Sanmark Ltd., a Dalian, China, supplier of nutritional oils, received kosher certification from Star-K Kosher Certification for all its oil products.

Mahwah, N.J.-based ALSID Management Group formed a strategic alliance with Trion Advertising, a full-service advertising and public relations firm in Providence, R.I., that specializes in the food industry.

Blue Island, Ill.-based V-Net Beverage Inc. has changed its name to RushNet Inc. to reflect the company?s close relationship with the Rush brands.

Minneapolis-based Caribou Coffee Co., the nation?s second largest nonfranchised coffeehouse chain, plans to support sustainably produced coffee through a new partnership with the Rainforest Alliance. Caribou plans to purchase half of its coffee from Rainforest Alliance certified sources by 2008.

Omega Biotech Corp. of Victoria, British Columbia, signed a 10-year exclusive distribution agreement with Global Total Well-Being Co. Ltd. of Seoul, South Korea, for Omega?s consumer nutraceutical and cosmaceutical products.

Eco Lips Inc. recently added solar power to its Cedar Rapids, Iowa, manufacturing facility through Iowa Renewable Energy Association. Eco Lips demonstrated how to make their organic lip balm using 100 percent solar energy at the Frontier Natural Products HerbFest in Norway, Iowa, this August.

Minneapolis-based CoroWise was the title sponsor of The Healthy Foods Conference held Sept. 14 to 16 at Natural Products Expo East in Washington, D.C.

Generation Plus, a Phoenix-based supplements manufacturer, has launched Organic Cupboard, a certified organic, gourmet living foods line.

French plant extracts supplier Naturex has announced plans to buy Bedminster, N.J.-based Pure World, which produces plant extracts for the cosmetic, food, pharmaceutical and nutraceutical industries.

Brisbane, Australia-based BioLogic Health Solutions Pty. Ltd., a manufacturer of branded dietary ingredients, has received a large grant from the Queensland Minister for State Development and Innovation. The grant will enable the company to further research the effectiveness of its signature ingredient, UroLogic, through more clinical trials and safety testing in the United States.

Chemir Pharma Services has changed its name to Azopharma to reflect its growth as a contract pharmaceutical services provider.

The Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland, Ore., recently bestowed upon 19 students the first clinical doctoral degrees of acupuncture and Oriental medicine in the United States.

Irvine, Calif.-based Earthrise Nutritionals named Kismet Natural Foods Brokerage as its broker representatives for the Hawaiian market. Earthrise also introduced two new display concepts featuring consumer information.

Strauss-Elite, an Israeli food company, has purchased a 51 percent share of Blue & White Foods, which manufactures Sabra brand hummus and other Mediterranean dips and spreads. Astoria, N.Y.-based Sabra announced its To Go! products were included in the Welcome to Training Camp Snack Packs at the training camp for the New York Giants football team.

Torrington, Conn.-based B.I.N. Sales & Marketing was named one of the top 50 Best Small & Medium Companies to Work for in America at the Society for Human Resource Management?s 57th Annual Conference & Exposition in San Diego.

Fort Thomas, Ky.-based My Family Farm, manufacturer of natural and organic cookies and crackers, launched a new Web site at www.myfamilyfarm.org.

More than 200 natural food retailers attended NOW Foods? seventh annual open house in Bloomingdale, Ill., in August. Retailers participated in educational seminars, toured NOW?s GMP A-rated manufacturing facility, and met with NOW?s management and staff. The speaker program featured Carl Germano, R.D., author of GliSODin: The Anti-Aging Antioxidant Catalyst; Marcia Zimmerman, author of The 7-Color Cuisine: Eat Better, Look Better, Feel Better; Lorna Vanderhaeghe, author of Get A Grip On Arthritis With Celadrin; and Suzanne Shelton, president/owner of The Shelton Group who discussed public relations for retailers. Howard Schiffer, president of Vitamin Angel Alliance, a Santa Barbara, Calif.-based nonprofit organization that provides nutritional supplements to at-risk communities, presented NOW President Al Powers and Now Founder and Former President Elwood Richard the first Archangel Award for the supplement company?s support.

Innovative Consulting Solutions Inc. has upgraded the Canadian National Health Products section of its Web site with information on new NHP regulations.

Beginning with the October issue, Delicious Living magazine, published by Boulder, Colo.-based New Hope Natural Media, will be printed on 30 percent post-consumer recycled paper.

The 2006 Zagat Guide To New York City Gourmet Marketplaces awarded ?Best Tea? to ITO EN, a New York-based green tea company.

The Original Ceylon Tea Co. announced that United Natural Foods Inc. is carrying its Premium High Mountain Grown Tea.

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based The Stephan Co. announced its license agreement with Simply Organic Inc. for the rights to manufacture, market and distribute the Simply Organic line of personal care and wellness products.

Naturally ME Inc., makers of Natural Feast gluten-free pies, has signed four new distributors that will cover the eastern United States, serving customers from Maine to Florida.

Natural Foods Merchandiser volume XXVI/number 10/p. 54-56