NOW Foods Annual Open House Draws 240 Retailers

Bloomingdale, IL – Over 240 natural food retailers gathered for NOW® Foods’ 6th Annual Open House held on April 30 and May 1, 2004, including a sizable contingent from Canada.

“This event is an important part of our industry outreach program,” stated Dan Richard, Manager of Sales. “It gives us the chance to really showcase our high quality, extensive product line and have our customers see for themselves what a superior manufacturing facility NOW® Foods has built.”

NOW® Foods ( 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.

Additionally, the weekend included a star-studded lineup of speakers. Dr. Richard Passwater, David Seckman, and Marcia Zimmerman spoke to retail buyers and owners from across the country. The education program began Friday, April 30 with a presentation by John Waldron of Daiichi whose thorough review of published studies regarding the supplement Pantethine even taught industry veterans something new.

David Seckman, Executive Director and CEO of NNFA, gave an inspiring talk detailing legislative threats to DSHEA and describing NNFA’s efforts to protect the industry’s interests. Mr. Seckman showed a video of Senator Durbin making an aggressive attack against supplements from the Senate floor, which reminded the attentive audience to be ready and willing to defend health freedoms.

At a session sponsored by Cognis, Dr. Richard Passwater gave a refreshing look at Phosphatidyl Serine.

Saturday morning, several NOW management team members spoke briefly, including Elwood Richard (President), Al Powers (VP), Jim Roza (Regulatory Affairs) and Michael Lelah (Technical Director). Marcia Zimmerman then gave two rousing nutrition-packed lectures on The Anti-Aging Solution – A 5-Step Comprehensive Plan.

After lunch, guests 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 event ended with an outdoor Murder in the Mansion mystery dinner.

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."


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