Natural Foods Merchandiser

NNFA honors industry's best, brightest

At its annual trade show and convention in Las Vegas, the National Nutritional Foods Association will honor individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the natural products industry.

Recipients will be recognized at the President?s Reception and Awards Ceremony on Saturday, July 16.

The winner of this year?s Burton Kallman Scientific Award, which recognizes significant scientific achievements, is Richard Anderson, Ph.D., the lead scientist at Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center in Maryland. Anderson has been involved in determining the role of chromium and other potentiators of insulin in human and animal nutrition.

The recipient of the 2005 President?s Award, which honors an individual who has had a positive long-term impact on the industry, is Robert Ullman, an attorney who has represented the NNFA and served the natural foods industry for nearly 40 years. He was lead counsel in what are now known as the Black Currant Oil Cases, which paved the way for the passage of Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994.

Dr. Philip J. Landrigan is the recipient of this year?s Rachel Carson Environmental Award, which is designed to honor individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the protection of the environment. Landrigan is a pediatrician and the Ethel H. Wise Professor and chair of the department of community and preventive medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. He also holds a professorship in pediatrics and directs the Mount Sinai Center for Children?s Health and the Environment.

The recipients of the NNFA Crusader Awards, which honor those who have made contributions to the natural products industry above and beyond commercial success, are Susan Haeger, Aubrey Hampton, Jim Hopper, Carol Simontacchi and Mark Stowe.

As vice president of strategic global affairs for Boulder, Colo.-based New Hope Natural Media, Haeger facilitates international trade relationships and forums for the natural products industry. Previously, she was president and chief executive of Citizens for Health.

Hampton, an acknowledged authority on natural organic cosmetics and photochemistry, founded the Tampa, Fla.-based natural body care company Aubrey Organics in 1967. He has created more than 200 herbal cosmetics and written several books on the subject.

Hopper, former senior vice president of trade relations at the St. Augustine, Fla.-based natural and specialty foods distributor Tree Of Life, is being recognized for his time spent on NNFA?s national board of directors and his involvement in Natural Foods Day, the association?s annual lobbying event.

Simontacchi, the author of several books on nutrition science and counseling, is a professional member of the International and American Associations of Clinical Nutritionists. She has also served on NNFA?s education committee.

Stowe, an industry veteran of more than 25 years, is the president of Nutrition Cottage Inc., a natural grocery store with two locations in Florida. Stowe has been involved with NNFA for more than a decade, including recently serving as president of the national board.

The recipients of the NNFA Clinician Award, created to honor licensed health care practitioners whose work shows a dedication to responsible holistic, noninvasive and integrative medicine methods, are Sidney Baker, M.D., and Christopher Hobbs, L.Ac., A.H.G.

Baker, a pediatrician with a private practice in Connecticut and New York, is a founder of Defeat Autism Now!, a national organization devoted to examining biomedical treatment options and the environmental origins of the current autism epidemic among American children.

Hobbs is an internationally renowned botanist, clinical herbalist, author and licensed acupuncturist who has authored or co-authored more than 24 books on health and herbal medicine. He also co-founded the American Herbalists Guild and served on the board of directors of the American Herbal Products Association and United Plant Savers.

The Fruitful Yield Stores in Illinois, Rainbow Blossom Inc. in Kentucky and PCC Natural Markets in Washington are the recipients of this year?s Socially Responsible Retailer Award. The award recognizes NNFA member companies that excel in integrating social responsibility into their businesses.

Fruitful Yield offers organic, natural, wheat-free and low-carb foods to serve the special needs of those with dietary restrictions. Managers attend community events to inform consumers about the stores? low-cost health services, which include nutrition counseling. Additionally, the stores feature public lectures on natural foods and supplements.

Attendees of last year's NNFA show fill the show floor.Rainbow Blossom Inc., an industry mainstay of more than 28 years, has developed relationships with and donates regularly to 200 local charities. The store also helped found Kentucky Harvest, the largest Louisville-area food bank. Rainbow Blossom also supports sustainable agriculture by buying produce from local farms whenever possible.

PCC Natural Markets, a community-owned cooperative, is an active participant in its neighborhoods. In 2003 to 2004, nearly 200 PCC volunteers repackaged and donated more than 72,000 pounds of food (purchased through the store?s Cash For The Hungry program) to local food banks.

PCC was also among the first corporate sponsors of the PCC Farmland Fund, an independent, community-supported nonprofit land trust.

Natural Foods Merchandiser volume XXVI/number 7/p. 50, 52

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