Canada's business magazine for traditional natural health retailers

Canada's business magazine for traditional natural health retailers

CHFA East marks beginning of Fall

As summer comes to a close, the industry is ramping up for one of the busiest times of the year.  CHFA East (Sept. 17-20) usually marks the unofficial start of Fall, and the team at CNHR and Natural SKU Preview publications has started working on the CNHR November/December issue.  This will be a very exciting issue with lots going on, including our show wrap-up, news and photos from the show floor and related events, a report on the newest products to hit the market, and winners of the CHFA awards. 

Top retailer recognized

In addition, we will also be congratulating the recipient of the Brock Elliott Award for Excellence in Retailing.  You can be involved in this: it is an excellent way to show support for your customer (or potential customer!)  A few words of congratulations along with your logo is only $450.Regular great feature writers
The issue will also feature our wonderful stable of columnists and contributors, and we will be featuring one of the country’s top natural health retailer. 

Send us your company news


As always, please send me your industry news for our Trade Talk section.  It is one of our highest read departments and is a vital part of the link between you and retailers.  This is where you can keep your existing and potential customers updated on your new products, new staff, new website, new promotions, etc….  Deadline is September 9.  This is a FREE service.

Deadlines for November/December 2015

Editorial – September 9

Ad space reservation – September 23

Product Profile submission – September 26
(free with ad placement 1/3rd or larger)

Ad material due – September 30

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Two classic stores in two classic towns

Two classic stores in two classic towns

Brendan Davidson grew up in a health food store.  That fact may have something to do with him currently owning two of his own.

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CHFA East: September 17 to 20, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building

CHFA East: September 17 to 20, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building

Summer may be winding down but the industry is just gearing up for what is sure to be the best CHFA East to-date.

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Aura Cacia amber glass bottles let consumers DIY

Aura Cacia amber glass bottles let consumers DIY

Aura Cacia is pleased to be supporting consumers with easy ways to make safe and natural personal care at home using essential oils.

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BioK+ Vanilla in stores now

The long-awaited Bio-K Plus Vanilla Probiotic arrived in stores as of August 1st. 

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Alice Chung wins RBC top entrepreneur award

Alice Chung wins RBC top entrepreneur award

Alice Chung, the owner of Alive Health Centre in British Columbia, recently won the RBC Top Entrepreneur Award.   Alice, who also owns Supplements Plus in Toronto and Morning Sun in Alberta, was also recognized as one of Canada’s Top 25 Immigrants for 2015.

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Carlson introducing Ceylon Cinnamon at CHFA East

Carlson Laboratories is giving CHFA East attendees the first look at Ceylon Cinnamon, its newest product launch into the Canadian market.

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Foodsmiths marks 10 years of BYOB program: has raised over $50,000 for charity since 2005

Foodsmiths marks 10 years of BYOB program:  has raised over $50,000 for charity since 2005

Foodsmiths in Perth, ON held a summer-long celebration (July1-Aug. 31) to mark the10th Anniversary of the store’s BYOB (Bring your own Bag) program.

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Genuine Health re-formulates pain relief line, adds Biovaflex

Genuine Health re-formulates pain relief line, adds Biovaflex

Genuine Health has re-formulated and re-launched fast pain relief+, fast arthritis pain relief+ and fast joint care+, three of its natural products used to combat pain and swelling.

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New look for Natracare nursing pads

New look for Natracare nursing pads

Natracare Nursing Pads have been re-launched in new packaging, alongside Natracare post-birth Maternity pads and the award winning Natracare organic Baby Wipes.

For more information, please visit www.natracare.com.  •

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Pre-Show Buzz for CHFA East

Alpha Health Booth 415

Alpha Health is bringing a heat safe cooking oil to the market. This product is exclusive to natural health stores. Distributed through Alpha Health & Purity Life.

Andalou Booth 1803

100% Non-GMO Project Verified face, body and hair care with fruit stem cell science for clinically proven, age-defying results.   

Aura Cacia Booth 1642

Come and see new and innovative ideas for you to grow essential oil sales. We will be displaying our new shelf and floor stand units for DIY merchandising.

biokplus Booth 321

Drop by and get your FREE sample of our new Bio-K+ Vanilla drink!

Bragg Booth 2052

Visit Bragg Booth 2052 for limited supply samples/Bragg bags & meet Patricia Bragg! Find Patricia at our distributors’ booths, too!

CHFA Booth 1100

Retailers are invited to visit CHFA booth 1100 for a chance to win an Apple Watch

CLM Booth 1605

Come see the new Allimax Gel, 60’s size and to qualify for our Allimax Umbrella!

CNHR Booth 1335

CNHR’s popular Photo Wall is back…shots from the past year’s issues and events on display…some never before seen!

Ecoideas Booth 1247

Don’t miss Ecoideas’ newest innovative products at this year’s CHFA. Also in store: new packaging, samples and prizes!

Eden Foods Booth 306

Visit Eden Foods at CHFA East and see our wonderful organic food offering.

Flavorall Booth 823

Flavorall, a Canadian stevia brand with 15 different flavours is excited to partner with Tony Waters Agencies for sales in the grocery channel across Canada. 

Harvest Best Cereal Booth 401-600

Come visit us in the Marsham aisle to sample our line of Non-GMO Project Verified cereals and find amazing show specials.

Homeocan and Mustela  Booth 1923

Stop by Homeocan and Mustela booth 1923 and see fall and winter products that will grow your business.

L’Ancetre Booth 320

Come taste two new products, launching early 2016: St-Gregoire Organic Cheddar and Organic Smoked Cheddar.

Mettrum Originals Booth 846

Come and visit Mettrum Originals in Booth 846 and discover more about nature’s original super food – hemp!

N8ked Brands Inc. Booth 1940  

Come visit us for fun, food, free giveaways, contests and order incentives. 

Natracare Booth 1805

Our Nursing Pads have been re-launched in new packaging, alongside our post-birth Maternity pads and organic Baby Wipes.

Natural Factors Booth 1203

Natural Factors is launching three new products:  Super Mushroom Immune & Energy Formula, Garcina Cambogia and Berberine.

Omega7 Sea Buckthorn Booth 1003

Drop by for free samples, Omega7 pens and super hydrating Omega7 Sea Buckthorn oil lip balms (while supplies last).

Organika Booth 1317

Come join Organika as we celebrate our 25th anniversary by introducing 4 BRAND NEW products and amazing show specials. 

PASCOE Canada Booth 408

Come to visit and meet our knowledgeable and friendly sales team, get your free sample and enjoy our great booth special!

Platinum Naturals Booth 903

Stop by our booth to take advantage of our show specials, take home some giveaways and see our great new look!

Preferred Nutrition Booth 706

Receive CASH BACK, FREE Book signings and meet W. Gifford-Jones MD, Marita Schauch ND, Brad King, Jack Davidson and Maca George!

Purity Life Booth 1936

Meet plant sterol expert Stephen Wicks from South Africa to learn more about immune modulator Moducare.

St. Francis Herb Farm Booth 2034

St. Francis is launching a topical chest rub. See us for more details on the newest addition to our cold and flu season line-up.

Sarafino Booth 138

Sarafino is proud to introduce its new line of organic and fair trade chocolates, soda syrups, spices, herbs and salts. 

SOW GOOD Booth 2050 


Stop by and experience our NPA certified line of natural fragrances and bath and body care products. 


Strauss Booth 2422

Strauss is going to distribute directly to its accounts and will not be using distributors anymore.  Drop by to learn more.

Vitalite Quebec Booth 1609

The publisher of the leading French health, nutrition and fitness magazines, Vitalite Quebec and Fitness Quebec, is proudly celebrating 20 years of printing Vitalite.

Vitargo Booth 536

Get to know Vitargo, a multi-patented carbohydrate fraction taken from non-GMO starch, and is sugar and gluten-free. 

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NHP Week scheduled for November 2 to 8

Dozens of retailers and suppliers of natural health products across Canada are preparing for Natural Health Products Week (NHP Week), taking place November 2 to 8. This year, the Canadian Health Food Association’s (CHFA) initiatives will focus on continuing to educate Canadians on the benefits of NHPs by developing a positive and engaging campaign.

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WhiteWave acquires Vega

Vega has agreed to be acquired by WhiteWave, one of the world’s leading makers of plant-based foods and beverages. The transaction is designed to create further opportunities for growth, making plant-based nutrition more accessible.

“As a pioneer in the plant-based movement, we’ve introduced Vega to a core loyal fan base and we are confident that WhiteWave will provide us with the expertise and resources to further realize our vision of empowering the world to thrive through clean, plant-based nutrition,” said Charles Chang, president and founder of Vega. •

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Mettrum purchases Hempola: re-brands as Mettrum Originals

Hempola – one of the first hemp companies in Canada – has now been re-branded as Mettrum Originals. 

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Allergen free aromatherapy pastilles

Allergen free aromatherapy pastilles

These aromatherapy pastilles from St. Claires are made of pure essential oils and herbal extracts in a base of organic molasses granules.  Produced in a dedicated allergen-free facility. Distributed by Sproutmaster.  www.sproutmaster.com info@sproutmaster.com

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Organic breath mints and herbal candies

Organic breath mints and herbal candies
St. Claires’s Organics Breath Mints and Herbal Candies are sweetened with organic molasses granules.  Flavoured with pure
essential oils and herbal extracts. Coloured with fruits, vegetables and herbs. Produced in a dedicated allergen-free facility.
Distributed by Sproutmaster.
www.sproutmaster.com info@sproutmaster.com
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Avril opens new store in Quebec City

Avril opens new store in Quebec City

With great fanfare and many friends and industry colleagues in attendance, Avril Supermarché Santé opened its first store in the Québec City region (Levis, QC) on May 27.

According to Avril, the 20, 000 square foot Levis store becomes the largest of its kind in the region and represents an investment of $4 million. Like its Brossard, Granby and Longueuil locations, it offers organic and natural products, fine grocery, local and gluten-free products, certified organic fruit and vegetables, natural supplements and vitamins, natural and organic cosmetics.

Dining options include the Avril Café with 60 seats, offering breakfast, a daily menu, a sandwich and salad bar, smoothies and a delicious selection of desserts and snacks.  The first Crudessence counter in the Quebec City region offers organic, raw food.

Sylvie Senay and Rolland Tanguay, owners of the other three Avril Supermarché Santé stores, are the initiators of this project. “For a few years now, the people of the Québec region have been requesting
 a store through our website,” says Sylvie. “We noticed during Expo Manger Santé that the people of Quebec are aware of the importance of a healthy lifestyle.”

 “We offer a 100 per cent healthy and natural alternative to traditional supermarkets,” added Rolland.  •

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John Holtmann golf event raises funds for Vitamin Angels

John Holtmann golf event  raises funds for Vitamin Angels

The 4th Annual John Holtmann Memorial Golf Tournament was a great success.  “CHFA was thrilled to take the lead in organizing the event this year,” said CHFA president Helen Long. “Thanks to all our sponsors and golfers, we were able to make a significant contribution to the Vitamin Angels.  We would like to thank everyone that participated in the event and helped to make it a wonderful and successful day.” 

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CHFA East in Toronto September 17 to 20

CHFA East is just around the corner. “While we don't want to wish away the summer, the excitement is building for this much anticipated event,” said Judy Sharpe, director, trade shows and conferences for CHFA. 

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Finlandia: over 40 years of offering its customers “health without drugs”

Finlandia: over 40 years of offering its customers “health without drugs”

Finlandia Pharmacy and Natural Health Centre was founded in 1974. The vision of pharmacist Harlan Lahti, Finlandia has stood the test of time.  It was a unique business when it opened, and continues to be to this date, offering customers and clients a vast selection of products, the benefits of a compounding pharmacy and a multitude of professional services.

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CNHR News Podcast

cnhr radio hour

News, Views and Happenings in the world of Canadian Natural Health.

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July/August Issue

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It is the once-a-year issue of CNHR where we turn the spotlight on to our industry suppliers. We share your stories of innovation, determination and creativity in bringing your products to market. It is the opportunity for suppliers to show and tell how they support the natural health retailers.

What is the "deal?"

It is our best offer of the year: When you buy a full or half page ad, you get a FREE full or half page to tell your company’s story. In this issue, our editorial is your company story.

Contact: Candace Sicari - candace@cnhr.ca or Katherine Stevens - kstevens@cnhr.ca

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