Orange, CA-basedMerical Inc., a leading developer, manufacturer and packager of probiotics and nutritional supplements has been acquired by Linden Capital Partners LLC, based in Chicago, IL.

Los Angeles, CA-basedAxiom Foodshas designated April 2017, the first Plant Protein Month. In honor of the new month, a “Plant Protein Fund” was created to benefit Vitamin Angels with Axiom Foods making the first $10,000 donation. “By the end of 2017, we expect #PlantProteinMonth will result in a significant donation to Vitamin Angels to help provide prenatal vitamins to pregnant and nursing women and life-saving vitamin A to children at risk of malnutrition,” said CEO David Janow.

National Coop Grocers (NCG)based in Iowa City, IA has two new member coops joining its ranks: Saint Paul, MN-based Hampden Park Coop and San Luis Obispo, CA-based SLO Natural Foods Coop. “Both co-ops have a rich history of supporting local food systems and serving the distinct needs of their surrounding communities,” said Robynn Shrader, CEO, NCG, in a press release. “We are excited to add them to the NCG family as full members in support of a thriving cooperative economy nationwide.”

Published in WholeFoods Magazine November 2016