Bloomingdale, IL (August 29, 2005) – Over 200 natural food retailers gathered for NOW® Foods’ 7th Annual Open House held August 19 and 20, 2005, the largest turnout in the history of the event. The two-day program consisted of educational sessions, a tour of NOW’s GMP A-rated manufacturing facility, and the opportunity to get to know NOW’s management and staff.
“Every year this program gives us the opportunity to prove to new customers that our manufacturing and education are among the very best in the industry,” said company president Al Powers.
Speakers this year included author Carl Germano, RD, CNS, CDN (PL Thomas) – “GliSODinTM: The Anti-Aging Antioxidant Catalyst; Marcia Zimmerman “The 7-Color Cuisine: Eat Better, Look Better, Feel Better”; Lorna Vanderhaeghe, BSc – “Get A Grip On Arthritis With Celadrin®” and Suzanne Shelton, President/Owner, The Shelton Group - “Public Relations for Retailers”.
Several members of NOW’s management team spoke briefly, including Elwood Richard (Founder and former President), Al Powers (President), Michael Lelah (Technical Director), Jim Emme (Chief Operations Executive) and Dan Richard, Sales Director.
The high point was a surprise honor bestowed upon NOW Foods by Howard Schiffer President of Vitamin Angel, the non-profit group that donates over a million nutritional supplements to at risk children in more than 35 countries each year. During his presentation, Howard awarded Al Powers and El Richard the first ever Archangel award, to thank NOW for its’ generous support of their programs.
Saturday afternoon guests, which included a number of editors of industry trade and healthy lifestyle publications, toured NOW’s 203,000 square foot GMP certified plant and enjoyed one-day product specials, new products, samples and a lot of NOW’s corporate personality.
The Richard's family pledge is "underlying NOW's commitment to quality is our commitment to the customers - to provide the best products available at a reasonable price and, thereby, play a meaningful role in the quality and extension of human life."
NOW® Foods (www.nowfoods.com) is a family owned and operated natural products manufacturer/distributor with a 35-year legacy of providing high quality nutritional supplements at affordable prices. The A-rated GMP certified facility boasts state of the art manufacturing capabilities, with one of the finest teams of product quality experts in the industry. They conduct specialized tests, analyses and inspections that allow the company to offer superior products that surpass every possible independent test. This annual event allows new and old customers to tour this exceptional facility and see for themselves why NOW’s quality is so good.