95% of natural products businesses applying for paycheck protection loans rejected

April 22, 2020

The average loan requested by respondents was $145,354 and ranged from $6,000 to $1.5 million. The total amount of loans requested by respondents was $8,285,186.

A new survey of natural products businesses by the Natural Products Association (NPA; Washington, D.C.) revealed 95% of respondents who applied for a small business loan through the Paycheck Protection Program did not receive one. Furthermore, 88% of respondents said they would reapply for a loan once there are additional resources available. NPA will conduct an additional survey once a new round of small business loans is made available.

The average loan requested by respondents was $145,354 and ranged from $6,000 to $1.5 million. The total amount of loans requested by respondents was $8,285,186.

“Our members have stayed open as essential businesses, but have clearly not been immune to the shock of this crisis,” said Daniel Fabricant, PhD, president and CEO of NPA, in a press release. “As the country moves toward reopening in the coming weeks and months, we must ensure that health food stores and supplement manufacturers play a role in the rebuilding process and continue to provide Americans with products that support their health. We look forward to continuing to work with the Administration, governors, and lawmakers during this crisis and recovery.”

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently declared health food stores and supplement manufacturers to be essential during the COVID-19 public health crisis. Health food stores provide a wide range of essential products, including, water, electrolytes, nutritional supplements, healthy food options, and other health-related products such as hand sanitizer.