David Adams receives top industry award

The Health Food Manufacturers’ Association (HFMA) has announced David Adams as the winner of this year’s Maurice Hanssen Award of Honour in recognition of “his dedication and passion for the natural products industry”.

A formal presentation of the Award was made at the HFMA’s Annual General Meeting on 1 June.

Adams worked in this industry for 15 years, and for half of that time he became synonymous with the HFMA and its activities. As director from 2003 to 2008, he helped continue the modernisation of the HFMA to the thriving organisation that exists today.

Earlier in his career he was managing director of both Nature’s Best/Lamberts Healthcare and Dietary Specialities Ltd and, when those companies were acquired by Booker plc in 1987, he subsequently became marketing & sales director at Booker Nutritional Products.

After his retirement as full-time director of the HFMA in 2008, Adams continued to work in the new role of special projects director with particular focus on issues relating to the Food Supplements Directive and Nutrition and Health Claims Regulation, before becoming the Association’s first regulatory adviser.

HFMA Chair, Robert Taylor said, “I could not imagine a more fitting and appropriate winner of the 2015 Maurice Hanssen Award of Honour than David Adams. He has worked tirelessly on behalf of the HFMA and its members, and we have greatly valued his wise advice and guidance over the years.”

David Adams commented, “I’m delighted to receive this Award which recognises the considerable progress achieved by the HFMA team. During my time as director, I was particularly fortunate to be supported not only by the HFMA chairs and Council but also by the very effective and helpful officials working at the HFMA office.”

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