White Egret Personal Care of Ogden, UT, announced its overall sales are up 25% since December 2013 when the firm redesigned its two- and four-pack candle packaging and introduced its all-in-one candling kit.

Probium, LLC of Wausau, WI, announced its five probiotic products are available through Frontier Co-Op and Nature’s Best Distributors.

NOW Foods of Bloomingdale, IL, held its annual retailer conference in May, with education, networking and product training. Nearly 200 health food retailers attended. In other news, the company was named one of the Best & Brightest Companies to Work For in the Chicago area by the National Association of Business Resources for the seventh consecutive year.

derma e of Simi Valley, CA, made a partnership with Vitamin Angels through which the company will donate $5,000 this year.

Frontier Co-op (formerly Frontier Natural Products Co-Op) of Norway, IA, will give $27,000 in scholarship funds to Archi’s Acres’ Veterans Sustainable Agriculture Training program via Camp Pendleton Armed Services YMCA.

Trace Minerals Research, based in Ogden, UT, announced SPINS data from April 2013–2014 show the company increased sales by 18% in the trace mineral category and 24% in the liquid magnesium category in U.S. natural products supermarkets and “maintained its number one position in both categories.” The company’s liquid products are up 18% from the previous year.

KeHE Distributors of Naperville, IL, is now the specialty and natural foods distributor to Safeway’s Texas Division (Randalls and Tom Thumb stores).

Washington, NJ-based Herbalist & Alchemist has been recertified kosher for most of its herbal products by OK Kosher.

NBTY of Ronkonkoma, NY, received a bronze award in The American Business Awards (also known as the Stevie Awards) for Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year. NBTY and its charitable foundation NBTY Helping Hands has several giving programs for monetary, in-kind and other product donations. “During the 2013 award period, NBTY donated more than $7 million in vitamins, nutrition bars, supplements and funding to more than 30 organizations that support families in need, veterans, children, victims of natural disasters, rescue and relief crews, and others. The company assists both domestic and international organizations,” according to a press statement.

Wiley’s Finest Wild Alaskan Fish Oil of Coshocton, OH, has received the International Fish Oil Standards (IFOS) 5 Star rating.

The annual Baby Maternity and Creative Child Awards from Creative Child Magazine went to three products from Fairhaven Health of Bellingham, WA. They are: Milkies Milk-Saver, Milkies Freeze and Milkies Nipple Nurture Balm.

Published in WholeFoods Magazine, August 2014