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October 15, 2005 – HRH Prince Charles to visit Marin County organic farmers

    Marin Organic, the hosts of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales’ visit to organic farmers has retained Straus Communications to manage the anticipated media frenzy, expected to include every major television network, national and regional newspapers.

October 1, 2005 – Layla Azimi hired as Account Coordinator

    Layla brings valuable knowledge of the food and restaurant industry from her PR and marketing roles at the San Francisco Symphony and Ketchum. And, like the rest of us, her passion for food guides how she spends her spare time and change. Layla graduated with a B.A. in Journalism and Public Relations from the University of Kansas. On campus, she was a member of the Public Relations Student Society of America and the director of Jayhawk Communications, the university public relations firm.

May 1, 2005 – Alti Plano Gold retains Straus as Agency of Record

    San Francisco-based AltiPlano Gold, founded in 2002, fills a gap in the natural-foods market. Though there were plenty of organic products, few were taking advantage of the high nutritional value of quinoa and other heirloom grains. With more people buying foods for their health benefits, the time was right to launch AltiPlano Gold, a unique line of quinoa breakfast cereals.

April 1, 2005 – Bon Appétit Management Company retains Straus as Agency of Record

    Palo Alto-based Bon Appétit Management Company is the onsite restaurant pioneer of bringing sustainable foods into the mainstream. They operate more than 190 restaurants and cafés in corporations, universities, and specialty venues in 26 states, with clients include Yahoo!, the Getty Center and American University.

March 1, 2005 – Nathan Beers to Produce Beyond Organic Radio

    Nathan joins the team as Producer of Straus Communications’ Beyond Organic radio show and will also serve in the role of Account Coordinator. His expertise includes building interactive web newscasts, writing outdoor pieces, and public relations account support. He has worked in direct action timber protection with the USDI, and experiential environmental education for high school students and adults. Originally from Vermont, he graduated with a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

February 1, 2005 – Organic Bouquet retains Straus as Agency of Record

    Mill Valley-based Organic Bouquet has pioneered the organic flower market, working with growers around the world who are committed to the highest social and environmental standards. Their flowers are grown and harvested using practices that aim to improve the quality of farm working conditions, minimize damage to ecosystems, conserve biodiversity, and enhance environmental quality for future generations.

January 1, 2005 – Ruth’s Hemp Foods retains Straus as Agency of Record

    Toronto, Canada-based Ruth’s Hemp Foods, a pioneer of hemp food in North America, offers the most extensive line of hemp food available. Ruth’s uses the hemp seed as a signature ingredient to make innovative and nutritious products that are packed with essential fatty acids and rich in protein. Their products contain no GMOs, refined sugars, hydrogenated oils, artificial preservatives, fillers and colors.

November 1, 2004 – Haven Bourque hired as Vice President.

    Haven brings 16 years of experience directing marketing and communications programs, including Director of Marketing and Communications for TransFair USA, where she worked with Starbucks, Procter & Gamble, and Dunkin’ Donuts to drive consumer awareness of the Fair Trade Certified label to an all-time high. Previously, Haven held senior positions at the San Francisco Symphony and 3Com Corporation.

    Haven holds a B.A. in East Asian Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Kansai Gaikokugo Daigaku of Osaka, Japan, and is a member of the San Francisco Professional Food Society, SLOW Food, and the marketing committee of the Specialty Coffee Association of America.


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