Informa VP Wins NPA Industry Champion Award

<p>The Natural Products Association (NPA) will hold its annual award ceremony this month, recognizing outstanding contributions to the industry, including Informa Exhibitions&rsquo; Jon Benninger.</p>

WASHINGTON—The Natural Products Association (NPA) will hold its annual award ceremony this month, recognizing outstanding contributions to the industry, including Informa Exhibitions’ Jon Benninger. The ceremony will be held during Natural Products Expo East on September 17 at 9:30 a.m. at the Baltimore Convention Center in room 310.

“This year’s crop of winners represents the awards program’s longstanding tradition of honoring top-tier professionals in the natural products industry," said Daniel Fabricant, Ph.D., NPA CEO. “Their passion, dedication and hard work are in step with the association’s mission of securing natural products for all, and we look forward to continuing to support and collaborate with all who strive to further the growth of and access to natural products."

The recipients of the six awards are as follows: Howard Wainer, owner of WholeFoods Magazine and recipient of the President’s Award; Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D., fellow of the Association for Clinical Biochemistry and American College of Nutrition and recipient of Burton Kallman Scientific Award; Anne Kapuscinski, Sherman Fairchild distinguished professor of sustainability science at Dartmouth College and recipient of the Rachel Carson Environmental Award; Elwood Richard, founder and former president of NOW Foods and recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award; Jon Benninger, vice president of Informa Exhibitions’ Health and Nutrition Network, which includes Natural Products INSIDER, Food Product Design, and the SupplySide brand franchise, and recipient of the Industry Champion Award; Jay Jacobowitz, president and founder of Retail Insights, member of several NPA committees and recipient of the Industry Champion Award; and Services Foods, NPA member company and recipient of the Socially Responsible Retailer Award.

Last year, NPA also led a good manufacturing practice (GMP) seminar at Expo East.

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