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Roll out the [nutritional] red carpet

We all know it’s award season in Hollywood—how can we not? But awards are being doled out in our very own industry right now as well. In its January issue, Nutrition Business Journal announced the recipients of its 2009 Business Achievement Awards. Winners were awarded in 14 categories including Growth in Companies, Stock Performance, Environment and Sustainability, Product Merit and Efforts on Behalf of the Industry. Here are some highlights: There is good financial news! In the Industry Growth Award category nine nutrition companies won because they were profitable in ’08. So who’s making money? GDiapers, makers of flushable nappies that biodegrade in 50 to 150 days, has seen revenues increase more than 200 percent in the past three years. On the research end, Cran-Max grabbed gold for its ability to quell urinary tract infections. Research sponsored by Proprietary Nutritionals Inc., marketer of the supplement, found that antibiotics had “very little advantage” over Cran-Max in preventing UTIs, according to a study in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. And the Organic Award goes to… Mark Lipson, senior policy analyst for the Organic Farming Research Foundation. The California tomato farmer has worked tirelessly the past two years to increase organic funding through the 2008 revised Farm Bill. And, because it’s an issue close to my heart, I can’t forget to mention the winner of the Environmental and Sustainability Award. Gaia Herbs, true to its name, strives to ensure that all of its business practices protect or benefit the earth—from its 250-acre certified organic farm to having two--thirds of its product line certified organic and sold in eco-packaging. Winners will be honored at a dinner to be held at the 2009 NBJ Summit in Dana Point, Calif. To read about all of the winners, visit

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