AHPA Opens Nominations for Industry Awards

(September 19, 2006, Silver Spring, MD) — The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) is seeking nominations for the 2007 AHPA Awards. These annual awards, launched in 2006, acknowledge individuals and organizations who make substantive, positive contributions to the herbal products industry. The AHPA Awards will be presented at the annual AHPA Member Breakfast Meeting on March 8, 2007, in Anaheim, California.

"Many dedicated individuals, companies and institutions have a significant positive impact on this industry," said AHPA President Michael McGuffin. "The AHPA Awards salute those who are working to move the industry forward and thank them for their efforts."

The award categories are:

Herbal Hero — Individuals who make outstanding contributions to AHPA committees or initiatives. Nominees must be employed by an AHPA member company.

Herbal Research Award — Individuals, companies, research institutions, academic facilities or programs of study performing outstanding research into botanicals. Nominees may, but need not, be associated with an AHPA member company.

Herbal Industry Leadership — Companies that set an example of outstanding business practices or organizations that work to move the industry forward above and beyond normal business practices. Nominees must be members of AHPA.

When the first AHPA Awards were bestowed in March 2006, AHPA honored two outstanding individuals and one excellent company:

Staci Eisner was named as the AHPA Herbal Hero
Norman R. Farnsworth, PhD, received the AHPA Herbal Research Award
Nature’s Way Products, Inc. was named the AHPA Herbal Industry Leader

Nominations must be made by AHPA members, using the online form (http://www.ahpa.org/Portals/0/pdfs/07_AwardForm.pdf).

The nomination deadline is Thursday, November 30, 2006.

Nominations must be made by an outside party.

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) represents the core of the botanical trade -- comprised of the finest growers, processors, manufacturers and marketers of herbal products -- AHPA’s mission is to promote the responsible commerce of herbal products. AHPA committees generate self-regulations to ensure the highest level of quality with respect to the way herbs are manufactured, labeled, and sold. Website: www.ahpa.org.


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