Nutrition Business Journal industry award winners announced

Good riddance to 2009. This sentiment was uttered and written so many times at the start of this new year that it has quickly become a cliché. Regardless, 2009 was a tough year for most individuals and companies—but not for everyone, as the recipients of Nutrition Business Journal’s 2009 Business Achievement Awards demonstrate. This year’s winners represent companies and executives who bucked the downward trend last year and serve as beacons of hope for the coming decade. Whether they were growing their sales by double digits, acquiring new businesses that will better position them for the future, creating a product breakthrough, helping the industry navigate the often-complex global regulatory arena, or donating their time and talents to help others in need, our 2009 award winners (and nominees) proved that good things can be born amidst adversity.

We thank everyone who submitted nominations for our 2009 awards. Reading through the many nominations we receive for these awards is one of our favorite annual projects because it shows us how strong the global nutrition industry really is and provides us with ideas for upcoming NBJ issues and research. In selecting the 2009 recipients, we once again wished we could recognize all of the innovative new products and initiatives and forward-thinking companies and executives that we learned about through this year’s nomination process. In the end, however, NBJ had to make some difficult decisions about who should win in our 14 award categories. To help us make our selections, we consulted with a committee of advisors—all of whom are leaders themselves in this industry. As always, we also ran all our nominees through an evaluation process led by New Hope Natural Media’s vice president of standards, Don McLemore, and his team.

Profiles of all of the NBJ award winners follow throughout the pages of this issue. Winners will also be honored during an awards dinner, to be held at the 2010 NBJ Summit. This year’s Summit will take place July 20-23, at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, California. Following NBJ tradition, we will announce the winner of our annual Lifetime Achievement Award during the Summit awards dinner on July 22. We look forward to celebrating all of our 2009 award winners later this year at the beautiful St. Regis resort. We hope you can join us.

Award Winners
Efforts on Behalf of the Industry

Anthony Almada

National Animal Supplement Council



Product Merit

Cardiokinase by Pure Prescriptions

Soléo Organics by Skin Elements USA


Scientific Achievement


Fast-C by Scientific Food Solutions


Growth in Small Companies

Despite the recession, double-digit sales expansion was a reality last year for these NBJ award recipients With the recession dragging down consumer confidence and freezing access to capital, growth did not come easy for most companies last year. Still, the winners of Nutrition Business Journal's 2009 Growth Awards proved that double-digit sales expansion is always possible — even in the midst of tough economic times.

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Growth in Small Companies

Growth in Mid-Size Companies

Growth in Large Companies
Living Essentials (5-Hour Energy)
Europa Sports Products


Environment & Sustainability

United Natural Foods Inc. (UNFI)

Lotus Foods



Pharmavite Council for Responsible Nutrition


Investment in the Future

NOW Food


Management Achievement



Philanthropic Activities

Michelle Goolsby


Organic Excellence

Kathleen Merrigan


Deals of the Year

Atrium Innovations-Garden of Life
Vitamin Shoppe IPO
GF Capital-Airborne
Mead Johnson Nutritionals IPO
Coca-Cola Co.-ZICO; Pepsi-Amacoco
Nestlé Waters NA-Sweet Leaf
Herbalife-Micelle Laboratories
Naturex-Natraceutical Group IPO


Stock Performance

Whole Foods Market
Nu Skin Enterprises


Lifetime Achievement

Announced at 2010 NBJ Summit

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