American Botanical Council (ABC) Founder and Executive Director Mark Blumenthal is one of two people who have been named to receive the Natural Products Association’s 2013 Industry Champion Award. The award recognizes individuals who have made notable contributions to the natural products industry above and beyond commercial success.
The announcement was made by NPA in a news release in which eight additional NPA award recipients also were announced. The 20th Annual Natural Products Association Awards will be presented at the annual Natural Products Expo East from Sept. 26 to 28 in Baltimore.
“I am deeply honored and grateful to have the opportunity to accept this award in recognition of the numerous achievements of the American Botanical Council,” said Blumenthal. “I thank the Natural Products Association for recognizing the work of ABC over the past 25 years. It is through the dedicated network of ABC staff and board members that ABC has been an agent of significant positive change in the herbal community and the American culture in general by increasing the amount of reliable, science-based information to enhance people’s awareness of the health benefits of plants and other natural products.”
The nine recipients of the 20th Annual NPA Awards include the following:
The NPA President's Award will be given to regulatory-affairs attorney Scott Bass, a key NPA ally and one of the people involved in crafting the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA);
The Burton Kallman Scientific Award will be given to Paul M. Coates, PhD, Director of the Office of Dietary Supplements at the National Institutes of Health;
The Rachel Carson Environmental Award will be given to William McDonough, noted architect and pioneer in sustainable building practices in Charlottesville, Va.;
The Industry Champion Award will be given to ABC’s Blumenthal and Pat Sardell, past president of NPA and co-owner of Country Vitamins, an independent dietary supplement retail store in Corvallis, Ore.;
The Lifetime Achievement Award will be given to Edward Long, PhD, a health policy expert and political consultant in Washington, D.C., and Jack Martin, a former US Food and Drug Administration official and natural products industry political consultant in Washington, D.C.;
The Clinician Award will be given to noted author and herbalist David Winston, founder of Herbalist & Alchemist; and
The NPA Socially Responsible Retailer Award will be given to Nature’s Bin, an independent natural foods retailer in Lakewood, Ohio.