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UNPA welcomes Natural Partners, KGK Synergize & PerkinElmer as new members

24-Jul-2014
Last updated the 24-Jul-2014 at 16:46 GMT
UNPA welcomes Natural Partners, KGK Synergize & PerkinElmer as new members
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The United Natural Products Alliance has welcomed KGK Synergize and PerkinElmer as new science and technology services members, while Natural Partners joins as an executive member.

Natural Partners Inc. is a distribution service for the practitioner channel, and provides a one-stop shop for more than 14,000 premium products. The company represents 130 manufacturers.

“Natural Partners’ long-term and steadfast efforts to support and educate practitioners, including those moving from a traditional medical practice toward integrative medicine, is invaluable to the supplement industry,” said Loren Israelsen, UNPA president. “Ensuring that these practitioners gain efficient access to products that are well studied and of the highest quality is integral to the future of the industry overall.”

PerkinElmer Inc. is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of analytical instruments and detection solutions. The company reported 2013 revenues of $2.2 billion, employs about 7,600 people and operates in more than 150 countries.

“PerkinElmer’s products can be found in the quality assurance labs of almost all of the leading dietary supplement companies around the world,” said Israelsen. “UNPA supports the company’s robust educational programs and believes that PerkinElmer’s membership will greatly expand the detection and testing resources available to our members and to the industry.”

KGK Synergize is contract research and product development provider. It operates two divisions, a Contract Research Services (CRS) division and a New Product Development division. The New Product Development division implements screening techniques to develop nutraceutical and functional food products to the point where they are ready to market. The CRS division provides a wide range of research studies to third-party organizations.  

“As the leading Canadian contract research organization, KGK Synergize has witnessed the importance of UNPA to the natural products industry over the past 23 years,” said Najla Guthrie, KGK Synergize president and CEO. “We look forward to partnering with UNPA and continuing to support and advance its mission.”

“Product safety, efficacy and claims substantiation are central to meeting consumer expectations and satisfaction,” said Israelsen. “KGK Synergize has proven itself to be a North American leader in bringing science, safety and research technologies to the natural products industry.”

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