National Animal Supplement Council hosted its 2nd annual awards gala on May 10, in La Jolla, California, USA, where companies were celebrated for extraordinary efforts in quality education and improving the standards of the animal health supplement industry.
At the gala, a Lifetime Achievement award was presented to Frank Ballard, president of HBH, a specialty pet co-manufacturer. Ballard helped to set up the framework of the National Animal Supplement Council to operate as the nonprofit trade organization it is today.
"If it had not been for Frank's business expertise, we may not have NASC today," said Bill Bookout, chairman of the board. "He held the larger vision above the interests of his company, jumping in without reservation and dedicating his time to get us up and running accordingly."
Wells Fargo Insurance Services USA received a MVP Supplier Award at the gala for developing a program that provides discounts for the council's members on product liability insurance. Recipients of the Visibility Award included 22 member companies that were honored for promoting the council's goals and Quality Seal in all aspects of their business: Arenus, Emerald Valley Natural Health Inc., FoodScience Corporation, Foxden Equine Inc., The Garmon Corporation, GNC, Grand Meadows Nutritional Products Inc., Gulf Coast Nutritionals Inc., Herbsmith Inc., HorseTech Inc., In Clover, Kemin Industries, Majesty's Animal Nutrition, Med-Vet Pharmaceuticals, Nutri-Vet, Rainbow Light Nutritional Systems Inc., Response Products, Richdel Inc., Silver Lining Herbs, SOURCE Inc., Uckele Health and Nutrition Inc., and Vets Plus Inc.
Public meetings invited comments and provided updates
The mid-year meeting addressed several regulatory matters affecting petfoods
Committees discussed key proposals such as a possible shift in the oversight of animal feeds
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Company attributes increase to strong sales in dry petfoods, pet snacks
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