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CEO Karlene Hunter to receive top natural foods industry award

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Kyle, S.D., March 8, 2010 - Karlene Hunter, CEO of Native American Natural Foods, has been named the 2010 recipient of the Cliff Adler "Heart in Business" Award, one of the natural foods industry's top honors. Hunter is the first Native American natural foods industry leader to receive the award in its 21-year history.

Established in 1989, the prestigious award, named for Mr. Adler, who was a vice president for Eden Foods, honors a member of the natural foods industry industry who embodies the qualities Mr. Adler was admired for: integrity, humor, problem-solving, hard work and heart.

"This is such an honor, and I am truly humbled," Hunter said. "Mr. Adler set such a high standard in the industry, and I consider it an award to our entire organization. We wouldn't be able to accomplish what we have these last three years if not for our hard-working team."

According to Mark Tilsen, Hunter's business partner and the president of the company, the Adler Award committee spent about 10 hours interviewing friends and industry colleagues without Hunter's knowledge.

"The committee members told us that it is very rare for a company as small as ours to be chosen for this award," he said. "That makes us doubly proud of this honor. Karlene sets an example for all of us every day."

The award ceremony will be Friday, March 12, in Anaheim, Calif., during Natural Products Expo West 2010, the premier trade show for the healthy products industry.

The Adler Award comes on the heels of another prestigious award for Native American Natural Foods in February. Backpacker magazine named Tanka Bar Hot and Spicy Pepper Blend an Editor's Choice product in recognition of its outstanding innovation.


Native American Natural Foods, which is based in Kyle, S.D., on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, provides a category of natural healthy products by adding value to traditional Native food products, using modern scientific methods, the least amount of processing, and the lowest-stress animal handling methods possible.

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