NPA Industry Champion Award presented to AAK USA Inc. - AAK

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On behalf of AAK USA Inc, Personal Care business, John O’Keefe accepted the Natural Products Association Industry Champion Award. The award recognizes AAK for continued development of new functional ingredients and sustainable solutions.

The award recognizes notable contributions to the natural products industry above and beyond commercial success. The award ceremony took place in Baltimore, Maryland on September 16.

NPA CEO Daniel Fabricant, Ph.D. said of the NPA Award winners: “The Natural Products Association has a long history of excellence and this year’s crop of winners represents the best the industry has to offer. 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.”

Dr. Corey Hilmas, M.D., Ph.D. Senior Vice President of Scientific & Regulatory Affairs said about AAK Personal Care’s contribution:  “AAK has shown that they are not in business to just make natural products but also to advance technology to make natural products that are also sustainable. AAK’s development with Lipex SheaLight proves that AAK is deserving of this award.”

John O’Keefe, Director of Sales, Personal Care at AAK USA Inc., comments on the award as follows: “It is an honor to be selected for the NPA Industry Champion Award for our contribution to functional and sustainable technology for natural products. The NPA’s long history of leadership and advocacy within the natural products industry continues to guide and inspire companies to reach higher and achieve more. AAK is pleased to be recognized as working within this spirit of achievement, creating new opportunities for progress within the industry and segments we service.”



For further information, please contact:
John O’Keefe, Director of Personal Care, AAK USA
Phone: +1 (973) 741-5009 (Direct phone), +1 (973) 652-5822 (Cell)

Rita Leissner, Marketing Manager, AAK Personal Care
Phone: +46 454 82425 (Direct phone), +46 708 212 425 (Cell)




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