Good riddance to 2009. This sentiment was uttered and written so many times at the start of this new year that it has quickly become a cliché. Regardless, 2009 was a tough year for most individuals and companies—but not for everyone, as the recipients of Nutrition Business Journal’s 2009 Business Achievement Awards demonstrate. This year’s winners represent companies and executives who bucked the downward trend last year and serve as beacons of hope for the coming decade. Whether they were growing their sales by double digits, acquiring new businesses that will better position them for the future, creating a product breakthrough, helping the industry navigate the often-complex global regulatory arena, or donating their time and talents to help others in need, our 2009 award winners (and nominees) proved that good things can be born amidst adversity.
We thank everyone who submitted nominations for our 2009 awards. Reading through the many nominations we receive for these awards is one of our favorite annual projects because it shows us how strong the global nutrition industry really is and provides us with ideas for upcoming NBJ issues and research. In selecting the 2009 recipients, we once again wished we could recognize all of the innovative new products and initiatives and forward-thinking companies and executives that we learned about through this year’s nomination process. In the end, however, NBJ had to make some difficult decisions about who should win in our 14 award categories. To help us make our selections, we consulted with a committee of advisors—all of whom are leaders themselves in this industry. As always, we also ran all our nominees through an evaluation process led by New Hope Natural Media’s vice president of standards, Don McLemore, and his team.
Profiles of all of the NBJ award winners follow throughout the pages of this issue. Winners will also be honored during an awards dinner, to be held at the 2010 NBJ Summit. This year’s Summit will take place July 20-23, at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, California. Following NBJ tradition, we will announce the winner of our annual Lifetime Achievement Award during the Summit awards dinner on July 22. We look forward to celebrating all of our 2009 award winners later this year at the beautiful St. Regis resort. We hope you can join us.
Efforts on Behalf of the Industry
Cardiokinase by Pure Prescriptions
Growth in Small Companies
Despite the recession, double-digit sales expansion was a reality last year for these NBJ award recipients With the recession dragging down consumer confidence and freezing access to capital, growth did not come easy for most companies last year. Still, the winners of Nutrition Business Journal's 2009 Growth Awards proved that double-digit sales expansion is always possible — even in the midst of tough economic times.
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Growth in Small Companies
Growth in Mid-Size Companies
Growth in Large Companies
Living Essentials (5-Hour Energy)
Europa Sports Products
Environment & Sustainability
United Natural Foods Inc. (UNFI)
Investment in the Future
Deals of the Year
Atrium Innovations-Garden of Life
Vitamin Shoppe IPO
Mead Johnson Nutritionals IPO
Coca-Cola Co.-ZICO; Pepsi-Amacoco
Nestlé Waters NA-Sweet Leaf
Whole Foods Market
Nu Skin Enterprises
Announced at 2010 NBJ Summit