Fifth Annual NoCo Hemp Expo Brings Together Hemp Industry in World’s Largest Hemp Products Trade Show

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Fifth Annual NoCo Hemp Expo Brings Together Hemp Industry in World’s Largest Hemp Products Trade Show

World’s largest gathering of industrial hemp producers takes place at the 5th Annual NoCo Hemp Expo, April 6 - 7, 2018, at the Ranch Events Complex in Loveland, CO; Call for speakers, sponsor, exhibitors is now live. 

Loveland, CO (December 13, 2017) -Tickets are now on sale for the 5th AnnualNoCo Hemp Expo, the largest two-day gathering of hemp thought leaders, speakers, producers, entrepreneurs, and exhibitors from around the globe. Taking place April 6-7, 2018, at the Ranch Events Complex in Loveland, CO, the event will showcase the latest products, innovations, research and advancements in the hemp industry world-wide.  

Recognized by the Hemp Industries Association as the “Hemp Event of the Year,” NoCo5 will offer two interactive expo halls featuring products from international brands, introduce a Farm and Agriculture Symposium to share the latest research, techniques and methodologies for industrial hemp production, and an expanded hemp investment summit for the 5,500 attendees projected this year - an increase from 4,700 in 2017. The trade show and conference is considered the most influential hemp-centric event in North America.

The $2 billion hemp industry worldwide continues to gain increased attention. This year’s NoCo5 will draw professionals across industrial, nutritional and therapeutic hemp industries and feature attendance by state and federal government representatives spearheading current legislative changes around the future of hemp in the U.S. bringing increased media spotlights and attention on the future of the industry. 

Bipartisan Support Grows for Industrial Hemp
With growing support across bipartisan lines, Congressman James Comer (R-KY)  Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Jared Polis (D-CO), and Thomas Massie (R-KY)  joined forces to reintroduce the Industrial Hemp Farming Act in the summer of 2017 calling for the complete removal of hemp from its current oversight and regulations of the Controlled Substances Act. 

“Hemp has boundless potential as a sustainable alternative to plastics and other environmentally harmful products,” said Polis. “It’s past time that we eliminate absurd barriers and allow hemp farmers to get to work, create jobs, and grow this promising and historically important crop.” 

Industry B2B Day Focuses on Entrepreneurship, Investment and Consumer Markets
On Friday, April 6, NoCo5 is hosting “Industry B2B Day,” open to trade visitors and those interested in the hemp products market. Programming will feature the 3rd annual Hemp Summit, an important gathering of hemp-focused investors, founders and professionals. In addition, Industry B2B Day attendees are invited to visit the exhibition halls, participate in interactive demonstrations, attend panels from over 75 industry experts and speakers, and learn the latest in new technologies, techniques, and applications.

New to NoCo5: Agricultural and Farm Symposium
For agricultural producers, a new, full-day NoCo5 Agricultural and Farm Symposium onSaturday, April 7, will highlight early learnings, recommended production practices and market opportunities from pilot programs in Colorado, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and other states and regions where commercial hemp crops are permitted and/or licensed to be grown. The symposium also will feature new equipment, recommended growing practices, and farming and agricultural exhibits. 

Consumer Day Features Global Hemp Village, Education and Two Expo halls
NoCo5’s two exhibition halls and educational seminars are open to the general public onSaturday, April 7, where attendees will sample and experience the latest usage of natural industry hemp products, and attend panels and speaking events on the latest in environmental impacts, nutrition, and growing health and wellness applications. In addition, the NoCo5 Global Hemp Village will showcase innovative products and ideas from international exhibitors, from super foods, supplements, textiles, paper, accessories, hemp beauty products, and plastic and building alternatives. 

“The cultural shift in the perceptions, demand, and applications for hemp in the U.S. and around the world are priming the hemp industries for growth, and NoCo5 is at the epicenter of the industrial hemp revolution” says president and NoCo Hemp Expo co-founder Morris Beegle. 

Tickets and Registration; Call for Speakers, Sponsors and Exhibitors
Tickets and registration are available for the General Public, Industry B2B Day (including the Hemp Business Summit), and the Agricultural and Farm Symposium athttp://nocohempexpo.com/ticket-sales/. For speaker, sponsor, exhibitor and volunteer inquiries, visit http://nocohempexpo.com/registration-noco5/.

About NoCo Hemp Expo
Now in its fifth year, NoCo Hemp Expo – NoCo5 – is produced by WAFBA LLC (We Are For Better Alternatives), based in Loveland, CO. Established in 2012, WAFBA is also founder ofTreeFreeHemp paper and printing services, and Colorado Hemp Company, “supporting all things hemp.” Areas of focus include product and brand development, marketing, printing, production, events and advocacy. Learn more at NocoHempExpo.com, and find us onFacebook and Twitter.

Modern Twist on an Old Classic: Betsy’s Best Transforms the ‘PB&J’ at the MetroCooking DC Show, Dec. 9-10

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A Modern Twist on an Old Classic: Betsy’s Best Transforms the ‘PB&J’ into a Healthy, Gourmet Treat at the MetroCooking DC Show, December 9-10

Registered Dietitian and food entrepreneur Betsy Opyt will present “The PB&J Gourmet Experience” at Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut & Seed Butters Booth #1139 at the Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show, Dec. 9-10, 2017, at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.

Naples, FL (Dec. 4, 2017) – The ultimate food lover’s weekend returns to the Washington, DC, Convention Center where Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut & Seed Butters founder and CEO, Betsy Opyt, will be sampling her sweet and salty spreads including Almond ButterCashew ButterSunflower Seed Butter and Peanut Butter with jellies and jams from World of Chiaand artisan sprouted grain Bread Crisps from Angelic Bakehouse.

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Dubbed “The PB&J Gourmet Experience,” the creative tasting experience presented by Betsy’s Best at the upcoming MetroCooking DC Show is an excellent example of healthy-foods-meets-gourmet-ingenuity during the two-day culinary extravaganza. Alongside cooking demos and book signings with top Celebrity Chefs, including Guy Fieri, host of the hit TV show Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, Betsy will showcase the versatility of her healthy and delicious gourmet products. 

Now in its 12th year, the MetroCooking DC Show has grown significantly in popularity over recent years and has emerged as a top national event for foodies. The event draws thousands of visitors and features hundreds of vendors. 

As a Registered and Licensed Dietitian and former Miss Indiana, Betsy Opyt has been touring the country sharing her passion for healthy, great-tasting spreads that make eating well a lot easier. Made with whole food ingredients and superfoods such as chia seeds and cardamom, Betsy’s Best Nut & Seed Butters have become a national hit because of their unique taste and texture that appeal to adults and kids alike. As an added bonus, Betsy’s products are also Non-GMO Project Verified, gluten free, and palm oil free. 

“We cannot wait to be amongst some of America’s top culinary minds at the Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show,” says Betsy Opyt, founder and CEO of Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut & Seed Butters. “To showcase our nut and seed butters in a truly innovative setting has motivated us to come up with some creative twists on a classic sandwich that everyone can enjoy - from the discerning foodie to the pickiest kid. Come explore healthy, gourmet food with us. You are going to love it!” she adds. 

About Betsy’s Best
Betsy's Best® was founded in 2012 by Betsy Opyt, former Miss Indiana and a Registered and Licensed Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator. Based in Naples, FL, the company blends its nut and seed butters with unique ingredients, flavors and superfoods to create products that are nutritious, delicious and different. Betsy's Best brands are the initial offerings of Healthy Concepts Food Company, LLC.

Betsy's Best Gourmet Almond Butter with Cinnamon & Chia Seeds was recognized in October 2016 as the first recipient of the ChefsBest Quality in Craft Award by an expert panel of Certified Master Tasters. Also, Betsy’s Best Gourmet Cashew Butter with Cardamom & Chia Seeds was recognized as a NEXTY Award Finalist at Natural Products Expo East in September 2017. For more than 60 hand crafted recipes and to learn more about Betsy’s Best, visit www.BetsysBest.com and connect on social media.

Where to Find Us
Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut & Seed Butters are available online at www.BetsysBest.com, on Amazon Prime, and in over 2,100 stores in 39 states, including Kroger, Wegmans, Whole Foods Market (Florida), Bristol Farms, Ingles Markets, Vons, Ralph’s, Lowe’s, City Market, King Soopers, Fred Meyer, Harris Teeter and others; and through distributors including UNFI, KeHE, Jake’s Finer Foods, Haddon House, Gourmet Merchants and others. For wholesale inquiries contact info@BetsysBest.com, tel 888.685.8292.

Visit Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut & Seed Butters, Booth #1139, at the Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show, Dec. 9-10, 2017, Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC. 

Contact
Steven Hoffman, steve@compassnaturalmarketing.com, tel 303.807.1042

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EnerHealth Launches Helix Herbs, a Professional Line of Herbal Hemp Formulas for Wellness Practitioners

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EnerHealth Launches Helix Herbs, a Professional Line of Herbal Hemp Formulas for Wellness Practitioners

Helix Herbs, EnerHealth’s new line of hemp extracts, are specially formulated and available exclusively to natural health and wellness practitioners throughout the U.S. 

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Longmont, CO (November 29, 2017) –EnerHealth Botanicals, Colorado-based manufacturer of natural and organic herbal supplements, has announced the launch of its new line, Helix Herbs, formulated for health professionals who practice holistic alternative and natural medicine methodologies. The line of full-spectrum, raw, whole plant extracts includes 1oz. pure hemp extracts available in four potencies, and four unique 2oz. hemp blends. Products are available through www.helixherbs.com.

EnerHealth, a longtime leader in artisan-quality herbal extracts and other products, developed the practitioner line in response to the rising demand for wellness products made from hemp and the growth in alternative medicine. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health in a March 2016 analysis, approximately 38% of adults and 12% of children use Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

The perceived therapeutic attributes of hemp extract rich in phyto-cannabinoid compounds have become extremely popular as people search for alternative ways to alleviate what ails them. According to market research compiled by Hemp Business Journal, the hemp industry is projected to grow to $1.8 billion in sales by 2020, led by hemp food, body care, and extract-based products.

“The goal with Helix Herbs is to assist people in their quest to find, achieve and maintain optimum health,” says Steve St. Clair, founder and CEO of EnerHealth. “People are increasingly turning to chiropractors, naturopaths, traditional herbalists, and other practitioners for natural healthcare options and we want to provide efficacious hemp extracts for the practitioner’s toolbox,” he adds. 

Hemp Extract Like No Other
The hemp used in EnerHealth’s extracts comes from farms that follow organic production practices. Using a specialized “spagyric” technique that utilizes only organic grape alcohol and pure water, the company uses this innovative extract technology and a low temperature technique to preserve the living constituents of the original raw hemp plant. EnerHealth's Whole Hemp Extract is considered to be the most effective and safest on the market today.

Helix Herbs products include the following Whole Hemp Extract formulas, available in 1oz. bottles in the following potencies, and the following Hemp-blended Formulas, available in 2oz bottles:

Whole Hemp Extracts -  Containing naturally occurring cannabinoids in a base of certified organic, gluten-free and non-GMO Grape alcohol and MCT coconut oil. Available in strengths of 250mg, 500mg, 1500mg and 3000mg. 

Pro-Immune Blend – Pro Immune is formulated with Whole Hemp Extract, which supports healthy inflammatory response and has antioxidant and nutritive properties; Chaga, an antioxidant and immune booster that provides lymphatic system support; Nettles Leaf, which supports healthy blood sugar levels and bone, cardio, and immune functions, and promotes healthy digestion; Elderberry, an immune booster and anti-oxidant that helps modulate body temperature; and Maitake, a mushroom traditionally used to provide immune support.

Mind and Memory Blend – Helix Herbs’ Mind and Memory Formula is made with Whole Hemp Extract, which supports healthy inflammatory response and has antioxidant, nutritive, and mood enhancement properties; Bacopa, an anti-oxidant which supports brain health, memory and healthy cardiovascular function; Turmeric, an anti-oxidant that supports healthy inflammatory response and balances brain function; Gotu Kola, which supports mood, promotes general energy levels and serves as a brain tonic and mild adaptogen; and Rhodiola, an adaptogen that helps balance serotonin levels for better mood, promotes healthy nerve growth, harmonizes the mind, and promotes healthy sleep patterns.

Homeostasis C Blend – Helix Herbs’ Homeostasis C is made with Whole Hemp Extract, which supports homeostasis and healthy inflammatory response and has antioxidant and nutritive properties; Red Clover, which promotes healthy blood function and healthy cell growth and has strong nutritive properties; Chapparal, which supports homeostasis; Dandelion Root, a gentle detoxifier; and Turkey Rhubarb, a gentle detoxifier that supports healthy digestive function.

Ache Away Spray – Ache Away is a topical spray made with Whole Hemp Extract, which supports healthy inflammatory response and has antioxidant and nutritive properties; Skullcap, which promotes healthy nerve growth; White Willow, which helps ease discomfort; Nettles, which helps relieve discomfort and supports nourishment via the skin; Lobelia, which eases muscle discomfort and promotes healthy blood flow; and Camphor/Menthol, which eases muscle tension and helps cool the skin.

For practitioner wholesale inquiries contact Helix Herbs via EnerHealth Botanicals, tel 866.762.9238. Visit www.helixherbs.com and contact sales@enerhealthbotanicals.com.

About Spagyric Medicine
Spagyric Medicine is an ancient alchemical process used to preserve and potenize medicine, dating back to ancient Greece. Spagyric formulations are prepared by reconstituting the cell salts (minerals) back into the herbal extract. EnerHealth uses this innovative extract technology and a low temperature technique to preserve the living constituents of the original raw hemp plant. Enerhealth’s spagyric herbal extracts were tested by third party HPLC gas chromatography analysis of potency in key constituents with results finding an increase of 10 times the normal values found in herbal tinctures.

About Enerhealth
Founded in 2005 by Steve St. Clair, the Colorado-based herbal manufacturing company offers hemp extract oils in tinctures for internal use, hemp–infused massage oils and spagyric hemp salves for topical external use, and hemp seed hearts to eat. Enerhealth also manufactures and sells an extensive variety of health and food products, including single herb extract oils, blended herbal formulations, herb-infused salves, a line of organic cocoa powder and organic coffee blended with medicinal mushrooms, products for cleanses and detox, portable water filters and bottles, and emergency preparedness items. Visit www.enerhealthbotanicals.com.

Contact
Steven Hoffman, Compass Natural Marketing, steve@compassnatural.com, 303.807.1042
Steve St. Clair, EnerHealth Botanicals, steve@enerfood.com, 303.702.0833

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Betsy’s Best Goes Prime Time for the Holidays

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Betsy’s Best Goes Prime Time for the Holidays

In time for the holidays, Betsy's Best® Gourmet Nut & Seed Butters are now available on Amazon Prime, plus shoppers will receive a bonus PDF Holiday Recipe Book featuring more than two dozen recipes crafted by Registered Dietitian, fitness trainer and former Miss Indiana Betsy Opyt, founder and CEO of Betsy’s Best.

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Naples, FL (November 16, 2017) — Betsy's Best® Gourmet Nut & Seed Butters is pleased to announce its better-for-you pantry essentials are now available on Amazon Prime. All of Betsy's Best’s nutritious and delicious, Non-GMO spreads – including Almond Butter, Cashew Butter, Peanut Butter and Sunflower Seed Butter – are now available as singles, two-packs and six-packs, eligible for free two-day shipping for Amazon Prime members.

By selling on Amazon Prime, Betsy's Best products become more visible and readily available online. Amazon Prime members enjoy a number of benefits including free two-day shipping on Amazon Prime approved products. Membership is growing rapidly, and Business Insider reports there are more than 80 million subscribers to Amazon Prime.

In addition to being approved for sale on Amazon Prime, Betsy’s Best Gourmet Cashew Butter with Cardamom & Chia Seeds has been singled out as “Amazon’s Choice.” Amazon's Choice “recommends highly rated, well priced products available to ship immediately,” the company says. Affective today at 4:00pm EDT through end of day November 30th, customers can save 30% off the Cashew Butter buy using code CASHEW30.

Made with superfoods and whole food ingredients such as chia seeds, organic honey and Himalayan pink salt to create award-winning spreads noted for their unique taste and texture that appeal to adults and kids alike, Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut & Seed Butters are Non-GMO Project Verified, gluten free, and palm oil free. Products available on Amazon Prime include Betsy’s Best Gourmet Almond Butter with Cinnamon & Chia SeedsCashew Butter with Cardamom & Chia SeedsSeed Butter with Sunflower & Chia Seeds, and Peanut Butter with Cinnamon & Chia Seeds.

"We continuously look for opportunities to enhance the reach of our brand to more customers who may not be able to find our products in a store near them," says Betsy Opyt, founder and CEO. "The launch of Betsy’s Best products on Amazon Prime will significantly expand its availability in the U.S.”

Holiday Recipe eBook
Amazon Prime customers also will receive a complementary downloadable PDF Holiday Recipe eBook featuring more than two dozen easy-to-prepare holiday recipes hand crafted by Betsy Opyt. In addition to founding Betsy’s Best, Betsy is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian, fitness trainer, avid cook and former Miss Indiana. “Our Holiday Recipe Book contains more than two dozen recipes that are high on taste and health when you are low on time,” Betsy says. “These are my own family-approved recipes that I use at home.” 

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About Betsy’s Best
Betsy's Best® was founded in 2012 by Betsy Opyt, former Miss Indiana and a Registered and Licensed Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator. Based in Naples, FL, the company blends its nut and seed butters with unique ingredients, flavors and superfoods to create products that are nutritious, delicious and different. Betsy's Best brands are the initial offerings of Healthy Concepts Food Company, LLC.

Betsy's Best Gourmet Almond Butter with Cinnamon & Chia Seeds was recognized in October 2016 as the first recipient of the ChefsBest Quality in Craft Award by an expert panel of Certified Master Tasters. Also, Betsy’s Best Gourmet Cashew Butter with Cardamom & Chia Seeds was recognized as a NEXTY Award Finalist at Natural Products Expo East in September 2017. For more than 60 hand crafted recipes and to learn more about Betsy’s Best, visit www.BetsysBest.com and connect on social media.

Where to Find Us
Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut & Seed Butters are available online at www.BetsysBest.com, on Amazon Prime, and in over 2,100 stores in 39 states, including Kroger, Wegmans, Whole Foods Market (Florida), Bristol Farms, Ingles Markets, Vons, Ralph’s, Lowe’s, City Market, King Soopers, Fred Meyer, Harris Teeter and others; and through distributors including UNFI, KeHE, Jake’s Finer Foods, Haddon House, Gourmet Merchants and others. For wholesale inquiries contact info@BetsysBest.com, tel 888.685.8292.

Contact
Steven Hoffman, Compass Natural, steve@compassnatural.com, tel 303.807.1042

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Cross-Country Road2Wellness Tour Reaches the Finish Line at Making Strides Walkathon, Oct. 15, in Jones Beach, New York

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Cross-Country Road2Wellness Tour Reaches the Finish Line at Making Strides Walkathon, Oct. 15, in Jones Beach, NY 

Raising awareness for cancer prevention and a cure, leading nutritional supplement maker Nature’s Answer CEO Frank D’Amelio, Jr., has led a team of riders on a 4,000-mile, cross- country motorcycle tour in partner with the American Cancer Society. The riders reach the finish line on October 15 at the start of the Making Strides Walkathon in Jones Beach, NY. 

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Hauppage, NY (October 11, 2017) – What does a coast-to-coast motorcycle tour and the American Cancer Society have in common? Both are hoping to raise awareness across America about cancer prevention, treatment and finding a cure during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. 

Led by Frank D’Amelio, Jr., CEO of New York-based Nature’s Answer, one of the nation’s oldest and largest family owned manufacturers of nutritional supplements, along with a group of colleagues, the riders on the Road2Wellness Tour are covering 4,000-miles from San Diego to New York to kick-start the nonprofit Nature’s Answer Foundation with a mission to help educate communities and raise funds for prevention, treatment and research to finding a cure for cancer – a disease that has affected nearly every family in America. 

During the 16-day road trip, which began September 30, the Road2Wellness Tour, held in partnership with the American Cancer Society, has included stops along the way to highlight the foundation’s support of health and wellness and cancer research organizations throughout the U.S., including the following organizations. The tour culminates October 15 at the starting line of the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walkathon in Jones Beach, NY. 

  • American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge – With 31 Hope Lodges across the U.S., the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge offers cancer patients and their families a free place to stay when their best hope for treatment may be in another city. The Nature’s Answer Foundation is proud to support Hope Lodge, and the Road2Wellness Tour included stops at Hope Lodge in Phoenix, AZ; Nashville, TN; and Hershey, PA.
     
  • Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory – Founded in 1890 in Cold Spring Harbor, and home to eight Nobel Laureates, the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is one of the world’s preeminent institutes specializing in cancer, molecular biology and genetics research.
     
  • Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walkathon – The Road2Wellness Tour riders reach the finish line at 7:00 am on the morning of Sunday, October 15, in Jones Beach, NY, where they will join 250 Nature’s Answer employees, family and friends at the starting line of the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walkathon.
  • Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine – Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Phoenix, AZ, is a premier university for naturopathic practitioners. SCNM is one of seven accredited naturopathic medical schools in North America.
     
  • St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – Families never receive a bill from St. Jude’s for treatment, travel, or lodging for life-threatening childhood illnesses. Most of the funding for this world-renowned children’s research hospital, based in Memphis, TN, comes from donors, with only 14% coming from insurance – a vastly different model from other hospitals, and one supported by the Nature’s Answer Foundation.

Social media coverage of the tour using #road2wellnesstour has featured frequent updates and live streaming on Facebook (Nature’s Answer); Twitter (@natures_answer); Instagram (naturesanswer and road2wellnesstour); and on the tour’s website, www.road2wellnesstour.com

Nature’s Answer will donate 10% of total product sales across all channels of distribution during the entire month of October to the Nature’s Answer Foundation, to be distributed to various charities to support cancer research. In addition, select Road2Wellness Tour gear is available online at www.road2wellnesstour.com, with the net proceeds from the sale of these items to be donated to qualifying charities, as well. 

For more information and a complete tour schedule, to see a list of our partners, and to make a tax-deductible donation, please visit www.road2wellnesstour.com. To schedule an interview with Nature’s Answer CEO Frank D’Amelio, Jr., contact Steven Hoffman, steve@compassnaturalmarketing.com, tel 303.807.1042. 

About Nature’s Answer
Founded in 1972 by Frank D’Amelio, Sr., along with his wife Josephine, Nature’s Answer® is one of the largest family owned and operated manufacturers of nutritional supplements in North America. Today, Nature's Answer continues to combine the best of traditional herbal remedies, vitamins and minerals with innovative scientific techniques and phytopharmaceutical manufacturing to deliver supplements of the finest quality and value for the entire family. Visit www.naturesanswer.com

About the Nature’s Answer Foundation
Established in 2017 as a tax-deductible, nonprofit 501c3 organization, the mission of the Nature’s Answer Foundation is to support scientific research to help find a cure for cancer and other leading diseases, promote preventive health education, and raise funds for these important causes. Please visit our website, Nature’s Answer Foundation

Contact
Steven Hoffman, tel 303.807.1042, steve@compassnaturalmarketing.com
Christine Berry, tel 631.840.3153, cberry@bio-botanica.com 

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The Road2Wellness Tour is Coming To Colorado

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The Road2Wellness Tour is Coming To Colorado

Supporting local organizations and raising awareness for cancer prevention and a cure, leading nutritional supplement maker Nature’s Answer CEO Frank D’Amelio, Jr., is leading a team of riders on a cross-country motorcycle tour in partnership with the American Cancer Society and to raise funds for cancer research, with stops in Colorado and Kansas.

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Boulder, CO (October 4, 2017) – What does a coast-to-coast motorcycle tour and the American Cancer Society have in common? Both are hoping to raise awareness across America about cancer prevention, treatment and finding a cure during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.

Led by Frank D’Amelio, Jr., CEO of Nature’s Answer, one of the nation’s oldest and largest family owned manufacturers of nutritional supplements, along with a group of colleagues, the riders on the Road2Wellness Tour are covering 4,000-miles from San Diego to New York to kick-start the nonprofit Nature’s Answer Foundation with a mission to help educate communities and raise funds for prevention, treatment and research to finding a cure for cancer – a disease that has affected nearly every family in America. 

During the 16-day road trip from September 30 to October 15, the Road2Wellness Tour, held in partnership with the American Cancer Society, includes stops along the way to highlight support of health and wellness and cancer research organizations throughout the U.S., including the following tour stops in Colorado and Kansas:

Alfalfa’s Market, Friday, October 6, 10:00 am (local time)
1651 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302

Independently owned natural foods grocer Alfalfa’s Market, with stores in Boulder and Louisville, CO, has long been a natural products industry pacesetter and pioneer, as well as a leader in the Colorado community. With a stop at the Boulder store, visitors can meet the Tour riders, learn about cancer prevention, and sample wellness products from Nature’s Answer.

Green Acres Market – Bradley Fair, Saturday, October 7, 11:30 am (local time)
8141 E 21st St N, Wichita, KS 67206

Green Acres Market is hosting lunch for the Road2Wellness Tour riders at its Bradley Fair store in Wichita, KS. Voted 2014 Retailer of the Year by Whole Foods Magazine, family owned Green Acres Market, with eight stores in Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma, is dedicated to creating more sustainable communities and helping customers on their journey to wellness.

Additionally, the Road2Wellness Tour will highlight:

  • American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge – With 31 Hope Lodges across the U.S., the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge offers cancer patients and their families a free place to stay when their best hope for treatment may be in another city. The Nature’s Answer Foundation is proud to support Hope Lodge, and the Road2Wellness Tour includes stops at Hope Lodge in Phoenix, AZ; Nashville, TN; and Hershey, PA.
     
  • Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine – Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine is one of the nation’s premier universities for naturopathic practitioners. SCNM is one of seven accredited naturopathic medical schools in North America.
     
  • Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory – Founded in 1890 and home to eight Nobel Prize winners, the nonprofit Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is one of the world’s preeminent institutes specializing in cancer, molecular biology and genetics research.
     
  • Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walkathon – The riders reach the finish line in Jones Beach, NY, on October 15 at the Making Strides Walkathon where they will join 250 Nature’s Answer employees, friends and family participating in the walk.

Social media coverage of the tour using #road2wellnesstour will feature frequent updates and live streaming on Facebook (Nature’s Answer); Twitter (@natures_answer); and Instagram (naturesanswer and road2wellnesstour).

Nature’s Answer will donate 10% of total product sales across all channels of distribution during the entire month of October to the Nature’s Answer Foundation, to be distributed to various charities to support cancer research. In addition, select Road2Wellness Tour gear is available online at www.road2wellnesstour.com, with the net proceeds from the sale of these items to be donated to qualifying charities, as well.

For more information and a complete tour schedule, to see a list of our partners, and to make a tax-deductible donation, please visit www.road2wellnesstour.com. To schedule an interview with Nature’s Answer CEO Frank D’Amelio, Jr., contact Steven Hoffman, 
steve@compassnaturalmarketing.com, tel 303.807.1042.

About Nature’s Answer
Founded in 1972 by Frank D’Amelio, Sr., along with his wife Josephine, Nature’s Answer® is one of the largest family owned and operated manufacturers of nutritional supplements in North America. Today, Nature's Answer continues to combine the best of traditional herbal remedies, vitamins and minerals with innovative scientific techniques and phytopharmaceutical manufacturing to deliver supplements of the finest quality and value for the entire family. Visit www.naturesanswer.com.

About the Nature’s Answer Foundation
Established in 2017 as a tax-deductible, nonprofit 501c3 organization, the mission of the Nature’s Answer Foundation is to support scientific research to help find a cure for cancer and other leading diseases, promote preventive health education, and raise funds for these important causes. Please visit our website, Nature’s Answer Foundation.

Contact
Steven Hoffman, tel 303.807.1042, steve@compassnaturalmarketing.com
Christine Berry, tel 631.840.3153, cberry@bio-botanica.com

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The Bikes Are Shipped, the Crew is Ready, and the Road2Wellness Tour is About to Begin

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The Bikes Are Shipped, the Crew is Ready, and the Road2Wellness Tour is About to Begin

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Hauppage, NY (September 26, 2017) –
The motorcycles have been blessed and shipped from New York to Los Angeles. The riders are ready to embark on a 4,000-mile, coast-to-coast journey. On September 30, the Road2Wellness Tour, with a mission to raise awareness of and funds for cancer prevention, treatment and research, is set to begin.

After receiving an official “blessing of the bikes” from Reverend Father Antony Asir of St. Thomas More Parish, the tour will be led by Frank D’Amelio, Jr., CEO of Nature’s Answer, one of America’s largest and oldest family owned manufacturers of nutritional supplements, along with a group of New York-based colleagues who will spread the word about cancer awareness during their 16-day road trip from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean by motorcycle.

The Road2Wellness Tour, held in partnership with the American Cancer Society and timed to coincide with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, will begin in Los Angeles and include stops along the way to highlight our support of the following organizations, including:

  • Hope Lodge – With locations throughout the U.S., the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge offers cancer patients and their families a free place to stay when their best hope for treatment may be in another city.
  • Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine – One of the nation’s premier universities for naturopathic practitioners, the tour will stop at SCNM in Phoenix.
  • Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory – Founded in 1890 and home to eight Nobel Prize winners, the nonprofit Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is one of the world’s preeminent institutes specializing in cancer, molecular biology and genetics research.
  • Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walkathon – The riders reach the finish line in Jones Beach, NY, on October 15 at the Making Strides Walkathon where they will join 250 Nature’s Answer employees, friends and family participating in the walk.

The Road2Wellness Tour also includes stops at key retailers in Southern California, Phoenix, Denver and Boulder, Wichita, KS, Memphis and Nashville, TN, and New York to raise awareness on a local level. Social media coverage of the tour using #road2wellnesstour will feature frequent updates and live streaming on Facebook (Nature’s Answer); Twitter (@natures_answer); and Instagram (naturesanswer and road2wellnesstour).

“We wanted to do some good and help people share their stories,” said D’Amelio, who has lost several family members to breast cancer. “I’m excited for the ride itself, and I’m honored to support Hope Lodge, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, and more. We’ve got a lot of work to do, and this first annual Road2Wellness Tour is just the beginning.”

Nature’s Answer will donate 10% of total product sales across all channels of distribution during the entire month of October to the Nature’s Answer Foundation, to be distributed to various charities to support cancer research. In addition, select Road2Wellness Tour gear is available online at www.road2wellnesstour.com, with the net proceeds from the sale of these items to be donated to qualifying charities, as well.

For more information and a complete tour schedule, to see a list of our partners, and to make a tax-deductible donation, please visit www.road2wellnesstour.com.

To schedule an interview with Nature’s Answer CEO Frank D’Amelio, Jr., contact Steven Hoffman, steve@compassnaturalmarketing.com, tel 303.807.1042.

About Nature’s Answer
Founded in 1972 by Frank D’Amelio, Sr., along with his wife Josephine, Nature’s Answer® is one of the largest family owned and operated manufacturers of nutritional supplements in North America. Today, Nature's Answer continues to combine the best of traditional herbal remedies, vitamins and minerals with innovative scientific techniques and phytopharmaceutical manufacturing to deliver supplements of the finest quality and value for the entire family. Visit www.naturesanswer.com.

About the Nature’s Answer Foundation
Established in 2017 as a tax-deductible, nonprofit 501c3 organization, the mission of the Nature’s Answer Foundation is to support scientific research to help find a cure for cancer and other leading diseases, promote preventive health education, and raise funds for these important causes. Please visit our website, Nature’s Answer Foundation.

Contact
Steven Hoffman, tel 303.807.1042, steve@compassnaturalmarketing.com
Christine Berry, tel 631.840.3153, cberry@bio-botanica.com

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Grab “Take Out with Ashley and Robyn”

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Matt Tilley, Ashley Koff RD LLC, tel. 323.350.5770, ashleykoffapproved3@gmail.com 

Grab “Take Out with Ashley and Robyn” the New Podcast Delivering Intimate and Inspiring Conversations with Today’s Food & Health Game Changers

“Take Out with Ashley and Robyn” answers the questions about our health that everyone is asking today – how did we get here, where are we going, and how can we make the necessary changes to ensure better food, better health for all who want it? 

Boulder, CO (March 8, 2016) - Take Out invites you to hear from thought leaders and discover their less well-known stories about how they became personally passionate about creating change in food and health, and what they are doing today. A sampling of guests include actresses Teri Hatcher and KaDee Strickland, retired Bears football player Patrick Mannelly, Olympic skier Steve Nyman, celebrity chef Michel Nischan, ABC 7 Lori Corbin, visionary leaders at Clif Bar, Thrive Market, Manitoba Harvest and more. Take Out also speaks with celebrity makeup artist Christy Coleman, as well as government officials, leading healthcare practitioners, chief marketers, global food company executives, digital health revolutionaries, financial analysts, investors and more.

For over a decade, Ashley Koff RD and Robyn O’Brien’s individual work, focusing on asking the tough questions to generate effective tools for change, has garnered them collective status as industry game changers, media go-to experts, and leading health influencers. No sooner did their paths cross, and the two were regularly in discussions for how to collaborate to increase the impact of their work. They found their sweet spot – a shared vision focusing on not letting perfect be the enemy of good, but rather, on delivering better choices for all. “Take Out with Ashley and Robyn” evolved from conversations they've had personally or together with game changers and a desire to share the power of these stories from which they’ve learned.

Robyn and Ashley believe passionately that everyone can and should have the same resources they have – those that have guided them and continue to guide them in their work and personal lives. The best part about the podcast “We get to keep learning along with our listeners – I learn every time a guest answers or Robyn shares her points of view,” shared Ashley. Robyn echoes with enthusiasm “we have the privilege of bringing the personal stories of how and why game changers today entered this movement, and sharing their advice and love with our listeners.”

Grab “Take Out with Ashley and Robyn” each week for new conversations, stories, laughs, and deep insight on how to be and enable the change we need to see in our food and health. 

About Ashley Koff RD

Ashley Koff RD is an award-winning dietitian, author, and speaker who created the Better Nutrition Simplified program – a virtual tool kit of resources to help everyone get better nutrition for better health. She lives in Washington DC with her dog, Rerun, plays the trumpet, is an obsessed basketball fan and love to fly fish www.AshleyKoffRD.com

About Robyn O'Brien

Robyn O’Brien is a financial analyst, bestselling author, strategic advisor and mother of four. Her well-recognized TEDx talk changed the conversation when she asked, “Are we allergic to food or what’s been done to it?” In the first part of her career in the food industry, she was part of an equity team that managed $20 billion in assets, and she covered the food industry. She lives in Boulder, Colorado with her husband and four children and loves to run www.robynobrien.com 

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Natural Products Visionaries Eric Schnell and Marci Zaroff Launch BeyondBrands

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BeyondBrands, 215.499.4173, namaste@beyondbrands.org

Steve Hoffman, Compass Natural, 303.807.1042, steve@compassnatural.com

Natural Products Visionaries Eric Schnell and Marci Zaroff Launch BeyondBrands: A Conscious Products Collective 

New brand-building agency modeled as an international collective will assist start-up and established brands with exceptional vision, experience, brand strategy and finance.

New York, NY (March 2, 2016) — Eric Schnell and Marci Zaroff, the husband-and-wife team and recognized leaders in natural food/beverage and fashion, respectively, together announce the launch of BeyondBrands to bring expertise, brand strategy and product creation and launch support to established and next-generation brands in the healthy living and sustainability marketplace.

Zaroff is Founder of pioneering Ecofashion lifestyle brands including Under the Canopy and MetaWear. She also is Producer of the documentary film series THREAD | Driving Fashion Forward, highlighting designers, models and brands driving sustainability in the fashion industry. Marci is co-Founder of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and Board Member of the Organic Trade Association, plus Chair of its Organic Fiber Council.

Schnell, Founder of MetaBrand and co-Founder of Steaz and I AM, has been active in the natural products industry for nearly two decades. Early in his career he served as an Executive at dietary supplements leader Country Life Vitamins and over the years he has nurtured and mentored many of the rising brands in natural beverages today, including Martha Stewart, Tia & Tamara and Runa Tea. 

Together, Marci and Eric are spearheading a mission to shift old paradigms and drive an "ECOrenaissance” through their unique and disruptive model at BeyondBrands, which is committed to a “Quintuple Bottom Line” – of 5 Ps; passion, purpose, people, planet, prosperity.

“With natural and organic product sales at an all time high, we know the agency we have co-created with what we call a “Collective” practice of industry experts, offers an important resource and platform for brands recognizing the need to reach the important naturally oriented and health-conscious consumer,” says Schnell. “The commitment with our co-founding members is unified and our outlook is positive as we share our deep passion and expertise with our partner brands.”

BeyondBrands - Bridging Disruptors & Innovators with Established Leadership

The BeyondBrands “Collective”, a team of over 50 senior-level professionals from all areas of the Natural Products and Non-Profit Industries, have joined in a collaboration dedicated to a unique model of executive-level client services. Taking a step beyond the traditional structure of Brand Accelerator, offering advisory roles found today in entrepreneur leadership, the BeyondBrands Collective works individually or on project teams, based on skill sets, and consults to co-create and champion natural, organic and more conscious brands.

“I am excited to join forces with Eric, as well as an extraordinary group of industry veterans and game-changers,” says Zaroff. “With proven track records, extensive experience and absolute authority in their respective categories, our SuperTribe at BeyondBrands is here to serve as guides in today’s ever-evolving world,” she adds. 

The 13 member co-Founding advisory team is comprised of seasoned Executives and natural channel leaders who share a rich history in taking natural brands to the next level:

Lee Brody – Multi Channel Marketing

Expertise: Brand Strategy, Marketing, Communications, Change Management

Brands: Airborne, ZonePerfect, Steaz, Marley Beverage, Heinz, Whitewave Foods.

Jon Lapham – Business Development

Expertise: Client Services, Business Development, Sales & Project Management
Brands: GNC, T-Mobile, I AM. 

Veronica Park –  Global Retail

Expertise: Retail Management, Operations, Finance, International Business.

Brands: Starbucks (24 years), Teavana, Bareburger.

Michael Lines – International Business

Expertise: International Business, Corporate Leadership, Operations, Business Planning,
Start up to $100m+ CPG, P&L Strategy.

Brands: Cadbury, Nabisco, FLOW Water.

Tony de Moraes – Branding & Design

Expertise: Branding, Design, Packaging, Advertising, Web, E-Commerce.

Brands: Steaz, FitPro, Plant Fusion, Element 18.

Lisa Leleu – Creative Strategy

Expertise: Creative Director, Brand strategist, Project Management & Ideation.

Brands: M&M Mars, Elmer’s, Kraft, ACME United.

Renee Loux – Sustainable Food Innovation

Expertise: Sustainable Food, food systems change, chef, restaurateur, journalist, TV personality, author of 4 books, educator, consultant, brand building, product development.

Brands: Exhale Spa, Andalou Naturals, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, Natural Gourmet Institute, Women’s health Magazine, Rodale Books, Gaia Herbs.

Autumn Bree-Fata – Global Change

Expertise: Global ‘change-maker’, forefront of global food movements, trends, product R&D. Integrative Health Coach, a connector, futuristic thinker. Successfully serving 10+ years as the First Lady of Manitoba Harvest, the global leading hemp food manufacturer. On the Exec Board Young President’s Org, Canadian Ambassador to Food for Life Global.

Crispin Argento – Sustainable & Eco Fashion

Expertise: Sustainable Fashion & Apparel strategist, Business Planning, Development, Product Design and Production; Branding, Marketing and Communications activation.

Doc Rob Streisfeld, NMD – Plant Nutrition & Cannabis Therapeutics

Expertise: Dr. of Naturopathy & Certified Natural Food Chef, has helped to identify and expand key health categories -  probiotics, enzymes, whey protein, fermented foods, whole food supplements & medicinal cannabis.

 Steven Hoffman – Public Relations & Communications

Expertise: Natural Channel PR & Marketing Communications, Sustainability Consulting, LOHAS Market Intelligence.

Brands: New Hope Natural Media, Arrowhead Mills, LOHAS Journal, Compass Natural

Ian Knowles – Investment & Funding

On a mission to invest in, develop and influence the next generation of best in class F&B and Sustainability opportunities. Ian is a partner at LB Equity, a middle market health & beauty private equity platform where he launched three brands, he is a co-founder and partner at Chelsea Ventures, a NYC based venture capital firm and is also a partner at The Lucas Group, a Bain Capital spinoff, private equity consulting and diligence firm.

Jeff Wasserman – Legal Strategy

Expertise: Dietary Supplement, Life Sciences and Cannabis industry expert, corporate law partner, entrepreneur and investor advising emerging growth companies on capital raising, strategic alliances, and exit transactions.
Additional experience includes licensing transactions in the entertainment industry, corporate counseling to private equity and venture capital funds, and public and private companies.

Others in the BeyondBrands Collective SuperTribe include: Ashley Koff RD, Michael Martin, Erin Schrode, Mirran Raphaely, Isaac Nichelson, Zhena Muzyka, Zak Zaidman, Yogi Cameron, Stephanie Bernstein, Greg Fleishman, Bob Sipper, Joyce Longfield, Josh Fouts, Lannie Moore, Brett Simon, Adomas Pranevicius, Mark Neveu, PhD, Jeremiah McElwee, Derek Mulhern, Amy Summers, Gary Tomchuck, Billy Lullo, Kenny Morrison, Jennifer Gilbert, Kenn Israel, Susan Leger-Ferraro, Samantha Thomas, Karen Ballou, Hudson Gaines-Ross, Lars Von Bennigsen, Janice Hall, Lauri Maerov, Terry Peterson, Sarah Jay, Holly Arnowitz, Lloyd Cambridge, Justin Tripodi, Alek Marfisi, and many more. 

BeyondBrands co-Founding members will be at Natural Products Expo West, March 9-13, 2016, at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA, to focus on the new venture and will be available on the trade show floor and at events throughout the convention including being a sponsor and judge of the annual entrepreneur Pitch-Slam and Natural Products Business School events. To schedule a meeting, contact Eric Schnell at 215.499.4173 orericschnell@beyondbrands.org.

About BeyondBrands

Assembled by MetaBrand and Steaz Founder Eric Schnell, and Under the Canopy and MetaWear Founder Marci Zaroff, a team of over 50 senior-level natural  lifestyle and eco-conscious experts is co-creating the future of full-service executive-level services and brand incubation and acceleration. This newly formed Conscious Products Collective, comprised of specialists from the most respected natural and organic food, beverage, fashion and beauty companies to the most recognized consumer brands in the world, passionately and collaboratively delivers results for partners and clients. For more info visitwww.beyondbrands.org.

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This is Nuts! KARMA’s NEXTY Nomination Backed by Nutrition Science

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Ganesh Nair, KARMA, tel 925.961.5491, ext. 509, ganesh@karmanuts.com

Steven Hoffman, Compass Natural, tel 303.807.1042, steve@compassnatural.com

This is Nuts! KARMA’s NEXTY Nomination Backed by Nutrition Science

Wrapped Cashews Are the Next Big Thing

NEXTY Award finalist KARMA® Nuts’ Wrapped® Cashews pack more healthfulness per bite, says new nutrition study. Among three finalists selected from over 500 nominees in the best snack/convenience category, KARMA® Nuts will introduce five new flavors and two new sizes to mark this year’s Natural Products Expo West.

Visit KARMA Nuts at booth #8709 at Natural Products Expo West, March 11-13, Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA.

Dublin, CA (March 2, 2016) – What goes around truly does come around, and that’s great news for KARMA® Nuts, which from the beginning committed to sourcing only the highest quality nuts for its cashew snack line. Now the company’s signature Wrapped® Cashew is being recognized as a nut above the rest for its amazing taste and nutritional benefits. The cashews were recently named a top-three finalist, selected among over 500 nominated in the snack/convenience category in the coveted NEXTY Awards for natural products.

It’s a Wrap

KARMA’s Wrapped® Cashews utilize an innovative, proprietary processing technique that makes the cashew’s skin crunchy and tasty. Fans are nuts for these cashews’ unparalleled rich “cashewy” flavor, plus double the fiber and more naturally occurring health-promoting antioxidants than regular (skinless) cashews.

Also, NIS Labs, a third-party testing facility that evaluates how natural products impact human physiology, recently documented the cellular antioxidant capacity of KARMA® Wrapped® Cashews, compared to other snack nuts.

“The testing to date shows that KARMA® Wrapped® Cashews provide a better cellular antioxidant protection than almonds, hazelnuts, regular cashews and pistachios,” says Gitte Jensen, Ph.D, author of the NIS Labs report. “This suggests that the antioxidants in the KARMA® Wrapped® Cashews are easily available to protect living cells from damaging free radical stress.”

NEXTY’s Nuts About KARMA®

The brand’s cutting edge processing method is now being recognized, having been selected as a finalist among 500 nominees for a NEXTY Award The official award of Natural Products Expo, the NEXTY recognizes innovation within the natural products industry and highlights brands poised for capturing mainstream attention. Of the thousands of companies that attend Natural Products Expo, only three are recognized as finalists in their respective categories.

“Cashews are the favorite snack nut choice of many consumers,” says Ganesh Nair, President of KARMA®. “Our Wrapped® Cashews make this favored nut even more nutritious and tasty by retaining their natural skins. We are very grateful that the New Hope NEXTY award judges provided us this honor to highlight this wholesome product to the health conscious visitors at Natural Products Expo West.”

Visit KARMA® Nuts in Booth 8709, at Natural Products Expo West taking place at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA on March 11-13, 2016.

More Sizes and Flavors

Now consumers will have more options for selecting just how many nuts to nosh. In addition to 10-oz jars, KARMA® introduces new 8-oz jars and easy on-the-go 1.5-oz snack packs. Currently available in Wrapped, Roasted and Raw Jumbo options, KARMA® also adds five new flavors to the line:

●      Lightly Salted Wrapped

●      Cinnamon Wrapped

●      Lime Twist Wrapped

●      Peri Peri Roasted (chili spice)

●      Crunchy Coconut Roasted

KARMA® products are distributed through KeHE,UNFI and Amazon, and the new products are expected be available for order this summer.

About KARMA®
KARMA’s line of nut products draws from over 80 years of experience in sourcing, processing and exporting cashews. From the beginning, the company determined that it should foster healthy and fulfilling lifestyle choices along with a “pay it forward” mentality both as part of their company culture and through their line of nut products. With this in mind, they created their company motto: Do Good. Eat Good. Feel Good®.

“At KARMA®, we believe that goodness comes full circle and we strive to put our heart into everything we do,” says Ganesh Nair, President of KARMA®. “This is why we’re committed to sourcing only the highest quality, best tasting cashews and we travel the world to do so.”

Visit KARMA® at Expo West

See KARMA® Nuts in Booth 8709, at Natural Products Expo West taking place at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA on March 11-13, 2016. For more information visit www.KARMAnuts.com  

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Zemas Madhouse Foods Introduces Ancient Whole Grain Cookies

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Jill Motew, Zemas Madhouse Foods, tel 847.910.4512, jill@zemasfoods.com 

Steven Hoffman, Compass Natural, tel 303.807.1042, steve@compassnatural.com

Zemas Madhouse Foods Introduces Ancient Whole Grain, Better for You Cookies at Natural Product Expo West

Award winning, free-from cookies are simple, delicious and ready-to-eat

Highland Park, IL (MARCH 1, 2016) – Known for its ancient whole grain baking mixes, Zemas Madhouse Foods’ delicious, better for you and “free from” cookies will be available for sampling at Natural Products Food Expo West. Made with ancient whole grains and available in four flavors (Chocolate Chip, Double Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal Cranberry and Peruvian Sweet Potato Spice), these crispy, crunchy cookies are “free from” gluten, dairy, rice, GMOs and the top eight allergens.

Just like Zemas baking mixes, Zemas bite-size cookies are clean, simple and packed with better for you ingredients like nutrient-rich ancient whole grains and a superseed trio of chia, hemp and flaxmeal. In fact, Zema's Sweet Potato Spice Cookies received Prevention magazine’s 2016 Cleanest Packaged Food Award. Each year, Prevention tests countless products, awarding only those that taste great, and meet the magazine’s strict criteria for healthy, clean ingredients. 

“Developing ready-to-eat cookies was a natural progression after our award-winning baking mixes,” Jill Motew, Founder and CEO of Zemas explains. “In terms of ready-to-eat snacks, my healthy cookies belong in every household pantry with their safe and better for you ingredients.” 

Stop by our booth #5780 at Natural Products Expo West to try Zemas new bite size, crunchy cookies, grab a sample mix pouch of Zemas award-winning Sweet Potato Pancake mix and get a free Zemas tote! Also Zemas will offer 25 percent off all orders placed at Expo West. 

Taste the Zemas Difference

Zemas cookies and baking mixes are Top 8 Allergen-Free, Non-GMO Project Verified, GFCO and Vegan certified, Kosher and made without refined sugar or rice flours. Zemas cookies and mixes are made of ancient whole grains (e.g., teff, millet, amaranth and quinoa) and a superseed trio (chia, hemp and flax) with built in Omega 3’s, fiber and protein.

“We are committed to providing consumers with the highest-quality cookies and baking mixes that are delicious, clean and entirely wholesome,” said Motew.

Zemas cookies will be available for $5.99 a box in March at www.zemasfoods.com

About Zemas Madhouse Foods

Zemas Madhouse Foods is dedicated to manufacturing gluten-free, ancient whole grain cookies and baking mixes that support a clean eating lifestyle through the use of minimally processed ingredients that can safely be a part of diets that are limited, allergy-free and for those looking for overall health and wellness. Zemas commits to being free of the top 8 allergens (dairy, soy, eggs, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, fish) as well as rice, sesame, yeast, sulfites, additives, trans fats, preservatives and refined sugar. Zemas Madhouse Foods cookies and baking mixes are available at select Whole Foods and specialty stores across the country, online retailers and at www.zemasfoods.com

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Colorado’s Evolving at the 5th Annual Evolve Expo

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Larry Cooper, Evolve Expo, tel 303.469.0306, lcooper@meetingsandevents.com 

Steven Hoffman, Compass Natural, tel 303.807.1042, steve@compassnatural.com

Colorado’s Evolving at the 5th Annual Evolve Expo

Consumer Exhibition Showcases the Best of Healthy and Sustainable Living in the Rocky Mountains

Evolve Expo, April 30 - May 1, 2016 

Keys to Positive Living Seminar – April 29, 2016

Denver, Colorado, National Western Complex, Hall of Education

Colorado’s premier healthy lifestyles event, Evolve Expo – a consumer show filled with new ideas and simple solutions for balanced, healthy, happy, and sustainable lifestyles – will be held April 30 - May 1, 2016, at the National Western Complex, Hall of Education in Denver, in conjunction with the one day Keys to Positive Living Seminar. Some featured speakers include Dr. James Rouse, Dr. Steven Farmer and Dr. Nita Desai.

Denver, CO (February 3, 2016) - Local, regional and national healthy lifestyle brands will have a unique opportunity to reach Coloradans at Evolve Expo, set for April 30 - May 1 at the National Western Complex, Hall of Education in Denver.  

Now in its 5th year, Evolve Expo will feature leading exhibitors and sponsors from the natural, organic and sustainable product industry. Plus keynote speaker Dr. James Rouse, award winning author and host of Optimal Wellness on Denver’s Channel 9 News. The event also will feature product sampling, hands-on cooking and gardening demonstrations, alternative healthcare, yoga, energy technologies, educational workshops, and fun activities to engage the kids. 

“The mission of Evolve Expo is to support the vibrant healthy lifestyles of the communities in the Rocky Mountain region and link consumers with emerging and established companies, services and brands,” says Larry Cooper, Evolve Expo co-founder and producer. “We are excited to create an experiential platform for positive living, with a focus on new ideas and simple solutions for balanced, healthy, happy, and sustainable lifestyles.”

The event, which is open to the public, will offer a plethora of resources and information through exhibits, demonstrations and activities covering six areas: Food and Nutrition, Gardening, Health and Wellness, Energy Technology and Sustainability, Positive Living, Business and Wealth.

Some Exhibitors at the 2016 Evolve Expo include Sprouts, Costco, Mary’s Chickens, Caveman Chefs, Vitamix, Well and Company, Purima, Satiama, Organo Gold Coffee, Clear Sky Medical, Global Wellness, Frangiosa Farms, LCA Project, For Heaven Sake and The Biomat Store. For more information on exhibiting at the show, visit here

Sponsors for the 2016 Evolve Expo include Natural Awakening Magazine, Sprouts, The Growhaus, Denver Yoga Festival, Mason Works, Sill – Terhar Motors and Westgate Community School. 

Explore, Learn and Discover at Evolve Expo

Kicking off Evolve Expo is Dr. James Rouse, award-winning author of 11 books including Colorado Fit Kitchen and Think, Eat, Move, Thrive: The Practice for an Awesome Life. A seasoned entrepreneur, Dr. Rouse has shared the stage in the past with such notables as Dr. Oz, Sir Richard Branson, and Shaquille O’Neil.

Additional speakers highlighting this year’s event include Dr. Steven Farmer, spiritual teacher and world renowned author of Healing Ancestral Karma, Earth Magic®, Animal Spirit Guides, Children’s Spirit Animal Stories and Sacred Ceremony; and Dr. Nita Desai, East/West Integrated Medicine and Salt Spa, Board-Certified Medical Doctor in Holistic Medicine and Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner. 

The show also will feature a gardening area that includes demonstrations on soil preparation, worms and composting, planting, building raised beds, hydroponics, aquaponics, permaculture, harvesting, bee keeping, and more.

Other activities include two live cooking demonstrations areas using all organic and non-GMO ingredients, plus health care experts and medical doctors will present talks on nutrition and health, relaxation and mindfulness, plus a live yoga demonstration area. A separate area is set up for the children to learn, explore and create. Additional topics include energy independence, new car technology, wealth and business, sustainability, and the environment.   

Show Details

Evolve Expo is open to the public. Ticket prices include free parking, entry to all educational sessions, keynote addresses, and entry into the exhibition hall. 

Exhibitor registration forms are available here

For information about exhibiting or sponsoring please contact Lyn Bacon,lyn@journeysforconsciousliving.com or Jillian Olson, jolson@meetingsandevents.com or Tryna Cooper, tryna@journeysforconsciousliving.com or call 303-469-0306.

Evolve Expo

National Western Complex, Hall of Education

4655 Humboldt St. Denver, CO 80216

Tel: 303-469-0306 

www.evolveexpos.com

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Expo Hours: Saturday (April 30): 10 am - 6 pm, Sunday (May 1): 10 am - 4 pm

Keys to Positive Living Seminar: Friday (April 29) – all day

About Evolve Expo

Evolve Expo, produced by Meetings and Events LLC and Journeys For Conscious Living, is an experiential platform for positive living, with a focus on new ideas and simple solutions for balanced, healthy, happy, and sustainable lifestyles. Evolve Expo offers opportunities to explore organic and healthy foods, gardening, health and wellness, sustainability and the environment, new energy technologies, wealth and business, mindfulness, and more. 

Visit www.evolveexpos.com for more information.

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Made in the USA: MetaWear Launches First Certified Organic “Farm to Print” Factory

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Marci Zaroff, MetaWear, 561.302.2010, marci@metawearorganic.com

Steven Hoffman, Compass Natural, 303.807.1042, steve@compassnatural.com

Made in the USA: MetaWear Launches First Certified Organic “Farm to Print” Factory

ECOfashion pioneer Marci Zaroff partners with inventor of Sea Ink to offer custom-printed organic & ethically made T-shirts for marketing, uniforms & promotional opportunities.

Virginia-based apparel manufacturer is the first and only Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified and Cradle to Cradle certified turnkey factory of its kind in the United States. 

Fairfax, VA (February 2, 2016) — “ECOfashion” pioneer and leading-edge designer Marci Zaroff, along with her MetaWear partner, savvy dye-master CAS Shiver, are now offering customized, cut, sewn, dyed and printed apparel and other promotional goods from fair trade, 100% certified organic cotton—using a GOTS certified state-of-the-art, formaldehyde-free, seaweed-based screen printing method.

With MetaWear’s unparalleled style and sustainability standards for organic textile production and “made in the USA” manufacturing, mission-driven and conscious companies can be proud to promote their business, brand or cause on custom-printed organic, fashion-right tees.

“For years, I’ve had so many companies and individuals in the natural, organic, environmental, and renewable energy worlds that have asked me to help them source or produce screen-printed organic T-shirts for marketing campaigns, events or trade shows like Expo West,” says Marci Zaroff, co-Founder of MetaWear. “Marrying environmental and social innovation with USA production, I can now offer a quick and easy solution to meeting requests from these companies with whom I share core values. MetaWear is capable of producing runs from 30 tees to tens of thousands.”

Reducing Fashion’s Environmental Footprint

The textile industry represents 10% of the global carbon impact. With over 90% of conventionally grown cotton now genetically modified, it accounts for up to 25 percent of the world’s most harmful insecticide use, with textile treatment and dyeing causing 20 percent of freshwater pollution, according to the non-profit, Textile Exchange (TE), who recently introduced its organic cotton website about the benefits of organic cotton.

“MetaWear is proud to be paving the way for today’s textile industry in the USA,” says Zaroff. “From farm to finished fashion, we give our customers a way to look good, feel good, and do good in the world, while providing authenticity, transparency and powerful storytelling to their end users.”

Why GOTS?

GOTS certification is the textile industry’s equivalent to the USDA organic standard for food. It covers growing, processing, manufacturing, packaging, labeling, trading and distribution. GOTS-certified textiles are produced without the use of toxic, synthetic pesticides, GMOs, formaldehyde, chlorine bleaches, heavy metals, synthetic dyes and other chemicals typically used in the production of conventional cotton textiles. 

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) has just launched the Organic Fiber Council to advance organic fiber as the next frontier in an organic lifestyle. Additionally, OTA and TE have now joined forces in an exciting collaboration to strengthen the organic textile industry’s national public policy influence and public relations.

In addition to being the nation’s first turnkey GOTS certified factory, MetaWear has also received Cradle to Cradle (C2C) silver certification. Inspired by William McDonough’s visionary and groundbreaking manifesto, Cradle to Cradle, Remaking the Way We Make Things, the C2C “Fashion Positive” certification is a platinum standard in the fashion and textile industry. The program guides manufacturers through a continual improvement process that focuses on five quality categories — material health, material reutilization, renewable energy/carbon management, water stewardship and social fairness.

Marci Zaroff, who coined the term and pioneered the market for “ECOfashion,” is founder of Under the Canopy and Executive Producer of the documentary “THREAD | Driving Fashion Forward.” As Director/Advisor on numerous boards including the Organic Trade Association, Textile Exchange, Fair Trade USA, Fashion Positive, and Teens Turning Green, Zaroff has been instrumental in driving authenticity, environmental leadership and social justice worldwide for more than two decades.

About MetaWear

With a commitment to ethical closed-loop production, certified organic fibers, renewable energy and creating American jobs, MetaWear is the nation’s foremost sustainable fashion manufacturer and turnkey solution for stylish “Made in the USA,” GOTS-certified, screen-printed and dyed T-shirts and other custom goods. To learn more about MetaWear and/or to inquire about placing orders, please visitwww.metawearorganic.com or email orders@metawearorganic.com.

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Dr. Mercola Headlines Dynamic Educational Program

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Len Monheit, William Reed, len.monheit@wrbm.com, tel 312.284.8580

Steven Hoffman, Compass Natural, steve@compassnatural.com, tel 303.807.1042

Dr. Mercola Headlines Dynamic Educational Program at Chicago’s Upcoming Healthy & Natural Show

Internationally renowned physician and New York Times Best Selling Author Dr. Joseph Mercola featured as keynote speaker at the Healthy & Natural Show, May 5-7, at Chicago’s Navy Pier. 

Chicago, IL (January 27, 2016) - Chicago’s inaugural The Healthy & Natural Show will kick off Thursday, May 5, with an educational program geared toward demystifying topics in the organic, natural and sustainable products marketplace. Seminars, keynotes and workshops include interpreting current science, understanding consumer confusion about product labels, creating product differentiation, and anticipating and understanding emerging needs and demands. The program will be presented over three days, May 5-7, with Friday and Saturday also featuring the trade show exhibition hall.

Headlining the educational program will be Dr. Joseph Mercola, D.O. - a wellness champion who is empowering tens of millions of subscribers to take control of their health. In 2009 he was voted the Ultimate Wellness Game Changer by the Huffington Post and has been featured in several national media outlets including Time magazine, LA Times, CNN, Fox News, ABC News, the Today Show, and The Dr. Oz Show. He is the author of three New York Times Bestselling books, The Great Bird Flu Hoax, The No-Grain Diet, and his latest book, Effortless Healing. He will share invaluable information for retailers and manufacturers serving the burgeoning healthy lifestyles consumer market. 

“We are excited to feature Dr. Mercola as part of a unique educational curriculum geared toward all retailers of natural, organic and nutritional products,” says Len Monheit, General Manager, North America, for William Reed Business Media, producer of the Healthy & Natural Show. “We’re in an age where consumers have just as much access to information as those retailers with whom they shop. We’re going to newly empower our retail community by providing them an intimate show experience that leverages new information and also gives them access to an exhibitor base filled with leaders and disrupters.”

Featured speakers at the Healthy & Natural Show include:

Dr. Joseph Mercola, D.O.. Founder, Mercola.com

Dr. Mercola is an internationally renowned physician and New York Times Best Selling Author and will be presenting on Why We Get Sick and How to Fix It. Dr. Mercola will include cutting edge information to improve health and longevity, discuss the pillars of health, what mitochondrial dysfunction and inflammation is and how it impacts all consumers.

Kora Lazarski, Business Development and Marketing Manager, SPINS

SPINS is a leading market research group covering natural and organic products. Lazarski will share insights using SPINS data to illuminate the powerful healthy lifestyles consumer movement, helping retailers and brands understand how to leverage this changing market.

Jennifer Amdur Spitz, Branding Consultant at Amdur Spitz & Associates

In addition to being a brand and marketing expert, Spitz is also the producer of the award-winning documentary Food Patriots.Jennifer influences consumer demand for fresh, local, organic and sustainable food through campaigns that reach audiences through live public events, media advocacy and education programs in schools, workplaces and communities. Her presentation will focus on How the Good Food Movement is Scaling Beyond the Fringe.

Registration for the event is currently available online at http://thehealthyandnaturalshow.com/.  

For information about exhibiting and sponsorship opportunities please contact:

Heather Howser, Heather.Howser@wrbm.com, tel 303.956.1331

About the Healthy & Natural Show

The Healthy & Natural Show is brought to you by William Reed Business Media, publisher of leading titles in food and drink retailing, manufacturing and distribution. As an international multi-media events company, William Reed is focused on helping customers achieve business success and the Healthy & Natural Products show will be a major part of that success. Welcoming more than 40,000 representatives to over 40 live events, conferences and exhibitions every year — on every continent — the international media company regularly engages with over 2.8 million food, drink, nutrition, restaurant and food service professionals.  

About William Reed Business Media

William Reed Business Media launched its first title, The Grocer, in 1862; and with unmatched expertise, the company is wholeheartedly focused on the future. Through aligning its mission with customers’ needs and requirements, William Reed supports the ever-changing dynamics of the sectors it serves – food, beverage, health, hospitality, retail, manufacturing and more. With high-value information and research, robust journalism, innovative events and revered awards, William Reed helps customers to compete and succeed within their markets.

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Good and Good For You: Bixby & Co.

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Kate McAleer, Bixby & Co., kate@bixbyco.com, tel 207.691.0648

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Good and Good For You: Bixby & Co.’s Organic, Nutty For You Craft Candy Snack Bar Wins 2016 Good Food Award™

Bixby & Co.’s Nutty for You bar wins prestigious Good Food Award™ proving that superior taste, environmental stewardship and supporting local communities go hand-in-hand in the natural candy market.

Rockland, ME (January 19, 2016) — Recognized for its dedication to handcrafted natural and organic craft candy snack bars, Bixby & Co. announces it is a recipient of the prestigious 2016 Good Food Award™ in the confections category. 

Bixby founder Kate McAleer accepted the award in San Francisco on January 15 for its Nutty for You organic craft candy snack bar. The awards ceremony featured 800 people including farmers, chefs, journalists, and activists united to honor exceptional food crafters, including such luminaries as Alice Waters, Nell Newman and Slow Food Founder Carlo Petrini.

The Good Food Awards, a collaboration between the nonprofit Seedling Projects and a broad community of food producers, food writers and passionate food lovers, celebrates companies and products that represent the forefront of American craft food. The organization requires that products not only taste delicious, but also are respectful of the environment, and connected to communities and cultural traditions. 

“We’ve always believed that great taste and socially responsible production should go hand-in-hand,” said Kate McAleer. “We’ve made responsibility, innovation and quality the centerpieces of our business, and we are happy for this recognition.”

Bixby Bars - Everything BUT Traditional

Unlike other chocolate bars, Bixby Bars are noted for their protein and fiber content,dedication to the highest quality ingredients and distinctive flavor profiles, such as Birdie (dark chocolate, sweet currant, hazelnut and Maine sea salt); Whippersnapper (blueberry, black pepper, dark chocolate and walnut); To the Nines (white chocolate, goji berry, cardamom, pistachio and almond); Nutty for You (dark chocolate, peanuts and Maine sea salt); and others. To view all of Bixby’s unique flavors, visit BixbyCo.com

Manufactured in a historic refurbished ice factory on the waterfront in scenic Rockland, Maine, the organic Nutty for You bar was singled out by the Good Food Awards for its superior taste, nutritional value and commitment to social responsibility. According to McAleer, the 1.5oz Nutty for You bar has five times as much protein (5g/serving) and four times as much fiber (3g/serving) as most standard candy bars. In addition to its organic certification, the Nutty for You bar also is certified Kosher, Non-GMO Verified, certified Gluten Free, and Rain Forest Alliance™ certified. All Bixby Bars are made without corn syrup, palm oil, artificial flavors, artificial colors, preservatives or additives. 

About Bixby

One hundred percent women-owned, Bixby & Co. was founded in 2011 by Kate McAleer in Rockland, Maine. Inspired by her mother’s battle with breast cancer, Kate developed a line of better-for-you craft candy snack bars for the natural candy market. With a degree from New York University and a certificate in pastry art and culinary management from Institute of Culinary Education, Kate also is the winner of the 2015 Maine Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Bixby & Co is a recipient of Whole Foods Market’s Local Vendor Loan program. Bixby Bars are available online and in Whole Foods Market, Sprouts, Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Raley’s, Giant, Stop & Shop, and other leading natural, organic and specialty food stores; and through distributors including UNFi and KeHe. For wholesale inquiries contact kate@bixbyco.com. Visit BixbyCo.com for more information.

Visit Bixby & Co. at Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, CA, March 10-13 in the NEXT Pavilion, Room 304, 3rd floor, Booth #9618.

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Local Producer Loan Enables Emmy’s Organics To Expand Vegan, Gluten Free and Non-GMO Product Line

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Samantha Abrams, Emmy’s, samantha@emmysorganics.com, tel 855.462.6697

Steven Hoffman, Compass Natural, steve@compassnatural.com, tel 303.807.1042  Whole Foods 

A Certified B Corporation, cereal and snack maker Emmy’s Organics receives Whole Foods Local Producer Loan and introduces a new raspberry flavor to its line of tasty vegan, gluten-free and non-GMO macaroons. 

Ithaca, NY (January 11, 2016) — Mission-driven manufacturer of vegan, gluten-free and non-GMO power snacks and cereals, Emmy’s Organics announces the launch of its new Raspberry Macaroon, the latest addition to its growing product lineup.

As a recent recipient of Whole Foods’ Local Producer Loan, a program that has provided over $25 million in low-interest loans to independent farmers and food artisans, Emmy’s Organics, based in Ithaca, NY, has expanded its product line and is introducing a new raspberry-flavored macaroon. Made with certified organic raspberry, coconut and vanilla, the new addition will be available in the Whole Foods Market Northeast region early this year, followed by a national roll out in the spring. The new macaroon is also available online

“Our customers have responded well to our macaroon line and the new Raspberry Macaroons are a welcome addition by delivering a burst of raspberry tartness highlighted by a subtly sweet, creamy coconut finish,” says Emmy’s Co-founder and owner Samantha Abrams. “We are thankful for the Whole Foods New York Local Loan Program for giving us the opportunity to expand our line,” she adds.

Available in both 2-oz. bags and 6-oz. gusseted pouches, the new flavor will join current varieties: Chai Spice, Lemon Ginger, Chocolate Chip, Mint Chip, and Dark Cacao. 

Forward Thinking, Forward Doing: B Corp Certified

Emmy’s Organics is passionate about its commitment to using business as a force for good. By becoming a certified B Corporation Emmy’s Organics has pledged to conduct business at higher standards for transparency, accountability and performance using the power of business to solve social and environmental issues. The company consciously works towards reducing its environmental impact by manufacturing in a solar and wind powered plant that produces minimal waste, using recycled packaging and using non-GMO, organic ingredients. The company also gives a portion of its sales to local charities and has creative benefits for its staff including health bonuses, paid time off, a monthly free lunch program, and financial transparency.  

“Our values are right in line with B Corp values. We wanted a way to demonstrate the amazing things that our company does that our customers don’t see. Being a B Corp shows our commitment to our organization and the impact we make,” says Abrams. “We feel that becoming a B Corp sets us apart from other companies in our industry and we are proud of that,” she says. 

About Emmy’s Organics

Emmy’s Organics is a family-oriented, Certified B Corporation based in Ithaca, NY. Launched in 2009 by Co-Founders Samantha Abrams and Ian Gaffney, Emmy’s produces a line of certified vegan, gluten-free and non-GMO macaroons, cereals and chocolate saucefrom premium raw ingredients in a wind- and solar-powered building. Emmy’s products are available nationally at leading and independent natural and organic retailers including Whole Foods Markets, Sprouts, HEB, Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Wegmans, Barnes & Noble College, Heinens and more. Emmy's Organics' products are also distributed internationally in Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom.

Visit emmysorganics.com to learn more. Connect on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram

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Announcing the Healthy & Natural Show 2016

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Steven Hoffman, Compass Natural, tel 303.807.1042 steve@compassnatural.com 

Announcing the Healthy & Natural Show: Where Emerging Brands and Hungry Retailers Meet

Healthy & Natural Show, May 5-7, 2016, Navy Pier, Chicago, Illinois

The inaugural “Healthy & Natural Show,” produced by William Reed Business Media in conjunction with FoodNavigator-USA and NutraIngredients-USA, will bring together retailers and product manufacturers who are disrupting the industry with new and innovative natural, organic and nutritional products.

Chicago, IL (December 10, 2015) — The Midwest has long been a hotbed for food development and innovation and a launchpad for leaders in the good-food movement. With hundreds of healthy product companies established in the region, the Healthy & Natural Show, and its accompanied educational programs, are designed to highlight local and national healthy brands across six distinct categories: food, beverage, supplements, pet products, household products and personal care. 

Set for May 5-7, 2016, at the Navy Pier Festival Hall in Chicago, the exhibition will provide a venue for small, local companies, as well as established national brands, to showcase products to all channels of retail including the “behind the core” target of retailers and consumers. 

Focusing on product accessibility in the under-represented Midwest region, companies making healthier product options will have a local platform to display products. Healthy brands are invited to showcase their innovative offerings made with clean ingredients, and address specialized needs and offerings that consumers today increasingly demand. 

“This is a unique educational approach,” states Len Monheit, General Manager, North America for William Reed. “We’re in an age where consumers have just as much access to information as those retailers with whom they shop. We’re going to newly empower our retail community, by giving them an intimate show experience to leverage this new knowledge and then give them access to an exhibitor base filled with leaders and disrupters.” 

Educational Opportunities Are Key to the Gathering

Interpreting current science, understanding consumer confusion about product labels, creating product differentiation, and anticipating and understanding emerging needs & demands will be a few of the topics covered in the educational seminars. The show opener will be an educational series to demystify topics such as non-GMO, probiotics, supplement labels and the highly debated topic of how to define ‘natural.’ 

The Healthy & Natural Show educational events and the intimate access to manufacturers will help retailers to resolve points of confusion while also identifying opportunities. The show provides a needed venue where independents and other retailers have direct contact with manufacturers' products and expertise in the ever changing landscape of Natural and Organic foods.

$48 Billion Market and Growing

Natural and Organic food is the fastest-growing sector of the American food marketplace. This inaugural gathering of Midwestern innovators, influencers and key decision makers creates an opportunity for retailers to better understand the high growth opportunities within the natural and organic sectors. The event recognizes that at the core of innovation and advancement for the industry lie in agile, future thinking companies, and nimble, smaller retail establishments.

“Most consumers are increasingly choosing healthier and more natural products. Our plan is to provide access to these products for more retailers, with supporting education about both the products themselves and the consumer drivers behind the movement,” stated Len Monheit. “Placing this event in Chicago is deliberate. The Midwest is rich with emerging brands and hungry retailers. And at Navy Pier, we’ll create an intimate environment allowing the newer brands to showcase, and front of class retailers to learn and then provide accessibility.”

Registration for the Healthy & Natural Show is currently available online atwww.TheHealthyAndNaturalShow.com

About the Healthy & Natural Show

The Healthy & Natural Show is brought to you by William Reed Business Media, publisher of leading titles in food and drink retailing, manufacturing and distribution. As an international multi-media events company, William Reed is focused on helping customers achieve business success and the Healthy & Natural Products show will be a major part of that success. Welcoming more than 40,000 representatives to over 40 live events, conferences and exhibitions every year — on every continent —  the international media company regularly engages with over 2.8 million food, drink, nutrition, restaurant and food service professionals.

About William Reed

William Reed Business Media launched its first title, The Grocer, in 1862; and with unmatched expertise, the company is wholeheartedly focused on the future. Through aligning its mission with customers’ needs and requirements, William Reed supports the ever-changing dynamics of the sectors it serves – food, beverage, health, hospitality, retail, manufacturing and more. With high-value information and research, robust journalism, innovative events and revered awards, William Reed helps customers to compete and succeed within their markets.

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Soil Not Oil Conference 2015

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Soil Not Oil Conference, Set for Bay Area, Sept. 4-5, Focuses on Regenerative "Carbon Farming" to Mitigate Climate Change

Friday-Saturday, Sept. 4-5, 2015, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Memorial Civic Center Complex, 403 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond, CA 94804

Note: Dr. Vandana Shiva keynote speech is on Friday, Sept. 4, 7:00 pm

International conference on agriculture and climate change, Soil Not Oil, Sept. 4-5, in Richmond, CA, features speakers Vandana Shiva, Fritjof Capra, Anna Lappé, former EPA senior scientist Ray Seidler, soil scientist Rattan Lal, agro-ecologist Miguel Altieri, environmental and land use attorney Claire Hope Cummings, and others.

Richmond, CA (July 29, 2015) — Getting to the root of global climate change, the 2015 Soil Not Oil International Conference will bring together farmers, ranchers, scientists, policy makers, NGOs and community leaders on Sept. 4-5, 2015, at the Memorial Civic Center Complex in Richmond, CA, to explore how sustainable, regenerative agriculture practices can help mitigate the planet's global warming.

Soil Not Oil speakers include, from left: Dr. Vandana Shiva, Fritjof Capra, Anna Lappé and Ronnie Cummins.

"The goal of the two-day conference is to provide practical information, research, and networking to help society create a more vibrant, healthy future via better farming practices. Along with reduced reliance on fossil fuels and increased availability of green energy, we need to shift to carbon farming to reverse climate change," said Miguel Robles, conference organizer and Director of the Biosafety Alliance.

Vandana Shiva Headlines Conference

Inspired by Dr. Vandana Shiva’s book, Soil Not Oil, the 2015 Soil Not Oil International Conference examines the crisis on food security while highlighting the role of oil-based agro-chemicals and fossil fuels in soil depletion and climate change. The conference will focus on practical carbon farming solutions including cover crops, planned grazing, compost application on range land, tree planting and other holistic land use practices.

The conference will feature a keynote address by Dr. Vandana Shiva on Friday, Sept. 4, 7:00 pm, along with presentations featuring noted soil scientist Rattan Lal; author Fritjof Capra; environmental and land use attorney Claire Hope Cummings; Earth Guardians director and youth leader Xiuhtezcatl Martinez; author Anna Lappé; agro-ecologist Miguel Altieri; Adelita San Vicente Tello, Ph.D., director of Seeds of Life; Regeneration International and Organic Consumers Association co-founder Ronnie Cummins; John Roulac, CEO and founder of Nutiva; and other international leaders, farmers, researchers, climate change experts, and environmental and food justice advocates.

“We are pleased to host this important gathering in the San Francisco Bay Area, the heart of the organic food industry," said Richmond-based John Roulac, founder and CEO of organic food leader Nutiva. "To secure a livable planet we need to both de-carbonize energy and re-carbonize our soils via regenerative agriculture.“

Carbon Farming Defined

Carbon farming (also known as regenerative agriculture) is an agricultural system that improves the rate at which CO2 is removed from the atmosphere and converted to plant material and/or organic matter in the soil. Today, mainstream industrial food and farming and unsustainable land use generate the majority of all greenhouse gas emissions, with carbon that is stripped from the soil ending up in our atmosphere and oceans, creating acidic conditions that threaten plant and animal species. In removing carbon from the atmosphere and oceans by implementing the practices of regenerative organic agriculture, we can sequester carbon into the soil and expand the soil’s water-holding capacity.

As a 2014 Rodale Institute report states, “Organically managed soils can convert carbon CO2 from a greenhouse gas into a food-producing asset.” In fact, says Rodale after conducting more than 30 years of ongoing field research, regenerative, organic farming practices and improved land management can move agriculture from one of today’s primary sources of global warming and carbon pollution to a potential carbon sink powerful enough to sequester 100% of the world’s current annual CO2 emissions.

Or, as the Wall Street Journal reported in May 2014, “Organic practices could counteract the world’s yearly carbon dioxide output while producing the same amount of food as conventional farming…”

About the Soil Not Oil Coalition

The conference organizer, Soil Not Oil Coalition, is a cross-sector, multi-ethnic alliance of over 60 organizations, scientists, farmers, businesses and individuals coordinated by the Biosafety Alliance to promote research and further understanding to optimize soil carbon sequestration and sustainability to aid in the development of adequate food production for future generations and to help reverse of the effects of global warming. We believe that restructuring land management practices is key to combating climate change, restoring water cycles, reducing global environmental pollution, stopping ocean acidification, re-establishing biodiversity, improving food production and revitalizing local economies across the planet. For more information, registration or volunteering opportunities visitwww.soilnotoilcoalition.org, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter

Soil Not Oil Conference Sponsors include Nutiva, Dr. Bronner’s, RSF Social Finance, Good Earth Natural Foods, Burroughs Family Farms, International Development Exchange, Organic Consumers Association, Regeneration International and Food Democracy Now.

To view this press release online, visit http://soilnotoilcoalition.org/soil-not-oil-international-conference-2015/.

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Natural Ingredient Manufacturer Teawolf Partners With Elnasr

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Anna Tomei, Teawolf, tel 973.575.4600, atomei@teawolf.com

Steven Hoffman, Compass Natural, tel 303.807.1042 steve@compassnatural.com

New trading partnership will allow U.S.-based Teawolf to gain access to premium quality Hibiscus for extraction and distribution throughout North America, and allow Teawolf to sell its other natural and botanical ingredients in new international markets.

Visit Teawolf at IFT15, the nation's leading food ingredients exposition, Booth #3723, McCormick Place South, Chicago, July 11-14, 2015.

Pine Brook, NJ (July 10, 2015) — Teawolf, a leading, state-of-the-art manufacturer of natural and functional ingredients for the food and beverage, flavor and nutritional products markets, today announced a new North American distribution partnership with Elnasr Industrial Trading Co. Ltd.  

Elnasr, with headquarters located in Egypt, is one of the world’s largest suppliers of natural food ingredients to manufacturers. The new partnership will allow Teawolf to expand its distribution and also its catalog of premium quality liquid botanical extracts, with a key focus on Hibiscus from Jamaica.

Under the direction of Mr. Abobaker Eltom, Elnasr has established long-standing partnerships in over a dozen countries. The new partnership with U.S.-based Teawolf will provide Elnasr a direct line into the U.S. and Canada markets through the Teawolf network of customers, agents and brokers. Elnasr will provide Teawolf with a vast and consistent supply of first-class Hibiscus raw materials, in addition to a complete line of instantized and agglomerated powders.  

"We are very pleased to announce our partnership with Mr. Abobaker and Elnasr, a strategic move that will provide both companies a unique competitive edge in the marketplace,” said Greg Robertson, Founder and Vice Chair of Teawolf. “In addition, Elnasr will enhance its natural products platform through the selling of our liquid botanical extracts, vanilla and tea offerings. These products will be introduced to hundreds of key customers across the global Elnasr International network, thus helping to open other international markets for Teawolf’s natural ingredient offerings,” Robertson said.

"We are excited to add Teawolf to our many worldwide and successful partners with the opportunity to sell our products to U.S. and Canadian customers. Our portfolio of products and ingredients have proven the test of time since we began our business in 1963,” said Abobaker Eltom, President of Elnasr Industrial Trading Co. Ltd. "The U.S. is our last frontier and there’s no better time to make this exciting announcement than at an event like IFT. This year will mark the beginning of a tremendous and enduring relationship that will be of great benefit to all of us and our valued customers."

Robertson and his executive management team will officially introduce the Elnasr team and their products to their many customers and associates at the upcoming annual IFT Meeting & Food Expo held in Chicago at McCormick Place (July 11-14, 2015).

About Teawolf

Teawolf, LLC is an ingredient manufacturing company servicing the food, beverage and nutritional industries. Founded in 2009, the company maintains their headquarters in Pine Brook, NJ. Teawolf focuses exclusively on extraction of a wide range of natural products including tea, vanilla, cocoa, coffee, guayusa and Hibiscus. For more information, visitwww.teawolf.com; or please contact Anna Tomei at 973.575.4600, atomei@teawolf.com.

Visit Teawolf at IFT15, the nation's leading food ingredients exposition, Booth #3723, McCormick Place South, Chicago, July 11-14, 2015.

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