One of the most unique things about Community Farm Store in Duncan, B.C. is it holds its management meetings in the soothing waters of the nearby Cowichan River.
The giant Quebec-based natural health retailer opened its newest – and largest – location on June 6 in Laval, QC. One of the most amazing features of this 44,000 sq. ft. store is an indoor farm. The CultiGo automated vertical farming platform is a technology developed in Quebec by Inno-3B and it will allow Avril Laval to grow organic microgreens on-site year-round. Revolutionary and ecological, this farming technique reduces greenhouse gas emissions, eliminates pesticides and encourages local farming for incomparable freshness. Several varieties and blends of microgreens will be grown at the Laval store, and then be distributed to Avril’s other stores. Avril is the first retailer to use the CultiGo platform.
The Laval location – which the company says via press release is the largest health food store in Quebec – represents a $10M investment for Avril, which was founded in 1995 by Sylvie Senay and Rolland Tanguay. The opening of this new store has created 200 new jobs, bringing the total number of employees to nearly 1,000, working at one of the stores, at the logistics and distribution center or at the head office in Granby.
Adapting to its customer’s needs and lifestyle, Avril Laval offers even more choice, based on three main principles: flavour, freshness and simplicity. Customers can now purchase fresh fish, homemade pizza, organic roasted chicken, bread and pastries, gelatos and grab-and-go meals.
The gelatos are prepared in the traditional Italian style. The pizzas are made from the finest organic ingredients, including San Marzano tomatoes, and are baked on stone in a state-of-the-art oven. The fish comes from sustainable fishing practices and most are Ocean Wise certified.
The new store has a 130-seat food court and a 48-seat terrace. Two menus are offered: one bistro-style and a vegan alternative.
Avril Laval has a large natural cosmetics department, designed to display iconic natural and organic cosmetic brands from here and abroad. Customers can also benefit from personalized recommendations from beauty advisors and receive skin care treatments in private treatment rooms.
“The opening of our eighth store in Laval is another step towards achieving our ultimate mission of making natural and organic products accessible to all,” says Sylvie.
When the Pakosz family was planning a new building to move their health food store to, they all had the same word at the top of their wish list: wow.
After years of continually outgrowing the space at a strip mall, the owners of Healthyway Natural Foods in Campbell River. B.C. – Donna and Will, and Will’s parents Kay and Bill – made up their minds to create something big enough for now and for the future, and they wanted it to be special. “We aimed to create a ‘wow’ factor when customers walked through the door,” says Will. “We wanted our merchandising and store layout to have an intelligent plan.”
CNHR is welcoming back one of its original (and most popular) business writers, Alain Roy. Alain brings a great deal of industry experience, having worked in all facets of our industry over the years, including retail, distribution, manufacturing and consulting. Currently, he is president of Veeva and Natural Business Partners.
Alain will be focusing his efforts into a series of continuing articles on the benefits of strong partnerships between retailers and suppliers. He will be asking industry leaders to share their greatest partnership success stories. “During my career, I have seen and been part of different partnership attitudes. Like personal relationships, working in true partnership means understanding each other’s needs. This new series will focus on understanding the needs of vendors and retailers alike, so we can all continue thriving.” Alain’s first article will appear in the September-October issue. Welcome back, Alain!
Raji Kalra has co-founded a new company called Peopletail. Its purpose is to make it easy for people to include their own links to e-commerce retailers in their articles, photos and videos - making their content into shoppable recommendations for other consumers to buy through. “The user-generated content from everyday people will help increase traffic to e-commerce stores of health food retailers,” explained Raji.
Peopletail (the name combines “people” and “retail”) rewards people for creating content for products they love. “In the natural health channel, people really listen to other people’s recommendation to learn about what products are good and what products work,” said Raji. “This will be a chance for people to get rewarded by sharing their product knowledge and experiences with others. This can be for products they love or believe in.”
Raji, who has been producing content for brands for nearly nine years, feels we are shifting into an era where brands won’t actually have to produce their own content as much in the future. “We envision a future where brands will be able to focus their efforts on rewarding people for their content, especially when certain content generates with retailers.” Peopletail – which will be in testing phase starting June 2018 – will be collaborating with leading brands, magazine publishers and retailers in the natural health industry. Raji is the former head of Alive Studios, a digital division he sold to Alive Publishing Group in 2014. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. •
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Apitherapy is the medicinal use of honeybee products for health and healing. Canadian owned and operated, Natural Immix is thrilled to introduce their BEE Line of products including; Bee Propolis Spray, Bee Propolis + Echinacea Spray, Bee Pollen Complex, Green Bee Propolis and Royal Jelly. For more information on new products, check us out at www.naturalimmix.com or to order, contact us at 855/314-3411 or email email@example.com
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The Natural Product Advisor course is designed to help you become more knowledgeable about the natural health industry in Canada. You will have a strong understanding of product sales and regulations to specific topics and health concerns that shoppers often ask about. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Now available - ZEN Sports Spray. Formulated for use before and after sporting activities as needed. Contains arnica for relief of minor injuries, bruises and muscle aches. Addition of Chinese herbs helps promote blood circulation and relieve inflammation and swelling. www.martinandpleasance.ca
MSPrebiotic is a Manitoba-made, shelf-stable, clinically evaluated natural health supplement that strengthens the gut microbiome to improve digestive function and increase energy for the body. For more information, visit us at www.MSPrebiotic.ca
Rhodiola is a versatile herb supporting several body systems, especially endocrine and central nervous system and cognitive functions. Vitanica’s Rhodiola includes the standardized extract of Rhodiola rosea root, the most researched species, plus the whole root of the same species, offering a synergistic blend of the compounds in this tonic herb. For a complete product list and pricing for Vitanica products available in Canada, visit ecotrend.ca For detailed product information visit vitanica.com
Come the warmer weather – late spring until Thanksgiving – Huntsville, Ontario is a pretty happening place. Come the warmer weather – late spring until Thanksgiving – Huntsville, Ontario is a pretty happening place.
Located slightly more than 200 kilometres north of Toronto, it is situated in the municipality of Muskoka, a district that boasts over 1,600 lakes. The district has a legitimate claim as Canada’s most popular summer vacation haven, when the population more than doubles.
Experience the double action antioxidant benefits of Wasabi! Unlike other antioxidants (Vitamin C), Wasabi combines both a direct and indirect antioxidant benefit, providing extended antioxidant support. Health Canada’s only 100% certified Wasabi Capsules are available through the HUB DC. For more information, please visit www.yourwasabi.com Contact us at 855/314-3411 or email@example.com
Homeocan launches HomeoVet, a new vet line of fourteen remedies pharmaceuticaly formulated. This HomeoVet line takes care of any health concerns of our furry friends, such as RescueVet. RescueVet helps maintain general physical and emotional balance.
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