In the wake of the catastrophic Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda that hit the Philippines, Clif Bar of Emeryville, CA, sent truckloads of product to aid victims, says Nourish America, while Sabinsa Corp. of East Windsor, NJ, made a donation of $25,000 to the ABS CBN Foundation International disaster relief efforts. Vitamin Angels had visited the area just before the typhoon hit because it had also been struck by an earthquake. The group said it will return to aid the impoverished community in the future. In related news, Clif Bar sent 300,000 products to the Midwestern tornado victims.

Irvine, CA-based NeoCell announced that its NeoCell Beauty Bursts are now available in GNC stores.

Fairhaven Health of Bellingham, WA, acquired the BellyRest Pregnancy Pillow, a company that offers a special pillow for supporting a pregnant woman’s belly and lower back.

Herbalist & Alchemist of Washington, NJ, received kosher certification for most of its herbal products from OK Kosher.

Vitamin Angels launched its Give Childhood campaign on Giving Tuesday, with the hope of collecting donation during the 2013 holiday season to help undernourished children that need vitamins and minerals to survive, thrive and reach their full potential.

Bradley, IL-based Redd Remedies has bought Missouri-based Membrell LLC, makers of supplements for joint and bone health.

The American Botanical Council of Austin, TX, recently published its 100th issue of HerbalGram.

NOW Foods’ second U.S. manufacturing facility, which is located in Sparks, NV, has been GMP certified through the Natural Products Association’s NPA GMP certification program.This 165,000 ft2 manufacturing and distribution center has softgel-manufacturing capabilities and specialized analytical instruments for ensuring quality.

Published in WholeFoods Magazine, January 2014