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D & D Commodities Ltd. Earns OSHA’s “SHARP” Award For The First Time

For Immediate Release

On October 14, 2009, Dick Hebert, President, and all employees of D & D Commodities Ltd. located in Greeley, will receive their first SHARP award from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Washington, DC. OSHA’s Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program, or SHARP, is the Department of Labor’s premier national recognition program for small business safety excellence.

D & D Commodities Ltd. will receive three plaques during the award presentation. One plaque is from the Department of Labor, a second plaque from the Colorado State University Consultation Program, and a third plaque for the employees. The new Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor-OSHA, Jordan Barab, signed their SHARP certification followed by letters from Federal OSHA Region VIII, Denver, acknowledging their award and granting OSHA inspection exemption for the company until August 2010.

SHARP is difficult to earn and harder to keep as it requires on-site audits and documented, sustained safety performance well above OSHA compliance. There are approximately 1000 active SHARP companies in the entire country and just 45 in Colorado.

D & D Commodities Ltd. partnered with Colorado State University’s OSHA Consultation Project in 2005 in order to improve their safety and health program and continue to provide a safe workplace for its employees. OSHA’s Safety and Health Consultation program is a voluntary and cooperative service between OSHA and small business in all 50 states and territories. That relationship resulted in D & D Commodities Ltd. (Colorado) attaining its first national SHARP recognition.

As one of Greeley’s long-term businesses, D & D Commodities Ltd. is a leader in the small business sector of northern Colorado. Their success is attributable to management commitment and employee involvement. D & D Commodities Ltd. will be posted on the DOL/OSHA national website (www.osha.gov) under SHARP.

Wild Delight’s® New Less Mess® Line Earns Best Bird Food Honors

Wild Delight’s® new Less Mess® line of outdoor pet foods was recently honored by Pet Business magazine with a 2008 Industry Recognition Award for Best Bird Food. The four Less Mess® varieties (Less Mess® Cardinal Food, Less Mess® Songbird Food, Less Mess® Fruit N’ Berry and Less Mess® Gourmet) beat out a crowded field of national competitors in all bird food categories, including caged bird mixes. This is the second consecutive year Wild Delight® has been honored with an Industry Recognition Award for Best Bird Food, receiving 2007 honors for its premium, zero-waste outdoor pet food, Deck, Porch N’ Patio®.

Wild Delight’s® Less Mess® blends are filled with wholesome ingredients – including real fruit and nuts – that the most desirable outdoor pets love. Best of all, they are made without sunflower shells so there’s less leftover debris. Finally, Less Mess products are formulated to help prevent weed growth under feeders. These mixes are an ideal choice for anyone who wishes to feed outdoor pets without the mess.

“We couldn’t be happier to accept this award for our Wild Delight® Less Mess® line,” says Mike Wulf, national sales manager at D & D Commodities Ltd. “Research shows that consumers are concerned about outdoor pet foods leaving a mess under their feeders. This line specifically addresses our consumers’ demands and puts those concerns to rest. Now people can feed the birds they enjoy so much and maintain a tidy yard at the same time.”

D & D Commodities Ltd. Receives Commendation From The Minnesota Department Of Employment And Economic Development

D & D Commodities Ltd. of Stephen, Minnesota has been awarded a Certificate of Commendation from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, signed by Governor Pawlenty. This Commendation is in recognition of D & D Commodities Ltd.’s outstanding contributions to the Minnesota economy, and their commitment to making Minnesota a better place to live and work. The company was formally recognized at the Annual Manufacturing Breakfast on October 26, 2006 in Thief River Falls, which is held each year to honor manufacturing and technology businesses in Minnesota.

D & D Commodities Ltd. produces and sells outdoor pet food as well as food and treats for caged birds and small animals. These products are available across the United States. D & D Commodities Ltd.’s brands include Wild Delight®, L’Avian Plus and 3-D® Pet Products.

D & D Commodities Ltd. Receives MNSHARP Re-certification From The Minnesota Department Of Labor And Industry

D & D Commodities Ltd. of Stephen, Minnesota has been re-certified to participate in Minnesota OSHA’s Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program. This certification is an acknowledgement of D & D Commodities Ltd.’s outstanding safety record. The company will be formally recognized at the Governor’s Safety Award Luncheon, to be held during the Minnesota Safety and Health Conference in the spring of 2007.

D & D Commodities Ltd. produces and sells outdoor pet food, as well as food and treats for caged birds and small animals. These products are available across the United States. D & D Commodities Ltd.’s brands include Wild Delight®, L’Avian Plus and 3-D® Pet Products.

WBFI Quality Standards Recognition

WBFILogo06Recently, the Wild Bird Feeding Industry (WBFI) Board of Directors chose to award special recognition to D & D Commodities Ltd. as one of the nation’s pioneers in adopting the WBFI Quality Standards Program. These standards ensure that outdoor pet foods displaying the WBFI Quality Standards logo meet stringent requirements set forth with a singular purpose: to guarantee that these products meet recognized guidelines and are actually consumed by the outdoor pets that they identify.

In a letter to D & D Commodities Ltd., WBFI President Reggie Vanden Bosch says, “In the years that the WBFI Standards Committee has worked on the development of the definitions for the seeds and the identification of the attributes of the feeders included in the WBFI Quality Standards Program, this has been our guiding principle: to enhance the experience of the consumer… I personally commend you and congratulate you for being among the first to enroll in the WBFI Quality Standards Program.”

To learn more about the WBFI Quality Standards Program, go online to www.wbfi.org.