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Oxnard, Calif.-based Green Foods Corp., manufacturer of green-food supplements, announced its sponsorship of Dr. Elson M. Haas, an integrated medicine physician and author of healthy living books. GFC will be supporting the efforts of Haas in expanding and promoting his approach to health and wellness. Haas is the founder of Preventive Medical Center of Marin, specializing in nutrition, detoxification and lifestyle transformation.

The nutrition group Lonza Inc., a chemical and biotechnology company based in Switzerland, appointed Bryan Rodriguez to the position of technical marketing and scientific affairs manager for Lonza's portfolio of nutrition products. Rodriguez brings more than 10 years of industry experience to Lonza, previously working for Larex Inc. as a technical and applications specialist.

Eckhart Kiesel has joined the Hudson, Wis.-based organic food ingredient company Ciranda Inc. as vice president of business development. Kiesel brings more than 20 years of experience to the company, working with organic farming, processing and distribution, most recently as president of New York City-based Rapunzel Pure Organics USA.

Natrol Inc., a Chatsworth, Calif.-based manufacturer and marketer of nutritional products, appointed new senior marketing management to Prolab, Natrol's sports nutrition band. Heading the U.S. team is Eric Schick, vice president of marketing, and Gloria Reynolds, director of marketing. Schick previously was chief sales officer at Twinlab IdeaSphere, and Reynolds was director of marketing at HerbaLife International. The U.K. team is led by Margaret Peet, a 20-year veteran in the nutritional supplements industry in both the United Kingdom and United States. Tony Gay, the new business development manager, most recently helped develop the U.K. entity of the global sports nutrition brand, EAS.

Lacey, Wash.-based Aloecorp Inc., manufacturer and supplier of bioactive aloe ingredients, hired Barbara Apps as director of business development. Most recently she relaunched and managed the Diamond Lotus essential oil and spa line from the organic herb farm owned by actor Steven Seagal.

Peter Hafermann, CEO of Aloecorp, and Regan Miles, CEO of Unigen Pharmaceuticals Inc., have been elected to join the ECONET Inc. board of directors. ECONET is the parent company for Aloecorp, Unigen Pharmaceuticals and Univera LifeSciences Inc.

Optometrist and contact lens specialist Dr. Warren Harvard Low is the newest member of the health and science advisory board at Sun Chlorella USA, a Torrance, Calif.-based supplements maker. Low has had a private practice in Lomita, Calif., for more than 40 years.

Barbara Katz is now president of HealthFocus International, a St. Petersburg, Fla.-based market research and consulting firm. Before joining the company in March 2006 as general manager, Katz was senior director of new products at Wyeth Nutrition.

Niman Ranch Inc., an Oakland, Calif.-based ranch and network of independent family farms, hired a new chief executive officer and three executives. Jeff Swain, previously president and CEO of B.C. Natural Foods, is now CEO at Niman Ranch. Eric Silvius is the new chief financial officer, coming from Meyer Natural Angus as chief operating officer. The new executive vice president of sales and marketing is Jeff Tripician from Creekstone Farms; John Tarpoff, who previously worked for Certified Angus Beef Brand and ran his own beef company, is now vice president of beef.

AIBMR Life Sciences Inc., a Puyallup, Wash.-based natural and medicinal products research institute, appointed John Endres as research associate, Beth Baldwin as clinical research scientist and Kathleen Gould as executive assistant. Drs. Endres and Baldwin will be part of AIMBR's natural and medicinal products division and assist with nutraceutical research, preclinical and clinical trials, toxicology studies and product development. The institute will also establish an office in Shanghai, China, and a European office based in Budapest, Hungary. Song Lui, Ph.D., was hired as vice president for Asian regional affairs and will oversee the Shanghai office, while Bara Istvan was promoted to vice president for European regional affairs and will head the Budapest office. Prior to joining AIBMR, Lui was the director of the program office of herbal medicine for the Taiwan Ministry of Economic Affairs. Istvan has been with the company for more than a decade and has coordinated and supervised a wide range of studies throughout Europe.

The Natural Products Association (formerly the NNFA) announced Debra Short, owner of House of Health in Shawnee, Okla., is its new president, succeeding David Taylor of Nature's Harvest Market and Deli in Tampa, Fla. Also at the NPA's annual convention and trade show, a ceremony was held to honor recipients of the Burton Kallman Scientific Award, the Rachel Carson Environmental Award and the President's Award. They were Alfred Sommer, Ph.D.; Carl Barnes; and Frank Murray, respectively.

Seattle-based Tully's Coffee has appointed John Buller as president and CEO. A board member since March 2005, Buller is replacing former president and chief operating officer John Dresel, who is leaving the company to pursue a business opportunity in the Seattle area.

InterHealth Nutraceuticals of Benicia, Calif., appointed Gary Shap sales manager for the Eastern and Midwest regions of the United States. He brings more than 15 years of experience in the supplements and food products industry and will lead his regions' sales and business development efforts. He has recently worked for Cognis Corp. and Cargill/Degussa Food Ingredients.

Natural ingredient raw material manufacturer Embria Health Sciences of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, appointed Mark Joyner as director of operations. Joyner's first venture will be overseeing construction of the new Embria headquarters in Ankeny, Iowa. He will also be responsible for procuring raw material for existing product, scheduling production, maintaining a quality management system, ensuring environmental regulatory compliance and supporting employee safety. Joyner was part of Embria's parent company, Diamond V Mills, for more than 30 years.

NSF International, based in Ann Arbor, Mich., appointed Ellen P. Holton national sales manager for corporate accounts. Most recently a sales and marketing director for Quality Assurance International, Holton will oversee marketing initiatives, implement corporate strategies and provide market and sales insight to NSF's retail programs.

James Buchanan is the new chairman and CEO of Zone Labs, a Massachusetts-based functional foods research and development company. Former CEO George Jochum retired in June.

Natural Foods Merchandiser volume XXVII/number 10/p. 143-44

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