People News: May 2012

In March, David Mintz, CEO, chairman and founder of Tofutti Brands of Cranford, NJ, appeared on CNBC’s “Power Lunch” segment. Power Lunch features companies, people and trends that are market drivers and economy shapers. Specifically, this segment looked at hot start-up companies. The video is available at

Chehalis, WA-based Mt. Capra Products has a new president. Frank Stout, CEO, has passed the position of president on to his son, Joseph Stout, M.S. Previously, he was a clinical nutrition scientist at the company.

The American Herbal Products Association of Silver Spring, MD, welcomed four new members to its board of trustees. They are: Marc Allen of Herb Pharm; Richard Enticott of Martin Bauer Group; Lisa Spicka of Trout Lake Farms; and David Morrison of Vitamin Shoppe.

Luke Huber, N.D., joined Life Extension of Fort Lauderdale, FL as vice president of product innovation and scientific development.

Aker BioMarine Antarctic AS of Oslo, Norway added Arne Speybrouck as business director for European sales.

Jon Benninger of Virgo has joined the board of directors of the Natural Products Foundation, Washington, D.C.

Archer Daniels Midland Company of Decatur, IL has made several staff changes. Mark Kolkhorst is now president of ADM Milling and responsible for ADM Alliance Nutrition. Terry Myers is retiring as president of ADM Alliance Nutrition. Kris Lutt was named president of Golden Peanut Company. Jimmy Dorsett, Golden Peanut’s CEO, will soon retire from the company. Scott Walker is now president of ADM Cocoa.

La Terra Fina of Union City, CA has a new general manager and COO: Tim Ramsey.

In Memoriam
Industry members were saddened by the news of the passing of Charlie Fox, former sales advisor to Wakunaga of America Co., Ltd. and co-author of The Garlic Cure. A firm believer in the powers of aged garlic extract, Fox (a.k.a. “The Guru of Garlic”) was a frequent and energetic speaker at Wakunaga events such as its annual Natural Products Expo West Japanese dinners. Here, Fox was known to lap the ballroom floor at top speeds! In a statement from Wakunaga, the company stated, “We had the pleasure and honor of working with Charlie for many years, as he had been our longest-time employee. Charlie’s gifts of wisdom and life will remain with us always.”

Published in WholeFoods Magazine, May 2012