NewsBriefs: April 2014

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Honolulu, HI-based Down to Earth Organic & Natural, launched an e-store (http://estore.downtoearth.org) from which the store will be selling over 100 items, including local Hawaii products. The site interfaces through Amazon.com.

BLW Enterprises of Sequim, WA, is now representing Waitaki Biosciences of Christchurch, New Zealand for its glandular in the United States.

Gold Mine Natural Food Company of San Diego, CA, is relocating to a newer, larger facility in Poway, CA, this month. The 19,173-ft2 facility will have a new R&D Test Kitchen with seating for up to 50 people for cooking classes and educational events. The new warehouse design will also quadruple its production area.

Cerberus Capital Management announced plans to buy grocery chain Safeway, Inc. for $9.4 billion and merge it with competitor Albertson’s. Combined, there would be approximately 2,400 stores and 250,000 employees. Forbes has reported that Kroger may also make a bid for Safeway.

Gaia Herbs of Brevard, NC, will donate funds to a multi-year field study by the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) Foundation for Education and Research on Botanicals. Researchers are investigating long-term sustainable rates of harvest for wild Osha, Ligusticum porteri.

Nutegrity of Irvine, CA, donated $20,000 to Vitamin Angels in support of fundraising events.

The Natural Health Research Institute is sponsoring a session on “Omega 3 Fatty Acids: Brain Health & Function” at the 105th American Oil Chemists Society Annual Meeting and Exposition from May 4 to 7, 2014 in San Antonio, TX. Speakers will cover the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids in maternal and child mental health and in adults with dementia. For registration information, contact doreenb@aocs.org.

Job listings from NaturalIndustryJobs.com are now available through the Natural Products Association job board at www.npainfo.org.

Marlboro, NJ-based Evergreen Synergies LLC merged the Sun & Earth and Earthworm brands of natural household cleaning products.

EO Products of San Rafael, CA, will now operate under its original name, Small World Trading Company.

Topical BioMedics, Inc., of Rhinebeck, NY, earned B Lab’s B Corp certification for “rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency.”

Published in WholeFoods Magazine, April 2014