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Illinois Governor Quinn Honors NOW International for Export Excellence

Springfield, IL (August 6, 2009) -- Illinois Governor Pat Quinn presented NOW International, the global arm of NOW Foods, with the Governor’s Export Award for Mid-sized Agriculture on June 29,, 2009. This distinguished award recognizes businesses that exemplify significant contributions to Illinois’ economic development in the fields of export and manufacturing, service, and agribusiness.

NOW International is no stranger to success. This most recent award for export excellence marks the second major recognition bestowed upon NOW’s International division in the past 18 months. In May 2008, the group was invited to the White House and presented with the President’s “E” Award for achievement in Export; the highest single award a business can receive from the United States government.

Philip Pittsford, NOW International Sales Manager, said, “This award speaks to the dedication of our international team and the support of the company. No one person can take credit, it truly takes a commitment at all levels to go out, seek, and engage in international business.”

Since Oct 2000 NOW International has actively sought out export markets and has utilized many of the services offered through the state of Illinois including the Illinois Trade Office and also the Illinois Dept. of Agriculture. Both have been instrumental in helping NOW to significantly grow their International division. “Our vision is to be a global leader in our industry and we are moving to make this a reality,” Pittsford said.

NOW International, the export arm of NOW Foods, sells nutritional products to more than 60 countries, on six continents. They offer products in over 15 languages, and have translated their product literature, such as NOW’s Quality Catalog, to provide a local voice to a global brand name. NOW believes that this high level of commitment to global brand-building is an important factor in growing its sales an average of 26% over the past 6 years.

For more information on NOW International, please contact Philip Pittsford at extension 401, or via e-mail at

Founded in 1968, NOW Foods is an award-winning manufacturer of over 1,500 natural dietary supplements, sports nutrition, personal care products, and health foods. The company employs over 400 individuals and its products are sold in 70+ countries. For over 40 years, NOW Foods has remained family owned and operated, and committed to its original mission of providing value in products and services that empower people to lead healthier lives.

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