The founder of Vitabiotics has been honoured with the HFMA’s Maurice Hanssen Award of Honour.
The Health Food Manufacturers’ Association announced Dr Kartar Lalvani OBE as the deserving winner of this year’s accolade for his passion and innovation in helping to shape the industry throughout his professional life.
Kartar came to the UK in 1956, graduating from the Chelsea College of Pharmacy, before gaining his doctorate from Bonn University. He founded Vitabiotics in 1971, launching Omega-H3 capsules, one of the first truly comprehensive multivitamins, and the first supplement from the company.
This is not the first accolade for Karter; he has previously been awarded the OBE for services to healthcare and his extensive and varied charity work, including Wellbeing of Women, BLISS, The National Osteoporosis Society, and The British Heart Foundation. He is a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, and Honorary Professor of leading French University, Franche Comté, part of Europe’s oldest 900 year-old medical institute in Besançon.
HFMA Executive Director, Graham Keen, commented: “In our 50th anniversary year, the HFMA Council was unanimous in its choice of this year’s very worthy winner. Kartar, who is now well into his 80s, shows no sign of slowing down or reducing his support or great passion for the industry that he clearly loves so much.”
Kartar added: “I am deeply grateful and humbled to receive this great honour and would like to thank the HFMA for its kind consideration and recognition. It indeed means a great deal to me personally to receive such a prestigious award, especially in this 50th anniversary year of the HFMA and from the industry that I care so passionately about. Thank you once again and the very best of luck to the HFMA for the next 50 years!”