This week: Rodale hires chief growth officer | Algaia, AIDP partner for distribution of marine ingredients

New product launches, certifications, hires and appointments, and other natural products company news this week.

Rodale Institute today announced that Jeff Tkach has been named chief growth officer, effective July 1. In this newly created role, Tkach will lead a comprehensive development program that includes marketing and communications in addition to fundraising initiatives. Prior to joining the Rodale Institute, Tkach served as managing director, vice president of Rodale’s Organic Life and Prevention at Rodale Inc. where he led efforts across print and digital advertising, sales and marketing functions, digital, live events and e-tailing components. Jeff also spent time as vice president of sales and marketing at Life Time Fitness and also served as group publisher at Active Interest Media from 2013-2015, overseeing Yoga Journal and Vegetarian Times. 

Kettle chip brand Boulder Canyon Authentic Foods continues to reimagine classic flavors using clean ingredients. Its latest is an updated take on the barbecue chip called Coconut Oil Mesquite Barbeque, which joins its existing line of coconut oil-cooked chips that includes Pineapple Habanero and Sea Salt.

Quantum Nutrition Labs' line of whole food, herb-based and once-living supplements are now available to retail outlets. "It has been our mission to become the industry leader in promoting the highest quality, stearate-free, quantum-state nutritional products”, says cofounder and CEO Dr. Linda Forbes, "and we look forward to this next phase of our business model."

For the third consecutive year, Firmenich received a Gold rating from EcoVadis, establishing the company among the top 1 percent of all suppliers assessed on their sustainability performance, as well as the leader in the fragrance and flavor industry.

Algaia and AIDP announce their entry into a distribution partnership to market Algaia’s alginates and other specialty marine-based solutions to customers in Canada, USA and Mexico.

Almond Pro is re-releasing its High Protein Almond flour with re-designed packaging. It contains twice the protein and 65 percent less fat that traditional almond flours through a pressurization method. 

Jarrow Formulas announced the release of MCT Oil softgels (180 count per bottle) that offer consumers a convenient on-the-go delivery method and provide 1000 mg of MCT oil per softgel. Jarrow Formulas MCT oil contains higher amounts of C8 and C10 with minimal lauric acid (C12) when compared to other conventional MCT oil products and standard coconut oil. 

The B2B platform Forager, designed to accelerate local food economies, announced that it has secured a new round of funding from Coastal Enterprises Inc. in Maine. Forager's new online and mobile procurement-to-payment platform aims to radically simplify the sourcing process, saving time and significant costs, and enabling grocers, food co-ops, farmers and producers to offer more local products to consumers. Paris, France-based Algaia specializes in a wide range of algae-based ingredients. The growing company boosted its product offerings at the beginning of this year through its acquisition of Cargill’s alginates business and manufacturing plant. 

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