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Leaders in natural retail, research, supplements, personal care and specialty foods were among those recognized at the second annual Hall of Legends induction ceremony at Natural Products Expo West / Engredea earlier this month in Anaheim, Calif.
The Hall of Legends celebrates those individuals who have made significant contributions to the development and evolution of the natural, organic and healthy living industry. Those receiving this award have shown unyielding entrepreneurial spirits, a passion to inherently define natural products, a sense of community and unwavering dedication to health. These individuals have made this industry viable for decades, and one that has bucked conventional economic lulls.
"We have the opportunity to work in such a wonderful, contributing industry, and we owe so much of who we are, to these legends," said Len Monheit, executive director of Engredea. "To be able to recognize them in this way, to celebrate their passion and commitment — it's the tie between our industry legacy and how each and every one of us can craft the future. It's inspiring."
The 2013 Hall of Legends inductees are:
- Patricia Bragg, Bragg Live Food Products
- John Christopher, Christopher Herbs & Nature's Way
- Randy Dennin, Capsugel, IADSA
- Doug Greene, Founder, New Hope Natural Media
- Senator Tom Harkin, DSHEA
- Hass Hassan, Alfalfa's, Greenmont, Madhava
- Michael McGuffin, AHPA
- George Siemon, CEO, Organic Valley
- Ratana and Arran Stephens, Founders, Nature's Path
Video highlights of the Hall of Legends are available online.
Natural Products Expo West / Engredea, has been the leading natural, organic, functional ingredients and healthy living tradeshow since its inception more than 31 years ago. Natural Products Expo West is produced by New Hope Natural Media, a Penton business.