(Brevard, NC) – Gaia Herbs, Inc. received the “Corporation of the Year 2007” award at the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) annual conference in Palm Springs, CA, August 24 – 26, 2007. The 20 year-old organic herbal products grower and manufacturer was honored for their “extraordinary commitment to the profession, as a champion of naturopathic and botanical medical education and research, and as a dedicated supporter of the naturopathic profession”. This is the first time in its seven year history the award has been presented to an herbal supplements manufacturer.
The award was presented by AANP Executive Director, Karen Howard, to an audience of approximately 1,000 naturopathic physicians and industry supporters.
“With pronounced gratitude, we applaud Gaia Herbs’ long-standing partnership with the AANP including their outstanding support of our educational institutions, our state licensure efforts, and our State Affiliates. We commend the company’s commitment to the advancement of botanical medicine through education and research and exemplified by your commitment to service the public by providing high-quality botanical medicine within an environmentally responsible business model.”
Accepting the award on behalf of the company, Ric Scalzo, Gaia Herbs’ President and Founder, remarked “It is a privilege to work with such an enlightened group of people and Gaia Herbs looks forward to a continued partnership in the coming years.”
In later comments, Ms. Howard commented: “Gaia Herbs is a strong, long-time supporter of the AANP and the profession as a whole. They are demonstrating tremendous leadership through their organic and environmentally sustainable business model – a central element of the work that must be done to transform our healthcare system as we know it, and which also stands as the vision of the AANP.”
About Gaia Herbs
Gaia Herbs is a certified organic grower and nationally-branded manufacturer of liquid herbal extracts based in Western North Carolina. The company cultivates 250 acres of medicinal herbs which, along with all operations at their 36,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility, are organically certified each year by Oregon Tilth under USDA’s National Organic Program. Gaia Herbs’ line of all-natural herbal products is carried by independent health food retailers and co-ops, as well as national and regional natural products retail chains.
Founded in 1985, the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians is the national professional society representing licensed or licensable naturopathic physicians who are graduates of four-year, residential graduates programs. AANP has 38 official State Affiliates across the country with a membership of more than 2000 students, physicians, supporting and corporate members who collectively strive to expand access to naturopathic medicine nationwide.
Ann Griffen Buchman
National Marketing Director