From The December 2001 Issue of Natural Foods Merchandiser
NOW Foods is a family-owned and operated natural products manufacturer/distributor with a 30-year legacy of providing high quality nutritional supplements at affordable prices. From humble beginnings as a Chicago-based grain and legume products manufacturer owned by the Richard family, NOW Foods has grown into a leading national supplier of natural nutritional supplements and whole foods. With the third generation of the Richard family active in the daily operation of NOW Foods, the company is poised to continue its tradition of offering consumers the best value possible for quality dietary supplements and whole foods.
In 1998, NOW Foods built its permanent homeâa 203,000-square-foot production/distribution facility in suburban Chicago with room for growthâallowing NOW Foods to continue its commitment to producing the highest quality nutritional supplements available.
NOW Foods' mission is to provide value in products that empower people to live healthier lives. This mission has been at the core of the company's beliefs since the beginning of NOW Foods in 1968.
NOW Foods has one of the more extensive product lines in the industry, including vitamins, minerals, green foods, sports supplements, specialty supplements, herbs, herbal teas, whole and functional foods, essential oils, cosmetics and more. Some of its best-selling products are Stevia, CoQ10, Ginkgo Biloba, Glucosamine, Natural Vitamin E and Chromium Picolinate. NOW Foods averages over 50 new product introductions a year.
In 2000, NOW Foods was awarded Good Manufacturing Practices certification from the National Nutritional Foods Association. GMP certification entails extensive third-party inspections and comprehensive audits of areas like sanitation, equipment, production and process controls, as well as warehouse, distribution and post-distribution practices. In addition, laboratory methods, stability and potency testing, and product formulations were all closely scrutinized for strict adherence to GMP regulations.
NOW Foods also carries QAI-certified organic products and supports the recently formed Dietary Supplement Education Association, an organization dedicated to educating the public about the benefits of dietary supplements and nutrition in general.
395 Glen Ellyn Road
Bloomingdale, IL 60108
NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES
Elwood Richard, President
Dan Richard, Sales Manager