BI Nutraceuticals, Long Beach, Calif., announced that its East Coast facility located in Islandia, N.Y., has received a Safe Quality Food (SQF) 2000 certificate from NSF International, Ann Arbor, Mich.

Lincoln, R.I.-based coffee, tea and botanical extract supplier Autocrat LLC updated its website,, to maximize usability and functionality and showcase its new brand identity.

David Michael & Co., Philadelphia, signed a distribution partnership with Cambrian Solutions, Oakville, Ontario.

Westchester, Ill.-based Ingredion Inc. announced that Health Canada approved its Nutraflora prebiotic fiber as a dietary fiber source in food products as permitted by the Food and Drug Regulations. This recent approval is a part of Health Canada’s revised “Fibre Policy for Labelling and Advertising of Dietary Fibre-Containing Food Products,” which was introduced in February 2012.

Evolva Holding SA, Reinach, Switzerland, entered into an agreement with Minneapolis-based Cargill to jointly develop and commercialize fermentation-derived steviol glycosides. Cargill will be responsible for commercialization and has agreed to make an approximately $5.3 million equity investment in Evolva. Additionally, Evolva stands to receive up to $7.5 million in milestone payments and has the right to a 45 percent participation in the final business. If Evolva decides not to exercise this option, it will receive royalty payments from global sales of the co-developed steviol glycoside product. These royalties will scale from mid single-digit to low double-digit percentages as a function of sales volume and other parameters.

The Organic Center, Washington, D.C., named Jessica Shade to its newly created position of director of science programs. In this new role, Shade will manage ongoing science programs and related communicated activities for the non-profit affiliate science center housed in its Washington, D.C., office.

Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM), Decatur, Ill., promoted Christopher M. Cuddy to the newly created role of president of sweeteners and starches in the company’s corn business unit. In his new role, Cuddy will manage all business development, sales, marketing and distribution activities for the company’s sweeteners and starches product portfolio, which encompasses a wide range of ingredients including corn syrups, sugar, sorbitol, dextrose and maltodextrin, as well as Fibersol.

Burcon NutraScience Corp., Vancouver, British Columbia, has received a notice of allowance from the United States Patent and Trademark Office for a patent application covering a process for the production of Clarisoy soy protein. Clarisoy is under license to ADM for worldwide production, distribution and sale.

Prosser, Wash.-based Döhler-Milne Aseptics, a joint venture founded by The Döhler Group and Milne Fruit Products, introduced a simplified brand image to its customers using a new name and logo, new marketing materials and a new website,

 Bioenergy Life Science, Ham Lake, Minn., hosted fitness and nutrition gurus JJ Virgin and Jonny Bowden at its booth during Natural Products Expo West, March 8-10 at the Anaheim Convention Center in California.