AHPA Opens Nominations for 2008 Industry Awards

(November 2, 2007) — The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) is seeking nominations for its 2008 AHPA Awards. These annual awards, launched in 2006, acknowledge individuals and organizations who make substantive, positive contributions to the herbal products industry.

The AHPA Awards will be presented at the annual AHPA Member Breakfast Meeting on March 13, 2008, in Anaheim, California.

“The AHPA Awards recognize the efforts of those who are working to move the industry forward,” said AHPA President Michael McGuffin. “The active and committed volunteers who help AHPA to fulfill its mission affect the industry as a whole, while those who produce and research herbal products have a positive impact not only on this industry, but on the health and well-being of many consumers.”

The AHPA Award categories are:

AHPA Hero — Individuals who make outstanding contributions to AHPA committees or initiatives. Nominees must be employed by an AHPA member company.

Herbal Industry Leader — Companies that set an example of outstanding business practices or organizations that work to move the industry forward above and beyond normal business practices. Nominees must be members of AHPA.

Herbal Insight Award — Individuals or non-commercial organizations that have a significant impact on furthering knowledge and understanding of botanicals and their uses. Nominees need not be associated with an AHPA member company.

Previous AHPA Awards honorees are:

  • Beth Lambert — 2007 AHPA Hero
  • Staci Eisner — 2006 AHPA Herbal Hero

  • Traditional Medicinals — 2007 AHPA Herbal Industry Leader
  • Nature’s Way Products, Inc. — 2006 AHPA Herbal Industry Leader

  • Joseph Betz, PhD — 2007 AHPA Herbal Insight Award
  • Norman R. Farnsworth, PhD — 2006 AHPA Herbal Research Award

Nominations must be made by AHPA members, using the online form (http://www.ahpa.org/Portals/0/pdfs/08_AHPAawardNomination.pdf).

Nominations must be made by an outside party, preferably with an objective perspective on how the candidate has stood out in the community.

The nomination deadline is Monday, January 14, 2008.



The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) is the only national trade association devoted to herbal issues. Representing the core of the botanical trade—comprised of the finest growers, processors, manufacturers and marketers of herbal products—our mission is to promote the responsible commerce of herbal products. AHPA committees generate self-regulations to ensure the highest level of quality with respect to the way herbal products are manufactured, labeled, and sold. Celebrating our 25th anniversary in 2007! Website: www.ahpa.org.

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