Carol Ortenberg

Carol Ortenberg

Editor, NOSH

Carol is the Editor of NOSH, BevNet’s media property focusing on Natural, Healthy, Sustainable and Organic food products. Carol previously worked and consulted for several consumer goods companies, many within the food space. She also was on the marketing team for Whole Foods Market in the North Atlantic region. Prior to focusing on the food industry, Carol worked at several tech companies, including HubSpot, and served as a consumer researcher at AMP Agency. A graduate of Brandeis University in Journalism, Cultural Anthropology and Theater Arts, Carol is passionate about the food, agriculture and beverage industries.

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FDA Sends Warning Letter to Whole Foods for “Repeated Recalls”

In an unprecedented step, the FDA on Tuesday announced via a news alert that it had sent a warning letter to Whole Foods Market for “engaging in a pattern” of receiving and selling misbranded store brand food products that did not carry appropriate allergen warnings.

HumanCo and CAVU Partner on Health and Wellness SPAC

Two CPG powerhouses are coming together to launch a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) targeting the health and wellness space. Today, holding company HumanCo alongside venture firm CAVU filed an S-1 form with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, with the end goal of launching a SPAC known as HumanCo Acquisition Corp.

Hamdallah Heads to Clif as First CIO

Hamdallah joins the company after serving as global chief innovation officer at Ocean Spray Cranberries, where he led R&D and the company’s incubation program, The Lighthouse.

After Raising $85M, NotCo launches Milk Alternative Before Turning to Food

NotMilk will debut in Whole and 2% Reduced Fat varieties, which will retail for $4.99 for a 64 oz. carton. Like NotCo’s other products, the milk was developed by matching the animal proteins found in traditional milk to their “ideal replacement” among “thousands” of plant-based ingredients.

SFA Cancels Winter Fancy Food Show

In an email today the Specialty Food Association announced the cancellation of the organization’s 2021 Winter Fancy Food Show, which was to be held in San Francisco on January 17-19. The annual trade show and conference highlights food and beverage producers targeting the specialty food channel.

Unovis Snags Speranza From 301 Inc.

Pete Speranza, former business development principal at 301 Inc, General Mills’ venture arm, left the company on August 14 and will join venture firm Unovis as an operating partner.

Siddhi Capital Closes Fund, Plans For SPAC

Last month Melissa Facchina, founder and CEO of outsourced operations firm Siddhi Ops, and the Finn Family, the backers of Martstar investments, announced the close of their first fund under the newly formed firm Siddhi Capital. Facchina will also partner with the father and son duo of Brian Finn (the former CEO of Credit Suisse USA) and Steven Finn to launch a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) as well.

SPAC Attack: Hollod to Run Tailwind, Advantage to Merge and Go Public

It’s the summer of special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs). Also known as blank check companies, SPACs have increasingly become appealing for the ability to quickly create category leaders and getting capital infusions into brands that need them. The past week has seen two such investment vehicles from industry experts.

Good Karma Announces Buyout of Majority Ownership from Dean Foods

As the assets of dairy conglomerate Dean Foods continued to be divided up following the company’s bankruptcy filing, plant-based dairy brand Good Karma announced today that it has repurchased the majority of the company once owned by Dean and also closed a “significant” amount of capital through new strategic partners.

Stevia Brand Fined for Using Chinese Prison Labor

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) announced yesterday that it had collected a $575,000 fine from stevia producer Pure Circle USA, a division of PureCircle Limited, for importing sweetener that was made by prison labor in China.