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January 19, 2012

Vitamin Retailer News
NPA Honors Outstanding Contributions to Natural Products Industry

The Natural Products Association (NPA) has announced the winners of the 19th Annual NPA Awards for outstanding individuals and businesses that have made important contributions to the success of the natural products industry. Awardees will be honored for their achievements during Natural Products Association MarketPlace 2012, held on June 14-16 in Las Vegas, NV. Honorees include:
President’s Award: Michael T. Murray, ND, director of product development and education for Natural Factors and president and CEO of Dr. Murray Natural Living.

Burton Kallman Scientific Award: James E. Simon, PhD, director of new use agriculture and natural plant products at Rutgers University.

Rachel Carson Environmental Award: Will Allen, founder and CEO of Growing Power.

Industry Champion Awards:
Keith Kantor, PhD, CEO of Service Foods, Inc.
Patrick Rea, publisher and editorial director of Nutrition Business Journal.
Drake Sadler, co-founder and board chair for Traditional Medicinals.
Curt Valva, general manager of Aubrey Organics.

Clinician Awards:
Dr. Leanna J. Standish, medical director of the Bastyr Integrative Oncology Research Clinic and a research professor for the School of Naturopathic Medicine at Bastyr, a clinical professor for the School of Public Health at the University of Washington, and an affiliate research professor in the University of Washington’s School of Medicine’s radiology department.

Joseph E. Pizzorno, Jr., ND, founding president emeritus, Bastyr University, president, SaluGenecists, Inc. and editor of Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal. Pizzorno was appointed by President Clinton in December 2000 to the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy and by President Bush to the Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee in November 2002.

The Socially Responsible Retailer Award: Jimbo’s Naturally!, a natural foods grocery store located in San Diego, CA that places a strong emphasis on local and organic produce, and contributes to numerous nonprofit organizations in the community.
In addition to the annual awards, NPA will honor the late John “Red” Carlson, co-founder and president of J.R. Carlson Laboratories, Inc., and a longtime champion of natural products and supporter of NPA, with a lifetime achievement award. Carlson was director emeritus for Carlson Laboratories, serving in an advisory role after 45 years of leading the company. He died on October 1, 2011.
For more information, visit www.NPAinfo.org/awards.

American Dietetic Association Becomes Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

The American Dietetic Association (ADA) has officially changed its name to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The change took effect January 1.
“The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has been in existence since 1917 as the American Dietetic Association, after working to feed the troops healthfully during World War I,” said registered dietitian and Academy President Sylvia Escott-Stump. “Protecting the public’s health is the highest priority of the Academy and our members, and our new name complements our focus: the nutritional well-being of the American public.

“By adding nutrition to our name, we communicate our capacity for translating nutrition science into healthier lifestyles for everyone. Keeping dietetics supports our history as a food and science-based profession. Thus, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics quickly and accurately communicates our identity—who we are and what we do,” added Escott-Stump.
The Academy’s website will remain the same and the Eat Right logo will stay a part of the organization’s graphic identity. In addition, the ADA Foundation has become the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation.

For more information, visit www.eatright.org.

Organic News
Stonyfield Founder Steps Into New Role

Londonderry, NH-based Stonyfield has announced that Walt Freese will join the company as president and chief executive officer (CE-Yo). Co-founder Gary Hirshberg will continue as Stonyfield chairman and shareholder, while advocating for change in national food and agriculture policies, including the labeling of genetically engineered foods. 

Hirshberg hand-selected a like-minded successor in Freese, former CEO of Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Inc. “In Walt Freese, Stonyfield gains a leader with a stellar track record at another values-led company,” said Hirshberg. “Walt is well versed in fostering a sustainability mission in partnership with a global food company, and is deeply committed to Stonyfield's organic and environmental missions.”

As chairman, Hirshberg will remain involved with the company he co-founded nearly 30 years ago and will maintain oversight of Stonyfield’s European sister companies, its new Stonyfield Cafes and the company’s Profits-for-the-Planet program, while serving on several boards at French parent company Danone. The move will allow Hirshberg to devote more attention to a variety of local and national political efforts including seeking labeling of genetically engineered foods with the Just Label It campaign and his work on U.S. food and agriculture policy as a co-chair of AGree, a Washington, D.C.-based public policy initiative. 

For more information, call (800) PRO-COWS or visit www.stonyfield.com.

Nutrition Industry Executive News
AHP Releases Monograph Standards for American Ginseng Root

The American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP) has released its quality control standards and therapeutic compendium for the botanical dietary supplement American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius). Each AHP monograph establishes standards for assuring authenticity, purity and quality control of the monographed botanical and represents one of the most comprehensive reviews of the botanical in the English language. Each monograph addresses the historical use of the botanical along with multiple methods of analysis for ensuring botanical authenticity that include both physical and chemical tests appropriate for individual dispensaries or small or large companies. The identification section provides detailed photographs and images with which to develop internal company identification specifications.

Accompanying the standards is the AHP Therapeutic Compendium, which provides a complete and critical review of the pharmacological and safety data currently available, including information on pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, actions, medical indications, historical and modern and traditional use, structure and function claims, dosages, interactions, side effects, contraindications, toxicology and more. All of this information can be used as part of a company’s product substantiation files in supporting structure-function statements as well as establishing the safety of their product.

“American ginseng is one of the most widely adulterated herbs available on the Western herb market,” said AHP Executive Director Roy Upton. “We have found leaf material marketed as root, exhausted marc being sold as crude root and materials cut with 45 percent dicalcium phosphate. Suppliers should know if the price is too good to be true, it probably is not good material. The monograph provides all the characterizations that any quality control team requires for making an authentic and quality product.”

The Therapeutic Compendium was begun several years ago by the late Professor Yingjie Chen, a noted Chinese pharmacologist and specialist in traditional Chinese medicine, to whom the monograph is dedicated.

For more information, visit www.herbal-ahp.org.

Mintel Opens Office Locations in Asia Pacific

Market research company Mintel has announced that it has opened three new offices in the Asia Pacific region in Mumbai, India, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The offices are now open and will act as a base for all future operations within that territory—alongside established offices in Shanghai, China; Sydney, Australia; and Tokyo, Japan.
“With the rapid growth and increasing global relevance of the Asia Pacific region, Mintel is committed to providing its unique brand of consumer insight and market intelligence to its clients,” said John Hore, managing director of Mintel Asia Pacific. “In addition, we are extending and expanding our coverage of India, Malaysia and Singapore—from greater report coverage and more breadth and depth to the industries covered. We see Asia Pacific as a key area for the future and as such, we are now focusing significant investment in the region.”
The Singapore office, which opened January 1, will serve Mintel’s existing and new clients in Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. It will be headed up by Ian Wilson, general manager for Southeast Asia while Director of Research Matthew Crabbe will oversee the Kuala Lumpur office. The Mumbai office has been operational since October and falls under the direction of Matthew Nelson, sales head of India. The rapid growth of interest in Mintel’s products and services in these markets has led the company to expand its coverage significantly by opening new centers and expanding its analyst team across the region. Mintel now has 10 offices worldwide.
For more information, visit www.mintel.com.


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