Elwood Richard, NOW® Foods Founder and President, Announces Retirement

Bloomingdale, IL – NOW Foods founder and long time industry advocate Elwood Richard has announced his retirement from the position of company president effective January 1, 2005.

Al Powers, NOW vice president, has been named president by the company’s board of directors. “I have every confidence that Al Powers will lead our firm in accord with company values and expectations,” Mr. Richard said.

Mr. Richard will continue on the organization’s board and will work with industry organizations he has championed such as the Natural Health Research Institute. “My wife and I also plan to travel, hike, canoe, and play with our grandchildren,” Mr. Richard said.

Last July Mr. Richard was given the NNFA Crusader award for decades of commitment to furthering the industry and Nutrition Business Journal’s Lifetime Leadership Award which recognizes executives for going beyond the call of duty in their efforts on behalf of the nutrition industry. The company Mr. Richard founded has also been received many awards through the years, and has been a consistently generous supporter of industry organizations.

Mr. Richard has been an active member of the natural products business since 1960. Mr. Richard’s co-founded the NNFA standards committee, and sponsors industry organizations such as Citizens for Health, NNFA, ABC, NPF, AOAC and AHPA. NOW Foods serves as an example of a company that produces high-quality products, supports independent retailers and upholds high standards of social and environmental issues.

NOW Foods (www.nowfoods.com) is a family owned and operated natural products manufacturer/distributor with a 35-year legacy of providing high quality nutritional supplements at affordable prices. The A-rated GMP certified facility boasts state of the art manufacturing capabilities. NOW maintains a Wet Lab and an Analytical Lab with industry leading analytical methods to assure ingredient Identity and potency, as well as a Microbiology Lab to test for contaminants. NOW employs one of the finest teams of product quality experts in the supplements industry. They conduct specialized tests, analyses and inspections that allow the company to offer superior products that surpass every possible independent test. The Richards' family pledge is "underlying NOW's commitment to quality is our commitment to you - to provide the best products available at a reasonable price and, thereby, play a meaningful role in the quality and extension of human life." For more information visit www.nowfoods.com.


Suzanne Shelton 847-676-4337
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