PRN: Nutiva Named to Inc. 5000 Fastest-Growing Companies in America

Nutiva Named to Inc. 5000 Fastest-Growing Companies in America

World’s Leading Organic Superfoods Brand Ranked in List Four Years in a Row

[21-August-2012]
POINT RICHMOND, Calif., Aug. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Nutiva®, the world’s leading provider of organic coconut oil, hemp foods, and chia seeds, has been named one of the fastest-growing private companies in America by Inc. Magazine. Earning accolades in the Private Company Sector for the fourth year in a row, Nutiva ranks at No. 2377 as a result of rapid growth stemming from its uncompromising dedication to providing the highest quality organic superfoods and commitment to “Nourishing People and Planet.”

“This is the fourth consecutive year we’ve made the Inc. 5000 Fastest-Growing Company list, which is a great endorsement of the superfoods industry,” said Nutiva founder and CEO John W. Roulac. “Our customers are looking for nutrient-dense organic foods that enhance their health and fit into their busy lifestyles. Coconut, hemp, and chia have nourished people in this way for many centuries.”

A Surging Demand for Superfoods

A mainstream popularity spike for superfoods—most notably coconut, hemp, and chia—is ongoing due to publicity in the popular media by such proponents as Dr. Oz. Nutiva is riding this wave of demand, resulting in its average 55 percent annual growth rate since 2002. In the past year alone, the demand for Nutiva’s organic chia has increased five-fold and overall sales have doubled. More people than ever are discovering the rich nutritional benefits of superfoods that have been a source of human nourishment throughout history. Compare this to other discoveries being made about modern chemical-intensive GMO (genetically modified organism) corn and soy crops, which underpin unhealthy GMO vegetable oils and animal feedlots with their compromised meat and milk. Nutiva remains committed to maintaining the integrity of its ingredients while escalating its brand to beyond the one hundred million annual sales range. Organic integrity and support for family farmers is an essen tial part of Nutiva’s operational backbone.

Relocation and New Job Opportunities

This month Nutiva moved its headquarters from Oxnard, in Southern California, to Point Richmond in the San Francisco Bay Area. The new location—ten times larger than Nutiva’s previous home and complete with a state-of-the-art high-speed manufacturing facility—has brought with it more than fifty new job opportunities in 2012, and these added jobs may total a hundred in 2013. Nutiva’s recent job fair attracted more than a thousand potential employees, and seasoned executives, including professionals formerly with such top brands as Spectrum Naturals, Calistoga Water, and Real Goods Solar, have already joined the team.

Nutiva’s Pay-It-Forward Approach

Nutiva holds a “pay it forward” vision that includes donating 1 percent of its sales to groups promoting sustainable agriculture, as well as supporting the health and well-being of the communities in which it operates. This all happens within an overarching goal of revolutionizing the way the world eats. Nutiva has already partnered with the nonprofit group Common Vision to plant a fruit tree orchard at every one of the twenty-five public schools in Richmond. In the Philippines, Nutiva is giving away thirty-five thousand coconut seedlings to independent farmers. Each tree will, in five years, yield up to forty-eight coconuts a year and produce a few dozen jars of Nutiva Organic Coconut Oil. The Nutiva 1 percent program is on track to donate four hundred thousand dollars in 2012.

For more information, please visit: www.nutiva.com or follow the company on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/Nutiva.

About Nutiva®

Nutiva is dedicated to a healthy and sustainable world, demonstrating its mission to nourish people and planet by using delicious organic ingredients, enriching the soil, and donating 1 percent of sales to sustainable-agriculture groups. Founded in 1999, Nutiva is the world’s best-selling brand of nutritious organic hemp foods, extra-virgin coconut oil, and chia seeds. Fifteen thousand retailers in the United States, Canada, and the European Union offer Nutiva products, including Whole Foods, Sprouts, Vitamin Shoppe, GNC, Publix, Safeway, Loblaws, and Amazon.com.

About Inc. 5000

Each year Inc. Magazine ranks the five thousand fastest-growing privately held firms in the United States. This prestigious list of the nation’s most successful private companies has become a hallmark of entrepreneurial success and the place where future household names first make their mark. Oracle, Patagonia, E*Trade, American Apparel, Microsoft, and numerous other well-known brands are among those celebrated on this list.

Press Contact:
Marci Mollins / marci
Tory Carroll / tory
310-935-3885

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PRN: The Bold and the Beautiful TV App Now Available from adRise

The Bold and the Beautiful TV App Now Available from adRise

adRise releases the "The Bold and the Beautiful" TV app for Connected TVs, which showcases 75 of the series’ most memorable episodes. It is available on Roku set-top boxes and will arrive on other Connected TV devices in 2012

[21-August-2012]
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — adRise’s THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL TV app, which showcases 75 of the series’ most memorable episodes, is now available on Roku set-top boxes. Three collections of fan-favorite episodes are included in the app: “Most Shocking Moments”, “Catfights and Brawls”, and “Best of Ridge, Brooke and Taylor”.

Viewers can simply install the free TV app on their Connected TV devices, just like they would install an app on their iPhone or iPad. Once installed, they can watch each episode on their large screen TV for free with sponsored ads. adRise will deploy the app to all of the major Internet-connected TV devices such as TVs, Blu-ray players, set-top boxes, game consoles, and iPad and Android tablets later this year.

THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL hopes that having fan-favorite classic episodes of the series available as a TV app will rekindle interest among former viewers of the series and engage new viewers, ultimately driving additional audience to the current season on broadcast TV.

“Viewers have responded enthusiastically, saying they hope to see more,” said adRise executive, Thomas Ahn Hicks. “Our initial data indicates there is a passionate viewing audience for THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL. Viewers typically watch all of the episodes once they have viewed a few of them.”

Watch a screencast of the app: adRise’s Bold & Beautiful App

About adRise

adRise develops for free branded apps for all of the major Connected TV platforms and generates revenue from advertising and subscription revenue. We support Connected TV platforms such as Samsung, Roku, Western Digital, Xbox, PS3, Google and Yahoo TV, iPad, and Android tablets. Our ad SDKs power ad delivery, targeting and realtime analytics and are the standard that most of the advertising world uses to deliver interactive brand advertising to Connected TVs.

Brand advertisers access viewers by leveraging robust targeting and analytics never before available for TV audiences. Premium content owners monetize their apps by utilizing our real-time bidding exchange that guarantees the highest payment for each ad spot.

Contact adRise at info or http://adrise.com.

About The Bold and the Beautiful

For over two decades, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL has explored the entangled lives, passionate loves, high-stakes battles, loyalties, tragedies, and the inspiring triumphs of the Forrester, Logan and Spencer families. With romance, sensuality, complex characters, and intricate and compelling storylines, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL is, at its core, a gripping tale of high fashion glamour, honor and most importantly, family.

Press Contacts:

Eva Basler Demirjian
Director, Communications and Talent Relations
evad
(323) 575-3553

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PRN: Labcon Attends White House Business Council Forum on American Manufacturing Competitiveness

Labcon Attends White House Business Council Forum on American Manufacturing Competitiveness

Laboratory products manufacturer participates in White House forum on American manufacturing

[21-August-2012]
PETALUMA, Calif., Aug. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Labcon North America (www.labcon.com), the world’s leading manufacturer of Earth Friendly laboratory disposables, announced today that it was invited to attend a meeting of the White House Business Council held Wednesday, August 15th in Washington D.C.

This meeting of the White House Business Council was focused on manufacturing trends, strategy, and regional manufacturing partnerships and included a macroeconomic overview as related to U.S. competitiveness. Following the event the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute was announced as a unique new public-private partnership. Representing Labcon at this event was Jim Happ, President.

“It was an honor to be invited to the White House Business Council Forum on American Manufacturing Competitiveness,” said Happ. “With our high speed automation and 800 Kw solar system supplying the energy, it is rewarding to have Labcon recognized for our innovation and commitment in supplying the world with U.S. manufactured goods”.

About Labcon North America (www.labcon.com)

Labcon North America is the world’s leading producer of low carbon laboratory disposables and was the first to market compostable plastics for laboratories. Labcon’s focus on sustainable solutions for laboratories dates to 1994 with the first low carbon products. A UL-Certified ISO 9001:2008 company; Labcon North America is headquartered in the San Francisco Bay area.

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PRN: New Surgical Approach Allows for Outpatient Total Hip Replacement

New Surgical Approach Allows for Outpatient Total Hip Replacement

Muir Orthopaedic Specialists cut costs, recovery time in half

[21-August-2012]
WALNUT CREEK, Calif., Aug. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — A new surgical approach offered in California at a Contra Costa County medical practice now allows for total hip replacement on an outpatient basis, requiring only a 23 hour stay, cutting recovery time in half and potentially saving thousands of dollars per patient.

Until recently, total-hip-replacement patients had to tolerate hospital stays from three to ten days and a physical recovery up to six months, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).

In contrast, ten patients of Dr. Louay Toma of Muir Orthopaedic Specialists, based in Walnut Creek, have undergone a new surgical approach known as anterior total hip replacement and returned home the next day. The anterior, or front-side, surgical approach allows the hip replacement without cutting any muscle.

“I had surgery on a Tuesday and was back to work on Monday,” says James Murchison, 63, of San Leandro, who suffered for nearly five years before undergoing the procedure.

“Within two weeks I was doing everything I would normally do, but without pain.”

Traditional methods approach the hip from the posterior, or backside, cutting through extensive muscle. The average cost for a patient without health insurance can range from $60,000 to upwards of $100,000. A total hip replacement at a surgery center can cost as little as one-half as much.

“In a time when controlling healthcare costs is of paramount importance, a total hip replacement with only one night in the surgery center is considerable progress,” said Dr. Toma, one of only a handful of surgeons in California performing the procedure.

“With time, the anterior surgical procedure will replace traditional methods.”

Total hip replacements have doubled in the past 14 years, according to statistical data provided by the AAOS. Candidates for outpatient surgery must meet a number of health requirements.

Muir Orthopaedic Specialists:

A regionally-recognized orthopedic practice located in the Bay Area, Muir Orthopaedic Specialists is comprised of 24 experienced physicians and a team of expert staff. Using state-of-the-art techniques in orthopedic medicine, MOS restores mobility and comfort with musculoskeletal injuries, conditions, and care, treating the foot, ankle, knee, hip, spine, shoulder, elbow and hand. MOS facilities are located east of San Francisco in Walnut Creek, Brentwood, and San Ramon. www.muirortho.com

SOURCE Muir Orthopaedic Specialists

PRN: $3 Acquisition Fee for New Adult Clipper® Cards Takes Effect Sept. 1

$3 Acquisition Fee for New Adult Clipper® Cards Takes Effect Sept. 1

Fee Will Cover Costs, Encourage Long-Term Use

[20-August-2012]
OAKLAND, Calif., Aug. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Beginning September 1, 2012, new Adult Clipper cards will cost $3. As an incentive for customers to try automatically reloading their Clipper cards, Clipper will waive the $3 fee for customers who sign up for the Autoload feature when they order a card online at clippercard.com.

The new $3 fee is only for new Adult Clipper cards; Youth and Senior Clipper cards remain free, and the fee for a Regional Transit Connection Clipper card, for transit riders with qualifying disabilities, remains $3.

Clipper is the reloadable card that allows Bay Area transit riders to load cash value and monthly passes over the phone, online at clippercard.com and at a variety of retail locations, including most Bay Area Walgreens stores. Clipper is accepted on San Francisco Muni, BART, Golden Gate Transit and Ferry, Caltrain, SamTrans, AC Transit, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), Dumbarton Express, and San Francisco Bay Ferry (currently only on the South San Francisco/East Bay route).

Clipper cards have been free since the transit card program launched in June 2010. Clipper provided the cards free of charge over the past two years as an incentive for the hundreds of thousands of Bay Area transit riders to try the card. The incentive appears to have been successful, with more than 15 million trips taken using Clipper cards in July 2012. On an average weekday, transit riders take more than 600,000 trips using the card.

“We want to encourage people to keep their cards, reload them automatically and use them for a long time, rather than throwing them out and getting new ones,” said Carol Kuester, director of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s Electronic Payment section. “Charging a fee for the card also helps us be better stewards of public funds.”

Clipper offers convenience by keeping track of passes, discount tickets, ride books and cash value that customers load onto it, while automatically applying all applicable fares, discounts and transfer rules. Since Clipper cards can be registered for added security, customers whose cards are lost or stolen can have their card replaced and balance restored for a fee. Clipper customers with questions about their Clipper account can log in to their accounts at clippercard.com or call Clipper Customer Service at 877-878-8883 or TDD/TYY: 711 or 800-735-2929.

Clipper is a project of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), the transportation planning, financing and coordinating agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. A question-and-answer page about the $3 Clipper card acquisition fee may be found on the MTC Web site at .

SOURCE Metropolitan Transportation Commission

PRN: SmallBizRocket Gets California Small Business Online

SmallBizRocket Gets California Small Business Online

Jimdo & California SBDCs’ Initiative Puts Small Businesses on the Web

[20-August-2012]
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Jimdo, the DIY website creator, launches SmallBizRocket (www.smallbizrocket.com) in cooperation with Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) throughout California to get all of the state’s growing 3 million small and medium-sized businesses onto the web with their own site.

“Despite the increasing number of searches on the web for products, services, and local businesses, 62 percent1 of California’s small businesses still don’t have a website. SmallBizRocket is changing that by simplifying the process of obtaining a site,” says Dan Ripke, SBDC Regional Director.

Small business owners who sign up for the project will get a free year of JimdoPro, which includes a domain name, email account, online store, customizable templates, Jimdo’s award-winning website building tool, and premium support from Jimdo’s customer service team in San Francisco. Jimdo’s intuitive interface allows for the creation of websites and online stores without knowledge of code. Websites may be updated online from any computer, and all changes are in real time.

SmallBizRocket gives businesses the jump-start, support, and education they need to succeed on the web. As part of the initiative, select SBDC locations will be offering seminars, conferences, and consultations. Jimdo will host events and webinars focusing on how small businesses can successfully utilize web-based technology.

Sources
1 Google, 2012

About Jimdo

Jimdo–Pages to the People (www.jimdo.com) was founded in February 2007 by three young entrepreneurs – Christian Springub, Fridtjof Detzner, and Matthias Henze. Jimdo enables anyone – no technical knowledge required – to get a website online, complete with blog, photo galleries, video, online store, and social media integration. Funding from industry leaders like the Samwer brothers (CityDeal/Groupon, Facebook, LinkedIn), allowed Jimdo to scale quickly, and it is now available in 11 languages. In June 2012, the 6,000,000th Jimdo site went online. Follow us on Twitter @jimdo.

About SBDC

TheSmall Business Development Center (SBDC) Program is the leader in providing small business owners and entrepreneurs with the tools and guidance needed to become successful in today’s challenging economic climate. Local SBDCs provide comprehensive and expert guidance on issues such as start-up basics, financing, business and marketing plan development, procurement and government contracting.

SOURCE Jimdo

PRN: AppDynamics Positioned in the “Leaders” Quadrant of the Magic Quadrant for Application Performance Management

AppDynamics Positioned in the "Leaders" Quadrant of the Magic Quadrant for Application Performance Management

Evaluation Based on Completeness of Vision and Ability to Execute

[20-August-2012]
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — AppDynamics, a leading provider of Software-as-a-Service application performance management (APM) solutions, today announced it has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the “Leaders” quadrant of “Magic Quadrant for Application Performance Management” report published August 16, 2012. For a complimentary copy of the report, visit www.appdynamics.com/gartner.

“We’re pleased with Gartner’s placement of AppDynamics in the ‘Leaders’ quadrant for Application Performance Management,” said Jyoti Bansal, Founder & CEO of AppDynamics. “The needs of application performance management buyers have changed as applications have become more distributed, agile, and complex. I created AppDynamics specifically to empower Ops and Dev teams within these highly challenging environments, and we’re honored by Gartner’s recognition of both our industry vision and ability to execute. We see it as a testament of our ability to serve our rapidly growing customer base.”

AppDynamics stands at the forefront of a massive shift in how web applications are managed: modern applications are no longer monolithic in nature but are highly distributed and dynamic. As a result, traditional application performance management solutions have become ill-suited for the needs of today’s IT Operations and Development teams. AppDynamics’ ability to capitalize on this trend has led to tremendous market awareness and adoption of its solution—the company has already doubled its growth in the first half of 2012, and over 90,000 people have downloaded its free performance monitoring solution for Java/.NET apps.

The disruptive AppDynamics approach to application performance management includes:

  • A solution for managing high-volume production environments with less than 2% overhead
  • Complete visibility into distributed application environments through a focus on business transaction performance
  • Deep diagnostics that display code-level detail in only a few clicks when performance problems occur
  • Automatic discovery and dynamic mapping of application environments—strong fit for agile and cloud-based applications
  • Ability to allocate capacity on the fly during peak load times based on preconfigured thresholds

Disclaimer:
Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

About AppDynamics
AppDynamics is a leading provider of Software-as-Service (SaaS) and on-premise application performance management for modern application architectures in both the cloud and the data center. The company delivers solutions for highly distributed and agile environments, helping companies such as Priceline, TiVo, AMICA Insurance, Hotels.com, StubHub, DSW, Staples, Insight Technologies, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Cornell University monitor, troubleshoot, diagnose, and scale their production applications. Over 80,000 people have downloaded AppDynamics Lite, the company’s free troubleshooting solution for Java/.NET. Visit our blog or follow us on Twitter.

SOURCE AppDynamics