Nordic Naturals, industry leader in fish oil supplementation, announced in early February the opening of its new corporate headquarters in Watsonville, California. It is the first LEED Gold green building in Santa Cruz County registered with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) project. The LEED Green Building Rating System™ is a third-party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings. The LEED program promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality.

The new 118,000 square feet headquarters, a light industrial building enjoys an exterior design ofmulti-gabled facades and bright colors inspired by Norwegian fishing villages, homeland of Joar Opheim, Nordic Naturals founder and CEO. Recently Nordic Naturals® new eco-friendly headquarters also renewed its dietary supplement good manufacturing practices (GMP) certification from NSF International, as per the NSF/ANSI Standard 173-2008, Dietary Supplements, Section 8. Nordic Naturals’ Ultimate Omega® Sport is the first omega-3 fish oil to be included in the NSF Certified for Sport® Program, known as the NSF Athletic Banned Substances Certification program.

Since 1995, Nordic Naturals has established a reputation for efficacy, potency, freshness, taste and sustainability. It distributes to over 20 countries on six continents with over 150 products in a variety of flavors, concentrations, and delivery forms. Nordic Naturals fish oils and EFA blends are not extracted from fish meal sardines or anchovies, but from Artic cod from sustainable fishing. Nordic Naturals® has received a number of awards. Most recently it received three 2011 Vity Awards for products and promotions from Vitamin Retailer Magazine, honoring the natural supplement industry’s best-selling products based on a US nationwide survey of health food stores. The awards are for the Best EFA Supplement—Omega-3; Tie for Best Children’s Health Supplement—Nordic™ Berries and Best Sales & Specials—Line Drives. According to a company statement Nordic Naturals products are regularly chosen by independent research institutions and universities with 14 published scientific studies already completed and more than 30 currently underway.