News Briefs May 2011

The American Botanical Council gave New Chapter of Brattleboro, VT this year’s Varro E. Tyler Phytomedicinal Research Award.

Nature’s Plus of Melville, NY formed a partnership with OneBode and NBA MVP and All-Star Steve Nash. Nature’s Plus will be the exclusive retail distributor of OneBode’s performance supplements.

Jarrow Formulas, Inc., based in Los Angeles, CA, gave 1,000 bottles of its Jarro-Dophilus CDS probiotic to the AIDS Project Los Angeles Necessities of Life Program.

The Natural Products Association of Washington, D.C. announced that it has granted its 600th certification to personal and home products and ingredients under the NPA Natural Seal program.

Topical BioMedics, Inc. of Rhinebeck, NY was given a patent for its Topricin Pain Relief and Healing Cream as a topical treatment of neuropathy.

Delray Beach, FL-based Nutritional Products International will now distribute Biotropics Malaysia’s products in the United States. Biotropics has U.S. offices in Pittsburgh, PA.

Bioforce USA of Ghent, NY announced that its Echinaforce supplement recently won awards from three U.K. magazines. Health Food Business Magazine named it “Best Herbal Product,” CAM Lifestyle gave it the “Best VMS Product” award and Natural Lifestyle said it was “Highly Commended as Best Herbal Product.”

In late February, New York-NY based natural grocer Westerly’s suffered a small electrical fire. Smoke damage to the store and products has forced the store to renovate. Several industry companies, included Inkos, N.Y. Kale Chips and UNFI donated food and beverages to the construction crew. Westerly’s plans to reopen in mid-spring.

The Planet Dog Foundation of Portland, ME donated $1,000 to help the Portland Fire Department buy pet oxygen masks for its canine fleet and dogs and cats that need help surviving smoke inhalation.    

Nourish America of Ojai, CA is helping get food, water, first aid supplies and baby supplies to women and families in Libya. “This project is supported at the highest levels of government including the state department,” the group stated. The group is seeking shelf-stable food and supplements, body care, feminine hygiene products, first aid supplies, water, shelf stable milk and milk products, grains, baby food and formulas. Products will be sent to Libyan families through the U.S. military, which will ship donations to Cairo, Malta and then to secured ports in Libya.


Published in WholeFoods Magazine, May 2011 (online 3/21/11)