The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) presented its 2017 awards to Elwood Richard, Scott Bass, Loren Israelsen, Suzanne Shelton and BI Nutraceuticals for substantive and positive contributions to the herbal products industry. The 2017 AHPA Awards were distributed at the AHPA annual member meeting on March 9 at Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, CA.
Established in 2006, the annual AHPA Awards acknowledge individuals and organizations that help further AHPA’s goal of promoting the responsible commerce of herbs and herbal products.
The 2017 award recipients are:
• Elwood Richard, founder of NOW Foods, received the AHPA Visionary Award for his pioneering and unprecedented efforts to promote the benefits of herbs and herbal products.
• Scott Bass, partner at Sidley Austin, LLP, and Loren Israelsen, president of the United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA), received the AHPA Herbal Insight Award for their tireless work to ensure consumer access to herbal dietary supplements.
• Suzanne Shelton, founder and managing partner of The Shelton Group, received the AHPA Hero Award, for her sustained and outstanding contributions to AHPA committees and initiatives.
• BI Nutraceuticals, was presented the AHPA Herbal Industry Leadership Award for outstanding business practices that have helped move the herbal products industry forward.
“AHPA is pleased to recognize the hard work and dedication of these individuals and BI Nutraceuticals. AHPA and the entire herbal products industry have greatly benefited from their years of dedication and hard work,” said AHPA president Michael McGuffin. “These awards are a small token of our gratitude for their tireless efforts.”