Canada's business magazine for traditional natural health retailers

Canada's business magazine for traditional natural health retailers

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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National Nutrition wins award for retailing excellence

National Nutrition wins award for retailing excellence

CHFA East in Toronto proved to be a good weekend for Darren Firth (centre) and the entire team at National Nutrition in Orillia, ON.

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Fast acting pain relief from Genuine Health

Fast acting pain relief from Genuine Health
Brand new Biovaflex is our fast-acting patented eggshell membrane that is proven to work in as little as five days. You’ll find it in all of our pain relief products for joint, muscle, and inflammatory pain.
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Instant quinoa powder from Organika

Instant quinoa powder from Organika
Organika has introduced a new Organic Gelatinized Quinoa Powder that is the first of its kind in Canada in that it is INSTANT.  It is naturally more potent and enriched with minerals, complete amino acids, iron, folate and fibre.  Great for a vegan protein and gluten-free diet.  Voted Top 10 Most Innovative Product at Grocery Showcase West 2014.  organika.com
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Organic müesli from Eden Foods

Whole grain cereal from organic rolled oats, rye, and spelt wheat that can be enjoyed cold or hot. Three organic dried fruits provide sweet, tangy flavor. Roasted, lightly salted organic pumpkin seeds and raw sunflower seeds lend richness and crunch. Low sodium, rich in magnesium. Provides lasting energy and complete protein.  edenfoods.com
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The basis of health

The basis of health
BASENTABS pH-balance PASCOE® is a revolutionary formula with a balanced mixture of bicarbonates now with Zinc. Proven high alkalinizing capacity, free of sugar, gluten and lactose. Small, easy-to-swallow tablets and each box comes with 21 pH test strips
www.basentabs.com  (866)535-0099
 
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Broad spectrum vitamin- mineral supplement

Broad spectrum vitamin- mineral supplement
A comprehensive and synergistic blend of 27 high potency nutrients that enable your body to neutralize free radicals, repair damaged arteries, and dissolve accumulated arterial plaque.      
For inquiries call 855 314-3411
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The Leader in Garcinia Cambogia

The Leader in Garcinia Cambogia
NutraCentials Garcinia Cambogia Nx™ exclusively uses Super Citrimax® - The only clinically proven Garcinia Cambogia on the market backed by 10 published studies proving weight loss.
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Collagen generator from Preferred Nutrition

Collagen generator from Preferred Nutrition
Clinically proven for beautiful skin, hair and nails as well as dense, flexible bones and healthy joints – BioSil™ is now available in 120’s size. BioSil™ is the only collagen generator with ch-OSA. Ask your account manager for details. PNO.CA
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Plant based protein from Vega

Plant based protein from Vega
Vega, the leader in clean, plant-based nutrition, introduces its newest product: Vega Protein & Greens. Inspired by consumers’ growing demand for multisource plant-based protein and easy, great-tasting ways to get their greens, Vega Protein and Greens solves the daily chore of finding both—all at a price designed to drive sales.   myvega.com
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First ever organic wipes

First ever organic wipes
Natracare’s innovative approach to solving conventional personal care issues leads to the launch of the world’s first, fully certified Organic, Natracare Cleansing Makeup Removal Wipes, certified to COSMOS , the European developed, International organic standard for cosmetics and personal care.   
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Natural gummie vitamins from Sisu

Natural gummie vitamins from Sisu
SISU U-Cubes™ are pectin-based gummies, made with non-GMO ingredients.. What’s more, they’re naturally coloured, naturally sweetened, contain no beef or pork gelatin, and are made in small batches to ensure the highest quality and freshness. They’re also rigorously tested for safety and potency… but never animal tested.  For more information 
800/663-4163 or visit sisu.com 
 
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Gluten-free tortillas

Rudi’s tortillas are made with whole grain flours and have a soft, pliable texture, ready to be rolled into a delicious burrito or tasty sandwich wrap.
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Plant-based artisian sausages

Plant-based  artisian sausages
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.
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New digestive formulas

New digestive formulas
Enzymedica is excited to announce two new additions to their digestive formulas.  In Canada, Digest and Digest Basic will soon be available in combined enzyme-probiotic formulas.
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Oil of Oregano capsules

Joy of the Mountains, The Oregano Company, is pleased to announce a new VCaps Plus vegetarian liquid capsule, containing five full drops of Wild Mediterranean Oil of Oregano.

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