specialist and corporate dietitian. Dan Heiges was hired as director of research and development and quality assurance.

Aptos, Calif.-based Newman?s Own Organics announced the appointment of Christine Negm as vice president, technical services, and Mike Polk as Southeastern regional sales manager.

Dennis Tenney was named vice president of global business development of Cedar Rapids, Iowa-based Embria Health Sciences.

Paul Dijkstra was appointed to the office of executive vice president at Benicia, Calif.-based InterHealth Nutraceuticals.

Boulder, Colo.-based Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy Inc. hired Kevin Darrington as chief financial officer, a new position. Darrington previously served as corporate controller for Foot Locker.

Old Mother Hubbard, a manufacturer of all-natural pet foods and supplements, appointed Bob Littlefield as vice president of sales. Littlefield has worked in sales at Veryfine, Tropicana and Miller Brewing Co.

Aurora Organic Dairy of Boulder, Colo., a producer-processor of private-label organic milk and butter, promoted Juan S. Velez to vice president, farm operations. Velez previously served as director of farms.

The 11th Annual Socially Responsible Business Awards were presented Sept. 16 at Natural Products Expo East in Washington, D.C. Winners include: Dan Richard of NOW Foods Inc.; Steven Bookoff of Organic India/OM Organics; David Bronner, Trudy Bronner and Michael Bronner of Dr. Bronner?s & Sun Dog?s Magic Soaps; and Frederick Schilling of Dagoba Chocolate.

Albert?s Organics hired Francine Schoenwetter in the newly created position of fresh category director, and Paul Gingerich as meat category director. Schoenwetter previously worked at Wild Oats, Whole Foods, Bread & Circus and Erewhon. Gingerich was previously national meat director for Alfalfa?s and Wild Oats.

Natural Factors Nutritional Products promoted April Longe to national sales manager. Bergen Langlois was appointed national key accounts manager.

Santa Fe-based LesserEvil Snack Co. hired Sallie Bowling to run East Coast sales. Bowling has 25 years of sales, marketing and management experience in addition to 14 years in the natural food industry.

Middleborough, Mass.-based foodservice distributor Cirelli Foods named Jay Cirelli president and chief executive officer.

Bloomingdale, Ill.-based AOAC International, a scientific association dedicated to analytical excellence, awarded NOW Foods? Dr. Joseph Zhou its 2005 Study Director of the Year.

Natural Foods Merchandiser volume XXVI/number 11/p. 48

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