Canada's business magazine for traditional natural health retailers

Canada's business magazine for traditional natural health retailers

SISU restructures sales management team

SISU restructures sales management team

To better serve its customers and to address changes in the industry, SISU has restructured its sales management to divide eastern and western Canada and provide full oversight for its independent, national and key account businesses.   Tracy Creighton, a familiar face to many retailers, will now focus exclusively on  eastern Canada as regional sales director.

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Goodness Me! expands in several south Ontario markets

Goodness Me! expands in several south Ontario markets

Goodness Me! Natural Food Market has been on a recent expansion program in southern Ontario, opening three stores in 2014, and two in 2015.  The long-time Hamilton-based natural retailer, which was founded in 1981 by Janet Jacks, saw new stores pop up in Mississauga, Guelph and Barrie last year.  A new location opened in Waterloo in February and another is slated for Paris, ON. this summer.   This will bring the Goodness Me! store count to 10.

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Organic wipes from Natracare

Organic wipes from Natracare
Certified organic cotton wipes
Natracare’s organic cotton wipes have received organic status from the Soil Association.  Made only from organic cotton and the very best plant-based and organic ingredients,  this certification provides consumers with confidence that our products have undergone rigorous analysis to conform to top industry standards.  natracare.com
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Herring Gold from Natural Factors

Herring Gold from Natural Factors
Rich in DHA and EPA
Herring Gold 500 mg and 1000 mg provides more omega-3 phospholipids than krill oil.  Herring gold is rich in DHA and EPA, as well as choline and astaxanthin. Sustainably sourced from the row of Norwegian spring-spawning herring.
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Relief for hemmorhoid symptoms

Relief for hemmorhoid symptoms
Flora Manufacturing and Distributing has launched HemorAid, an innovative new product that relieves symptoms of hemorrhoids.
 
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Plant based sausages from Tofurky

Plant based sausages from Tofurky
 
Tofurky artisan sausages are plant-based protein for a healthy, compassionate and sustainable diet. Non-GMO, cholesterol-free and a good source of protein and fibre. Find us at tofurky.com. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for updates. www.tofurky.com
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Protein bar from MusclePharm

Protein bar from MusclePharm
New gluten-free  Combat Crunch Bars 
MusclePharm Combat Crunch bars are a multi-layer baked protein bar giving you a soft-batch cookie experience.
 
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Pascoe Balanced Mood

Pascoe Balanced Mood
NEURAPAS balance can help to promote a healthy and balanced mood, which makes the long winter season more joyful for everyone.
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Probiotic chocolate from Sisu

Ohso probiotic chocolate combines  Belgian dark chocolate with one billion live probiotic bacteria per bar.
 
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St. Francis Herb Farm Allergy Relief

St. Francis Herb Farm Allergy Relief
St Francis is launching its new Deep Immune Allergy. While Deep Immune has always been a highly effective allergy remedy, Deep Immune Allergy has been specially formulated and supercharged with special, allergy-relieving herbs. In addition, Deep Immune Allergy inlcudes gentle homeopathic ingredients that are the perfect complement to this classic formula.
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Ancient grain from Bob's Red Mill

Ancient grain from Bob's Red Mill
Cracked freekeh is made by lightly roasting whole wheat kernels, then cracking them to create a whole grain food with a texture similar to bulgar, with a mild, nutty flavour.  Freekeh is an excellent source of fibre, high in iron and other essential minerals, and provides seven grams of protein per serving.  www.bobsredmill.com
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Bragg organic salad dressings and marinades

Bragg organic salad dressings and marinades
Bragg’s healthy and delicious dressings are organic, gluten-free, kosher and are a super- healthy, tasty way to enjoy salads, veggies, and marinated fish, poultry or tofu! They are made with world famous Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar and will compliment any meal! 800/446-1990 or Bragg.com
 
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greens+ Extra Energy

greens+ Extra Energy
Nourish the body
greens+ EXTRA ENERGY nourishes the body and builds vitality through the power of research-proven superfood greens+ and whole food energy boosters like kola nut and taurine, providing long lasting, natural energy. No sugar, no-over stimulation, no additives… no crash!
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CNHR March/April 2015

Happy New Year!

I hope you were able to enjoy the holiday season with family and friends.  As the New Year kicks off, the team at CNHR Magazine has already started working on the CHFA West show issue (March/April).  CHFA West will run from April 9 to 12 in beautiful Vancouver.
 

Previewing CHFA West

This will be our show preview issue, guaranteed to be one of the most highly read and circulated issues of the year.  This is a great place to specifically reach the large number of retailers in the Western region of Canada.
 

Free promo for your company

Our March/April issue will be in the mail one month before the show dates. This gives you plenty of time to do your pre-show marketing and invite the retailers over to your booth to see and sample new product lines, contests, book signings, etc…  Be sure to include your booth number and a short invitation in your ad this issue if you will be exhibiting at CHFA West.  As well, send me your 20 words of Pre-Show Buzz – what will be new and exciting at your booth.  Deadline is January 12.  This is a FREE service.
 

Sustainability and your business

Along with our great regular columnists this issue, we will be running a feature titled “Sustainability as a Business Strategy.”  We’ll hear from some of our industry retailers and suppliers who have embraced the concept of sustainability and implemented it into their businesses.  Also, we will share the experiences of four Canadian retailers who visited Finca Luna Nueva, a certified organic, biodynamic farm in Costa Rica.  They’ll discuss how this visit enhanced their knowledge of sustainability and how they plan to use it in their stores in the future.
 
As always, please send your industry news for our Trade Talk department. You can forward to the publisher Bruce Cole - bruce@cnhr.ca or your sales rep.    Trade Talk is one of our highest read sections and is a vital part of the link between suppliers and retailers.  This is where you can keep your customers and potential new customers updated on your new products, new staff, new website, new promotions, etc. Deadline is January 12.  
This is a FREE service.

Deadlines for March-April 2015

Editorial – January 12
Ad space reservation – January 23
Product profile submission – January 26
Ad material due on – February 2
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Nathalie Gélinas, the president and CEO of Panier Santé

Nathalie Gélinas, the president and CEO of Panier Santé

As a youngster, Nathalie Gélinas began laying the groundwork to someday take over her family health food store, although she didn’t realize it at the time. Working quietly in the back room of Panier Santé in Pointe-du-Lac, Quebec, in the Trois-Rivières area, the 11 year-old Nathalie diligently weighed and carefully packaged bulk food items before taking them to the sales floor and putting them out on display for sale to customers. 

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Preferred Nutrition Maca Peru winners

Preferred Nutrition Maca Peru winners

Avi Dor and Nicholas Durand of Biodor Produit Naturels, Montreal, toured Peru as the winners of the Ultimate Maca Contest in Peru, with George Hildebrandt and Joanne McDonald (with husband Steve McDonald) of Preferred Nutrition. George of Hilgan Enterprises, a native of Peru, was their tour guide.  The current contest for the 2015 Ultimate Maca Peru trip ends in March. Talk to your Preferred Nutrition account manager for details on how to win a trip to Peru with George and Preferred Nutrition.  

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Kardish Health Food Centre wins Ottawa best business award

Kardish Health Food Centre wins Ottawa best business award

Kardish Health Food Centre, Ottawa, ON, has been named the Outstanding Business of the Year Award winner as part of The Best Ottawa Business Awards, which was presented Nov. 20.

Brothers Robert and Carey Assaf, the co-owners of Kardish, have been involved with the organization for much of their lives: their father, Michael, was a franchisee who owned and operated Kardish locations between 1984 and 2005.  After working with the business in various capacities, the brothers acquired full ownership in 2010.

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Guelph Organic Expo

Recharging, learning and munching should be your top priorities for the annual Guelph Organic Conference & Expo.

“We’ve been selling organics for 21 years and you tend to get caught up in the day-to-day operations of the store,” notes Lynda Phillips, president of Lyn-Dys Health Foods in London, Ontario.  “It’s so nice to go to the conference and get re-confirmed about our purpose,” she adds.  Some days can be tough in retail, especially those filled with customers who question the products offered.  At the conference, “you can socialize with like-minded people, and get that boost to keep going with what you’re doing,” says Lynda.

Conference manager Tomás Nimmo feels that one of the biggest benefits of the conference is the ability to meet with primary suppliers.  “This is a great opportunity to meet with agri-producers/manufacturers and their distributors, sample their products, and talk at length with them,” notes Tomas.  “This is a no- pressure show,” he adds. 

The conference is also a great educational opportunity. “In our store we are often broaching the conversation ‘what is organic,’ and helping people talk to their families about why eating organic is important,” says Lynda.  “The technical information is very helpful,” she notes.  For example, workshops such as Organic Certification Demystified are designed to assist interested consumers, but also are beneficial for store staff.  The conference also draws a diverse gathering of farmers, eco-associations and motivated consumers, making for great networking.

The success of the conference mirrors the continued increase in consumer demand for organics.  A 2013 study by the Canada Organic Trade Association (COTA), found that the value of the Canadian organic food market – at $3 billion per year – had tripled since 2006.  It also found that 58 per cent of Canadians reported purchasing some organic products every week, with this rate even higher amongst ethnic Canadians, people living in Canada’s largest cities, households with young families and consumers with university educations.

This year’s conference features close to 160 exhibitors including Pfennings Organic (both the farm distributor and the farm store), Organic Meadow, Ontario Natural Food Co-op, Nature’s Path, Crofters, Organics Live and dozens more.  The workshop schedule is jam packed with 42 offerings covering a diverse range of topics including soil fertility, organic crop production, pollination, permaculture, restoration agriculture and many others. 

The Guelph Organic Conference takes place January 29 to February 1 2015.  Registration, maps and details can be found at www.guelphorganicconf.ca. •

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CHFA Quebec 2015

CHFA Quebec 2015

After several years at another downtown Montreal location, CHFA Quebec is returning to the Palais des congrès in 2015.

With approximately 140 exhibiting companies, this will be the largest show that CHFA has held in Montreal.   The event, which only takes place every other year, is an excellent opportunity to source new products, meet with manufacturers and suppliers that you might not see otherwise and network with the industry.  In addition to the many show specials that exhibitors will have available, you can also take advantage of free education being held right on the show floor. The CHFA is also proud to host the CHFA Industry Achievement Awards & Dinner on February 6 which celebrates excellence in the natural health and organic products industry.

Complete details and information on registering can be found on the CHFA website, chfa.ca or by emailing info@chfa.ca.

CHFA Winter Classic

CHFA is organizing the third annual Winter Classic, a hockey game between industry suppliers and retailers on Thursday, February 5 at 2:00 pm at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard. We invite everyone to come out to watch the fun and then gather at the sports bar inside the complex for a reception following the game.  Shuttle bus service has been arranged  to and from the event from the Westin Hotel, located directly across from the Palais des congrès on St. Antoine. Check the CHFA website for complete details on this fun afternoon that marks the opening event for the CHFA Quebec weekend.  • 

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Friend of the Sea certification

Friend of the Sea certification

Renew Life has announced its Norwegian Gold Fish Oil line is now Friend of the Sea Certified. 

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Coming Up in the Next Issue...

CHFA West :  February 22-25

Reach your key retail customers in CNHR’s Show Preview Issue.

An early show requires early messaging. Get your Spring sales message out early with an ad in CNHR. Reach the key retailers well before CHFA West. Here’s what your ad can do for you:

• share your spring promotional plan with all retailers

• help your sales team reach sales targets

• introduce your new products BEFORE the show

• tell retailers about your show specials early

• help open doors for your sales team

• create traffic at your booth

• solidify brand loyalty

• tell retailers about your new services, too!

• support all of your in-store, digital and consumer marketing efforts

Advertisers: FREE value-added features As an advertiser, you’ll be in one of our biggest issues of the year. (There will be loads of bonus circulation during CHFA West.) Along with your ad being viewed by more than 10,000 owners, managers, buyers, product recommenders and floor sales staff, you also get some great free editorial opportunities, including Trade Talk, Product Profiles and Pre-Show Buzz. Here are the details: Trade Talk is one of the highest read sections of CNHR and your vital link with retailers. Keep current and potential new customers updated on your new products, new staff, new website, new promotions, etc. Deadline for Trade Talk: November 7

We have lots of advertising options at many price points. Tell me what ad size you’re considering or what your budget is, and I will personally customize a proposal just for you. I’ll explain all of the value-added features CNHR has to offer your company!

Please contact:     donna@cnhr.ca, candace@cnhr.ca, katherine@cnhr.ca

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