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Richard Family 2015

Front Row: Betty, Elwood, Lou, Sally
Back Row: Mike, Dan, Dave, Sarah, Beth, Sharon

NOW is still family owned as it has been from the beginning. El Richard started the company in 1968 and the entire family has contributed to the success of NOW.

Celebrating over 45 Years of Empowering Healthier Lives

In 1968, NOW Foods was founded under the belief that good health was not a luxury available only to the wealthy. For the past forty-five years, we have made it our life's work to offer health food and nutritional supplements of the highest quality, at prices that are fair and affordable to all those who seek them. 

Today, NOW Foods is one of the top-selling brands in health foods stores, an award-winning manufacturer, a respected advocate of the natural product industry, and a leader in the fields of nutritional science and methods development. And while we have grown considerably over the past four decades, one thing has never changed – our commitment to providing products and services that empower people to lead healthier lives.

Here are some milestones in the history of NOW Foods.About Us : History : El Trade Show 1970.jpg

1948 – Paul Richard purchased Fearn Soya Foods from estate of close friend Dr. Charles E. Fearn

1962 – First retail store opened by Elwood Richard in Elmhurst, IL

1968 – NOW Foods founded by Elwood Richard - 4500 sq ft within Fearn Soya

1974 – Al Powers joins NOW Foods

1975 – Retail stores adopt the name "Fruitful Yield"

1978 – NOW expands operations and moves to 7,000 sq. ft. Villa Park location

1983 – NOW introduces Max EPA, within 2 years sales catapult to an all time high.

1985 – Dan Richard joins NOW Foods and upgrades labels and catalogue.

About Us : History : DanRpopcorn.jpg1988 – NOW moves into a 12,000 sq. foot facility in Glendale Heights.

1991 – HealthCo, NOW's International division, is launched by David Richard.

1993 – NOW celebrates 25 years in business.

1994 – NOW expands again, to Mitchell Road location in Glendale Heights (45,000 sq. ft.).

1995 – Jim Emme joins NOW Foods as Plant Manager

1998 – NOW moves into state-of-the-art 203,000 sq. foot facility in Bloomingdale
           (project led by Lou Richard)

1999 – NOW wins an unprecedented 32 Vity Awards

2000 – NOW earns GMP certification, assigned A rating, and is certified Organic. 

2000 – NOW purchases Puresource in Guelph, Ontario.

2003 – NOW is named Manufacturer of the Year, by Nutrition Industry Exec.

2003 – NOW opens shipping facility in Sparks, NVAbout Us : History : AlPbooth.jpg

2005 – Elwood Richard retires - Al Powers named president

2005 – NOW acquires Burnham Labs, in-house manufacturing of personal care

2006 – NOW becomes the 1st for-profit business in DuPage Co. to fly the Earth Flag

2007 – NOW honored by NBJ for “Efforts on Behalf of Industry”, and “Educational Initiatives”

2007 – NOW purchases ICP-MS machine for the advanced testing of heavy metals

2008 – NOW celebrates its 40th Anniversary 

2008 – NOW named the #1 selling brand in the natural channel according to SPINScan Natural

2009 – NOW expands adding 45,000 sq. feet of manufacturing and laboratory space

2012 – NOW builds and moves into new 130,00 square foot Sparks, NV facility 

2012 – NOW’s President, Al Powers, is promoted to Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NOW Health Group, Inc.

2012 – NOW’s Chief Operations Officer Jim Emme is promoted to President of NOW Foods

2012 – NOW moves into its new corporate headquarters at 244 Knollwood Drive in Bloomingdale, Illinois

2013 – NOW celebrates its 45th anniversary

2013 – NOW’s new Sparks, Nevada facility is LEED Silver Certified by the U.S. Green Building Council

2013 – NOW wins 6th consecutive Chicago 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For award

2014 – NOW Health Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Al Powers retires

2014 – NOW Health Group President Jim Emme is promoted to Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

2014 – NOW wins 7th consecutive Chicago 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For award

2014 – NOW wins first National 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For award

2014 – NOW founder Elwood Richard honored with the Natural Product Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award

2014 – NOW recognized as a “Founding Supporter” by Vitamin Angels for 20 years of support

2015 – Former President and CEO Al Powers inducted into the Industry Hall of Legends

2015 – New supplement label design introduced

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