Nelsons of North Andover, MA, appointed John Tucker as president and CEO of Nelson Bach USA, Ltd.

Stefaan Van Dyck joined the food technologies division of Kemin Industries as regional president for the Europe, Middle East and African (EMEA) markets. Kemin’s EMEA headquarters are in Belgium.

The Organic Trade Association of Washington, D.C., announced that its new CEO and executive director is Laura Batcha, the group’s former executive vice president and interim co-executive director.

Chicago, IL, law firm Amin Talati promoted Abhishek K. Gurnani to partner.

Lundberg Family Farms of Richvale, CA, promoted Renee Thresher to vice president of manufacturing.

The Council for Responsible Nutrition of Washington, D.C., promoted Duffy MacKay to senior vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs. He recently spoke at the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee about why multivitamins and other dietary supplements help ensure adequate intake of essential micronutrients.

Pacific Nutritional, Inc., based in Vancouver, WA, appointed Tina Mori as vice president of sales and marketing.

Fern Ramsey is now the national sales director for the natural industry at Topical BioMedics, Inc., Rhinebeck, NY.

Icelandirect of New York, NY, expanded its U.S.-based sales team with the addition of Tara Trainor.

Brevard, NC-based Gaia Herbs appointed Wendy Warner, M.D., ABIHM, to its scientific advisory board. Warner is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and also in integrative holistic medicine.

B&D Nutritional Ingredients of Vista, CA, hired Scott D. Murray to be its new northeast regional sales manager.

Baldur Hjaltason, senior fellow and manager at Epax of Oslo, Norway, received the Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3 (GOED) Industry Leadership Award for his contributions to the omega-3 industry.

Blake’s All Natural Foods, based in Concord, NH, welcomed Michael Strange as vice president and director of operations and product development.

Minneapolis, MN-based Alchem International hired Mette Regoli as technical sales manager responsible for business development.

The American Herbal Products Association of Silver Spring, MD, elected nine new members to its board of trustees: Elan Sudberg of Alkemist Laboratories, P.K. Dave of Nature’s Formulary, Joel Berry of Trout Lake Farm, Cindy Angerhofer of Aveda, Daniel Gagnon of Herbs Etc., Steven Yeager of Mountain Rose Herbs, Wilson Lau of Nuherbs Co., Richard Kaufman of Paragon Laboratories and Rupa Das of BI Nutraceuticals. Officers of the board’s executive committee are Marc Allen of Herb Pharm (chair), Steven Dentali, Ph.D., of Herbalife International (vice chair), Steven Yeager of Mountain Rose Herbs (secretary) and Mitch Coven of Vitality Works (treasurer).


Horst Rechelbacher, founder of Aveda Corp., passed away in February from pancreatic cancer. He was 72. Rechelbacher launched Aveda in 1978 and sold the firm to Estée Lauder in 1997 for $300 million.

Published in WholeFoods Magazine, April 2014