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September 01, 2012

News in Brief

News in Brief, September 2012

Herbalife Teams Up With Fitness Expert

Herbalife Ltd. announced that is has joined forces with fitness expert Samantha Clayton to provide expertise and insights on how to live an active, healthy life.

A native of Liverpool, England, Clayton competed for Birchfield Harriers in Birmingham for six years; her breakout year came in 2000 when she represented England in the 2000 Sydney Olympics in both the 200 meter race and the 4×100 meter relay.

After having triplets—and gaining 72 pounds—Clayton refocused on fitness and became a certified personal trainer and group exercise coach through American Fitness and Aerobics Association (AFAA) and International Sport Science Association (ISSA).

Clayton will help educate Herbalife independent distributors about the benefits of living an active, healthy life and write about general fitness topics for a company-sponsored blog.

Herbalife Ltd. is a global nutrition company that sells weight-management, nutritional, and personal-care products intended to support a healthy lifestyle. Herbalife products are sold in 83 countries through a network of 2.7 million independent distributors.

USANA Health Sciences Continues to Reduce its Carbon Footprint

USANA Health Sciences Inc., a global nutritional company, announced that it has completed its most recent xeriscaping project along the east side of international headquarters in Salt Lake City. To date, more than 89 percent of the company’s landscape has been replaced with rocks, mulch, trees and low-water plants.

In addition to xeriscaping its surrounding property, USANA has reduced the amount of energy it uses each year by switching to motion-sensor lights and energy-conserving light bulbs, offsetting 100 percent of the electricity used in its North America offices with renewable energy, collected from windmills and onsite solar panels, and it has reduced its use of paper by nearly 50 percent by switching to electronic paystubs.

USANA is an EPA WasteWise member, an EPA Green Power Partner, and is one of 235 organizations to become founding members of the Climate Registry. As a result of their efforts the company has reduced emissions by more than one-third and has earned the title of Clean Utah Partner.

Founded in 1992, USANA is a U.S.-based nutritional company that manufactures high-quality supplements and personal care, energy, and weight-management products that are sold directly to preferred customers and associates in 18 international markets.

ACN Sponsors Big Brothers/Big Sisters Event

ACN, the world’s largest direct seller of telecommunications and essential services for residential customers and businesses, joined forces with Big Brothers/Big Sisters (BBBS) for the 8th annual Big Day At The Lake event, provided for children who may have never had the opportunity to experience such a day. The event, filled with boating, swimming, and fun for children, took place on Lake Norman in Charlotte, N.C.

ACN was a top-tiered “Admiral Sponsor” at the BBBS event this year, and had seven employees who volunteered their services to the local mentoring program. Two employees personally brought their boats out on the lake to help the children enjoy their day.

ACN is involved in numerous worldwide and local charities, and supports BBBS in their other events throughout the year, such as Chip’n For Children Golf Tournament and the Bowl For Kids’ Sake.

Founded in 1993, ACN operates in 23 countries with offices located throughout North America, Europe, Asia and the Pacific.

LifeVantage Donates to Hunger Relief International

LifeVantage Corp., the maker of Protandim®, the Nrf2 Synergizer® patented dietary supplement, announced that, together with its independent distributors, it has donated funds through its LifeVantage Legacy to Hunger Relief International equivalent to approximately 200,000 meals, for the purpose of feeding orphans and underprivileged children in Haiti and Guatemala.

In addition to the meals provided for orphans and underprivileged children, through the LifeVantage donation, Hunger Relief International, a nonprofit organization headquartered in Oklahoma City, will also be able to provide vegetable gardens and training in cultivation and gardening for several orphanages, educational programs for children, training programs for adults as well as health care in poor rural areas of Guatemala.

Through LifeVantage Legacy, LifeVantage Corp. seeks to make a positive impact globally by partnering with respected service organizations during corporate events held each quarter. The company gives back and improves the quality of life of people around the world by raising funds and awareness of the organizations it serves.

LifeVantage was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in Salt Lake City.

Multipure Supports St. Jude’s Ranch for Children

This summer, Multipure’s Pure Foundation is bringing gifts of food, water and cheer to St. Jude’s Ranch for Children in Boulder City, Nev.

Multipure’s Pure Foundation and its PurelyKids organization recently hosted a day of service and fun for St. Jude’s Ranch for Children. Multipure volunteers brought and installed up to 30 Multipure Drinking Water Systems at the Boulder City St. Jude’s Ranch facilities as well as hosted an outdoor pizza party for the children, featuring food, filtered water and games. St. Jude’s Ranch is an organization that has cared for abused, abandoned and neglected children for more than 40 years.

The creation of Multipure’s Pure Foundation was announced during Multipure’s Pure Convention in February. The Pure Foundation offers field trips and visits to schools to provide education on drinking water issues and water filtration technology. The Pure Foundation also offers its PurelyKids program to reach and better educate young children on the benefits and importance of clean drinking water.

Founded in 1970 with headquarters in Las Vegas, Multipure is an industry leader in the manufacture and distribution of drinking water systems and compressed solid carbon block filters.

Longaberger to Return Manufacturing to U.S.

The Longaberger Co., maker of handcrafted baskets and known for its American craftsmanship for nearly 40 years, announced that it has begun the process of transitioning its full line to American-made products.

CEO and President Tami Longaberger made the announcement at the company’s recent annual national sales convention in Columbus, Ohio. A number of years ago Longaberger’s source of American-made pottery moved its manufacturing overseas, which led Longaberger to import pottery in order to meet its customers’ needs. She said she wanted to make this change to return the company to its fundamentals and help bring jobs back to America.

The company estimates that its transition to U.S. sourcing for the entire line will create at least 500 American jobs. The transition will take several years, and an internal team has already begun work on a plan for converting the product line to American-made, an effort the company has named Project Eagle. Longaberger has enough space at its basket-making campus to house a pottery-making operation, and partnerships with existing vendors may help speed the process.

A privately held company, the Longaberger Co.’s headquarters is located in Newark, Ohio, and its manufacturing campus is in Dresden, Ohio. Its independent salesforce is located throughout the United States.

Direct Sellers Among Top Household and Personal Care Companies

HAPPI (Household and Personal Products Industry) magazine has released its Top 50 list, an annual feature of U.S. companies ranked by revenue. The following direct selling companies made the list: No. 5 Avon, No. 7 Amway, No. 10 Mary Kay, No. 19 Nu Skin, No. 20 Blyth (parent of PartyLite Gifts and ViSalus), No. 22 Tupperware, No. 25 JAFRA, No. 27 Scentsy and No. 42 Herbalife.

HAPPI is published monthly throughout the year for people involved in the personal care, household, industrial and institutional fields. For 37 years, HAPPI has provided in-depth coverage of this $510 billion global personal-care and household product market.

Stella & Dot Moves to New Headquarters

Stella & Dot, a global fashion accessories brand and social selling company, has moved to a new corporate headquarters in San Bruno, Calif.

The company relocated into 27,080 square feet on Bayhill Drive, and was previously housed in 17,000 square feet on Cherry Street.

According to Kevin Waldman of Cassidy Turley, who represented Stella & Dot in the process, the company wished to stay in San Bruno.

Founded in 2004, Stella & Dot is a boutique-style jewelry and accessories company that offers custom designs exclusively through in-home trunk shows by independent stylists across North America and in the United Kingdom, as well as online.

Univera Relocates Headquarters

Univera, a direct seller of cell renewal-focused natural products, and its partner company Unigen, a research and development firm, have relocated their headquarters from Lacey, Wash. to Seattle.

More than 100 employees have moved into the companies’ new, four-story, 70,000-square-foot headquarters located on 1st Avenue in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood.

The two companies, owned by South Korea-based Econet Holdings, work together. Unigen creates compounds and Univera brings them to market, according to Univera President Randy Bancino.

Univera offers more than 50 plant-derived nutritional products, based on pharmaceutical standards, and brings those products to market through a relationship marketing model, with nearly 100,000 people across North America.

The new headquarters was purchased in 2010 and has undergone a multimillion-dollar renovation. The space was renovated with natural materials, like the companies’ natural health and wellness products, and includes an in-house gym.

Relìv International Announces Asia-Pacific Initiative

Relìv International Inc., a maker of supplements to promote and provide healthy energy, weight loss, anti-aging, athletic performance and optimal health, announced that its board of directors has authorized an initiative to restructure and further develop its business in the Asia-Pacific Region.

The board of directors has determined to establish a new entity for operations in the Asia-Pacific Region along with the new appointment of R. Scott Montgomery, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Relìv, to the position of President of the new entity. Montgomery will assume responsibility for management of current operations in the Asia-Pacific Region including Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Brunei.

Under his direction, management is developing and intends to implement a strategic plan for the region that includes management development, financing, product line development, new market entries and market development, both for existing operations and new market entries.

Relìv International Inc., based in Chesterfield, Mo., produces nutritional supplements that promote optimal nutrition along with premium skincare products. The company sells its products through an international network marketing system of more than 60,000 independent distributors in 15 countries.

ForeverGreen to Enter Russian Market

ForeverGreen Worldwide Corp., a provider of nutritional foods and other healthy products, announced that it has completed registration for its natural products in Russia and is now ramping up its business operations after more than a year of preparatory work. According to a recent USDA Foreign Agricultural Service Report, the Russian market for organic products grew nearly 20 times between 2002 and 2008 and continues to post double-digit growth rates.

With registration complete in Russia, ForeverGreen will also be able to easily register in Kazakhstan, where the certification process generally mirrors that of its former Eastern Bloc neighbor. ForeverGreen aims to establish a long-term presence in the country and has spent much of the past year laying the foundation.

Local offices and business centers are already in place to provide training, and full product launch is anticipated for the third quarter of this year.

ForeverGreen Worldwide Corp. develops, manufactures and distributes an expansive line of all-natural whole foods and products to North America, Australia, Europe, Asia and South America.

Vemma Announces Opening of Mexico Market

As part of the company’s ongoing global expansion goals, Vemma Nutrition Co. officially launched in Mexico in July with a new office opening in Mexico City. Vemma brand partners can now expand their businesses into Mexico, which is one of the top 10 direct selling markets in the world, according to the World Federation of Direct Selling Associations.

The Vemma products available for purchase and distribution in Mexico are the original superfruit Vemma formula and Verve Energy Drink, a lightly concentrated beverage.

Founded in 2004 by BK Boreyko, Vemma Nutrition Co. specializes in premium liquid nutrition. Vemma is headquartered in the United States and distributes its products through a global network of independent brand partners operating in more than 50 countries.