American Herbal Products Association

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The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) is a trade association for the herbal products industry. Members of AHPA are domestic and foreign companies doing business as growers, processors, manufacturers and marketers of herbs and herbal products. AHPA was founded in 1982 and is based in Silver Spring, Maryland. In 2009 it took over the mission of the Yerba Mate Association of the Americas.

Yerba Mate Association of the Americas[edit]

The Yerba Mate Association of the Americas (YMAA) was an association of scientists, companies, consumers, and others with an interest in yerba maté and mate, a beverage that is brewed from it. It was founded in 2006.[1]

The association's threefold mission is to advance the scientific understanding of yerba mate, to educate the public about the many benefits of yerba mate, and to increase the number of people who try and enjoy yerba mate. It engages in these activities to advance that mission:

  • Supporting scientific and medical studies of yerba mate[2]
  • Providing scientifically based health information about yerba mate
  • Providing information about the culinary merits of yerba mate
  • Providing expertise on regulatory issues that pertain to yerba mate
  • Maintaining a website that allows convenient access to scientific and regulatory information

As of November 2008, the YMAA web site included over 25 full-text journal articles about yerba mate.[3]

On Wednesday, May 27, 2009, it was agreed among the YMAA members to dissolve the organization and continue to advance its mission via a new committee formed under the American Herbal Products Association.[4]


  1. ^ Coit, Michael (September 12, 2006). "Energy drink business expands Guayakí projects $5 million in sales with yerba mate drink". The Press Democrat. Archived from the original on 2012-09-25. Retrieved 2009-11-01.  Excerpt: "Earlier this year, Karr helped establish the Yerba Mate Association of the Americas to promote the drink as an everyday beverage much like coffee or tea."
  2. ^ "Investigadores de Estados Unidos estudiarán la yerba mate". June 25, 2007. Retrieved 2009-11-01. 
  3. ^ "Research & Studies". YMAA. Retrieved 2008-11-27. 
  4. ^ "Dissolution". Nativa Yerba Mate. Retrieved 2009-06-23. 
  • Norr, Serena (October 1, 2008). "Yerba mate--new trends, old traditions: Part I". Tea & Coffee Trade Journal. Retrieved 2009-11-01.  Excerpt: "According to David Karr, Yerba Mate Association of the Americas chairman, president and co-founder of Guayaki Yerba Mate, Yerba mate was first used by the indigenous people who lived as hunter gatherers/foragers in the Atlantic forest."

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