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AHPA Opens Nominations for 2010 Industry Awards

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) is seeking nominations for its 2010 AHPA Awards. These annual awards, launched in 2006, acknowledge individuals and organizations making substantive, positive contributions to the herbal products industry.

The AHPA Awards will be presented at the annual AHPA Member Breakfast Meeting on March 11, 2010, 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:

Herbal 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:

Gordon Walker, Esq. – 2009 Herbal Hero
Anthony Young, Esq. – 2008 Herbal Hero
Beth Lambert — 2007 Herbal Hero
Staci Eisner — 2006 Herbal Hero

Sabinsa Corporation – 2009 Herbal Industry Leader
Herb Pharm – 2008 Herbal Industry Leader
Traditional Medicinals — 2007 Herbal Industry Leader
Nature’s Way Products, Inc. — 2006 Herbal Industry Leader

Philip Waddington, N.D. – 2009 Herbal Insight Award
Steven Foster – 2008 Herbal Insight Award
Stephen Straus, M.D. – 2008 Herbal Insight Award
Joseph Betz, Ph.D. — 2007 Herbal Insight Award
Norman R. Farnsworth, Ph.D. — 2006 Herbal Research Award

Nominations must be made by AHPA members, using the online form (

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 Friday, January 8, 2010.

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) is the national trade association and voice of the herbal products industry. AHPA is comprised of domestic and foreign companies doing business as growers, processors, manufacturers and marketers of herbs and herbal products, including foods, dietary supplements, cosmetics, and nonprescription drugs. Founded in 1982, AHPA’s mission is to promote the responsible commerce of herbal products. Website:

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