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    Tree of Life Becomes Largest Certified Organic Distributor in U.S.

    ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - Natural and specialty foods distributor Tree of Life Inc. announced it has achieved "certified organic" status under the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Organic Program for all of its operations in the United States. With this certification, Tree of Life becomes the nation's largest certified organic distributor.

    ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - Natural and specialty foods distributor Tree of Life Inc. announced it has achieved "certified organic" status under the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Organic Program for all of its operations in the United States. "Certified Organic" status means that products labeled organic have been verified by a USDA-accredited third party to meet strictly defined organic standards. With this certification, which was verified by Quality Assurance International, Inc. (QAI), Tree of Life becomes the nation's largest certified organic distributor.

    "The organic product category is one of the most rapidly growing segments of Tree of Life's business, and a significant percentage of our total sales currently comes from products that make an organic claim," said Rick Thorne, Tree of Life chairman and CEO. "Organic certification ensures our continued participation in this category, enhances our role as a leader in the organic products industry, and allows us to be an effective supply chain partner for our retail customers who wish to be organically certified themselves."

    Tree of Life Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Wessanen U.S.A. Inc., a subsidiary of Koninklijke Wessanen. The parent company, Wessanen NV, has more than two centuries of experience in the food industry.

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