Natural Foods Merchandiser

NNFA Recognizes Industry Achievements

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 with an awards ceremony at the Annual Business Meeting and Breakfast on Sunday, July 18.

The winner of this year?s Burton Kallman Scientific Award, which recognizes significant scientific achievements, is T. Colin Campbell. Campbell, a professor of nutritional biochemistry at Cornell University, is known for his research of chronic degenerative diseases and their relationship to nutrition.

The Rachel Carson Environmental Award, which honors individuals who have made a significant contribution to environmental protection, goes to Lynda LeMole. An herbal tea professional and executive director of United Plant Savers, LeMole works to preserve native medicinal plants and raise ethical standards in the herb industry.

Arthur Rudolph is the recipient of the President?s Award, which honors individuals who have made a significant one-time impact on the industry. Rudolph founded NBTY Inc. of Bohemia, N.Y., a vitamin, mineral and food supplement manufacturer.

Three recipients of the NNFA Crusader Awards will be honored for making contributions to the industry beyond commercial success. This year?s winners are Marlene Beadle, Elwood Richard and Patrick Toomey.

Marlene Beadle owns Marlene?s Market and Deli in Tacoma, Wash. Beadle has served terms on the NNFA Northwest board of directors as a state representative.

Elwood Richard is president of NOW Foods of Bloomingdale, Ill. In addition to running the manufacturing facility, Richard also runs a chain of health food stores in the Chicago area.

Patrick Toomey, a natural products retailer for the past 29 years, founded Toomey Natural Foods in Milford, Ohio, with his wife, Mimi. Toomey has served on the national and Midwest regional boards of NNFA, and was voted president-elect of NNFA?s national board in 1998.

The Statesman/Stateswoman Award, formerly the Lifetime Achievement Award, will be presented to Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-N.J. Pallone helped urge the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to release an industry-wide good manufacturing practices rule. He is a member of both the bicameral Complementary and Alternative Medicine Caucus and the House Energy and Commerce Committee, where he works to defend consumers? rights to alternative therapies.

Two doctors will receive the NNFA Clinician Award, which honors licensed health care practitioners who dedicate their work to complementary and alternative medicine. This year?s recipients are Leo Galland, M.D., and Abraham Hoffer, M.D.

Galland works in the field of integrated medicine and is known for his work in nutrition, intestinal health and detoxification. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Nutrition.

Hoffer works in the area of orthomolecular medicine. He has written more than 600 papers in the medical and psychiatric fields and 20 books. Hoffer treats people for cancer and other diseases, including mental illnesses.

The Socially Responsible Retailer Award recognizes NNFA member companies that show social responsibility in their businesses. The NNFA will present the 2004 award to Nature?s Food Patch of Clearwater, Fla.; Nature?s Pantry of Knoxville, Tenn.; and New Leaf Community Market of Felton, Calif.

Nature?s Food Patch frequently invites authors and educators into the store to lecture. In addition, monthly in-store events include seminars by holistic health care experts, a store tour with a local fitness expert, and food demonstrations. The store has won many state recycling awards.

Nature?s Pantry has sponsored community-service days in the store and worked with area organizations Green Power, The Clean Water Alliance and the Ijams Nature Center. The store also has collected used computers and donated the equipment to a school in a low-income area.

New Leaf Community Market is a certified organic natural foods market that hosts a monthly ?Community Day,? when it donates 5 percent of a day?s sales to a nonprofit organization. The store donates 10 percent of its profits to local organizations each year. New Leaf also offers programs to educate the public about the natural foods industry, such as seminars, a newsletter and a magazine.

Natural Foods Merchandiser volume XXV/number 7/p. 58

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