I’m stoked to announce that Informa’s Health & Nutrition’s Network has four finalists in the min Editorial & Design Awards, two of which are from INSIDER. Min’s Editorial & Design Awards honor excellence in content and design among consumer, business-to-business (B2B) and specialized information media brands.
Our nominations are:
- Print/Online Coverage of a Single Topic: Natural Products INSIDER–20th Anniversary of DSHEA
- Special Site/Microsite (with continuous content): Natural Products INSIDER–Dietary Supplement GMP Quality and Compliance Center
- Digital Magazine Edition: SupplySide Boardroom Journal—A World Without Hidden Hunger
- Website Redesign—Food Product Design
We’re up against prestigious brands in these categories, including Time, People, HuffPost, Architectural Digest, Better Homes and Gardens and Consumer Reports, which humbles us, but also makes us proud to be recognized with such leaders in consumer and B2B publications.
As many of our readers are aware, INSIDER has been celebrating the 20th anniversary of DSHEA (the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994) online and in print by digging deeper into the law from the fight to pass it to its effects, potential threats and ways the law may be amended. These efforts grabbed us a nomination for min’s Print/Online Coverage of a Single Topic Award. All of INSIDER’s online DSHEA assets—including digital issues, infographics and videos are housed in our DSHEA 20th Anniversary Immersion Center, which gives readers a central location to view all the information on how the law effects the industry. The DSHEA Immersion Center is underwritten by the United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA), Alkemist Labs and Natural Factors.
In INSIDER’s 2014 print issues, we’re taking a long-term view of DSHEA. In March/April, senior editor Steve Myers’ article “The Dietary Supplement Industry Stands on its own Merits explains how DSHEA established many great foundations for industry, but its overall effect has been mixed due to slow implementation and enforcement. In a complementary article also in March/April print, Steve Mister, the president and CEO of the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), wrote, “What DSHEA is Missing: Carrots," giving his opinion that DSHEA should be revised to allow legally compliant companies to tout their demonstrated quality and safety procedures. “The Miracle of DSHEA" by Josh Long in INSIDER’s May/June print issue gives the harrowing tales of the waning days in the 1994 session of Congress, when it seemed as though DSHEA was destined to die. In July/August print, Myers warns the industry that the biggest threats DSHEA may come from within: from supplement companies with poor quality products, illegal claims or fractured goals in the article “The Dangers Within."
INSIDER’s Dietary Supplement GMP Quality and Compliance Center, which was nominated for min’s Special Site/Microsite Award, was designed to help supplement brands further their education on GMPs (good manufacturing practices), meet regulations and go beyond the basics to supply safe, quality products. INSIDER partnered with NSF International, a world-wide organization that offers third-party GMP audits and certifications for supplement companies, to bring this microsite to the audience of supplement manufacturers, distributors and marketers.
It is a great honor to be editor in chief of a publication that is recognized for doing excellent work. The editorial staff that supports INSIDER and the Health & Nutrition Network at Informa are top notch, and we could not do it without the help of our brilliant art department, marketing services department or our executive team.
The awards will be announced on Nov. 19, and if we win, I’ll be the first to let you know. In the meantime, check out some of the award-nominating products we offer; I trust you’ll see why we were recognized.