AHPA membership increases more than 12 percent with 45 new members in 2014

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AHPA membership increases more than 12 percent with 45 new members in 2014

AHPA welcomes 17 new members this quarter

Published: Thursday, September 4, 2014

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA), the global trade association and voice of the herbal products industry, has announced it has added 17 new members during the third quarter, for a total of 45 new member companies joining in 2014 -- a 12 percent increase in membership this year.

AHPA's newest members represent diverse sectors of the botanical industry, including herbal ingredient suppliers, international retailers and contract manufacturers, product distributors, analytical laboratories, industry service providers and companies pioneering the burgeoning medicinal cannabis industry.

"AHPA members clearly understand the benefits of membership our organization and the need to work together," said Michael McGuffin, AHPA president. "Those benefits include everything from networking, keeping abreast of current trends and events, to self-regulation, and advocacy on critical policy issues and education."

New AHPA members include:Amway, one of the world's largest direct selling businesses, offers consumer products and business opportunities that supported by a global agribusiness, manufacturing and logistics supply chain; Botanical Legal Defense,dedicated to fighting over-reaching government criminalization of certain botanicals; Brooke Law Group,a general civil litigation law firm that has a growing specialty niche in California civil cannabis law; including business formation, contracts, cannabis related lawsuits, collective defense, and more; Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, a full service law firm with highly successful Food and Drug Administration Practice; Elite Bio Labs,a contract manufacturer of dietary supplements; Five Flavor Herbs, amanufacturer of high-quality herbal products that blend Western and Chinese traditions since 2007; Grimaldi Law Offices, a provider of high value, cost-effective litigation defense, compliance counseling and advocacy services for businesses of all sizes facing chemical and product regulatory challenges; Grow Emerging Companies LLC,a consulting firm that provides a range of expertise in obtaining government funding for emerging and established firms across the nation; Healthy Healing,a natural products industry pioneer whose philosophy is based on a natural, holistic method of healing which helps people feel better through self-help information, diet, exercise and natural supplements; Herb Lore International Inc.,a parent company of Herb Lore Etheric Light Essentials and has created and manufactured all-organic and some bio-dynamic herbal products; Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP,a nationally recognized law firm providing FDA-regulated companies of all sizes with an integrated efficient approach to navigating federal and state laws; Kiss Me Organics,an importer, wholesaler and retailer for organic herbal products; Madsen Consultants,a Nevada-based analytical laboratory; Medical Marijuana Institute,founded in 2013 to educate, advocate for, and support the medical marijuana industry; PlantaMex,a company incorporated in Mexico since 1982, specializing in the international trade of aromatic and medicinal plants, seeds, spices, and extracts; PSC Distribution,the world's premiere distributor of a novel line of embryonic plant extracts; Stanley Brothers Social Enterprises Inc.,licensed by the Colorado Deptartment of Agriculture for commercial hemp and research with registered proprietary hemp strains with the state.

The American Herbal Products Associationis, comprised of more than 300 domestic and foreign companies doing business as growers, processors, manufacturers, and marketers of herbs and herbal products. Founded in 1982, AHPA's mission is to promote the responsible commerce of herbal products.

There are two categories of AHPA membership. Active membersare directly engaged in growing, supplying, importing/exporting, processing, manufacturing, or marketing herbs or other botanicals or herbal products.Associate Membersare individuals and entities that provide services to active members, including researchers, educators, consultants, attorneys, health professionals andthe media.

For a complete list of AHPA member companies, visit AHPA's online member directory. Additional information about joining AHPA is available online or by Haley Chitty at 301-588-1171 ext. 104.