October 30, 2008 — The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) is seeking nominations for its 2009 AHPA Awards. These annual awards, launched in 2006, acknowledge individuals and organizations that make substantive, positive contributions to the herbal products industry.

“The AHPA Awards recognize the efforts of those who are working to move the industry forward,” said AHPA President Michael McGuffin. “The active and committed volunteers who help AHPA to fulfill its mission affect the industry as a whole, while those who produce and research herbal products have a positive impact not only on this industry, but on the health and well-being of many consumers.” 

The AHPA Awards will be presented at the annual AHPA Member Breakfast Meeting on March 5, 2009, in Anaheim, California.

The AHPA Award categories are:

Herbal Hero — Individuals who make outstanding contributions to AHPA committees or initiatives. Nominees must be employed by an AHPA member company.

Herbal Industry Leader — Companies that set an example of outstanding business practices or organizations that work to move the industry forward above and beyond normal business practices. Nominees must be members of AHPA.

Herbal Insight Award — Individuals or non-commercial organizations that have a significant impact on furthering knowledge and understanding of botanicals and their uses. Nominees need not be associated with an AHPA member company.

Previous AHPA Awards honorees are:

  • Anthony Young, Esq. – 2008 Herbal Hero
  • Beth Lambert — 2007 Herbal Hero
  • Staci Eisner — 2006 Herbal Hero
  • Herb Pharm – 2008 Herbal Industry Leader
  • Traditional Medicinals — 2007 Herbal Industry Leader
  • Nature’s Way Products, Inc. — 2006 Herbal Industry Leader
  • Steven Foster – 2008 Herbal Insight Award
  • Stephen Straus, M.D. – 2008 Herbal Insight Award
  • Joseph Betz, Ph.D. — 2007 Herbal Insight Award
  • Norman R. Farnsworth, Ph.D. — 2006 Herbal Research Award

Nominations must be made by AHPA members, using the online form (http://www.ahpa.org/Portals/0/members/09_AHPAawardNomination.pdf).

Nominations must be made by an outside party, preferably with an objective perspective on how the candidate has stood out in the community.

The nomination deadline is Thursday, January 8, 2008.


The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) is the only national trade association devoted to herbal issues. Representing the core of the botanical trade—comprised of the finest growers, processors, manufacturers and marketers of herbal products—our mission is to promote the responsible commerce of herbal products. AHPA committees generate self-regulations to ensure the highest level of quality with respect to the way herbal products are manufactured, labeled, and sold. Website: www.ahpa.org.