Canada's business magazine for traditional natural health retailers

Canada's business magazine for traditional natural health retailers

Guelph Organic Conference continues to build momentum

 

guelph organic conferenceThe Guelph Organic Conference continues to focus on Canada's rapid organic sector growth. “The show was great with lots of new energy,” said conference manager Tomas Nimmo, in reference to the event which took place Jan 25-28. “We had plenty of new exhibitors join our regulars.

‘Lots of exceptional sales’ is what I heard from many of them. Trade show shoppers are already convinced and knowledgeable about the benefits of organics, which our vendors love.”

The conference is also known as a hub for organic sector networking. "It's the place where many future organic marketing projects get their start and then take flight in the following months," Tomas added.

As interest in organics continues to increase, the conference saw workshop attendance grow and strong interest in the trade show.

Planning for next year’s event has begun. If you are interested in exhibitor or sponsorship opportunities, contact Tomas at 705/444-0923 or organix@auracom.com

 

Continue reading
  198 Hits
198 Hits

Toronto retailer marks 20 years of fighting bullying and racism

wholesome marketTaslim and Hanif Jamal – the owners of Toronto’s The Wholesome Market – just celebrated 20 years of working with Community Builders Youth Leadership. This not-for-profit organization was founded in 1994 by a committed group of educators with extensive experience in teaching, counselling, and working through the arts with children.

Community Builders’ mission and passion is to help create inclusive school communities by developing the leadership capacity of young people and adults. They train elementary students, teachers and parents in anti-bullying, social inclusion, equity and conflict resolution, while raising their awareness of racism, sexism, classism and other forms of oppression.

The Wholesome Market donates $2,000 annually to the group and is planning something big in May: a community event based at the store with the goal of raising awareness of the important issues Community Builders addresses, and $5,000 in donations to support this work. The funds will go toward the recruiting and training of volunteers, as well as additional staff. This will enable the organization to go into more school communities to teach students and raise awareness of the issues.

“What we are doing through the store is trying to get much more involved in the community,” explained Hanif, who recalls being bullied as a youngster when his family was new to Canada. “Community Builders helps kids understand racism, homophobia, classism, ableism and the many other ways that people get hurt. They’re teaching the kids the right words and the most effective approach to dealing with tough situations. This type of community program is something I encourage all business owners to consider supporting.”

Community Builders’ co-founder Jerry Brodey says stepping in to help someone who is being bullied, excluded or targeted by oppression isn't easy for anyone – children or adults. “We’re giving them the skills and tools to be pro-active. Young people believe they can make a difference, and we need to support them to do that. These are skills that will help them to have healthy relationships now when they’re young, and as they go through the rest of their lives. Community Builders is definitely an antidote for hopelessness.”

The Wholesome Market has had support from some of its suppliers, including Mike and Mike’s, Indigo, Purity Life, Sunflower Kitchen, Gordian Health First and Little Stream Bakery. Hanif is hoping more suppliers as well as his customers will join the effort. “This is about helping kids deal with bullying and show caring to others,” says Hanif. “The more people who stand up to bullying and exclusion, the less power it has.”

For more information, visit cbyouthleadership.org or contact Hanif at 647/500-3474 or hanif647@yahoo.ca.

Continue reading
  204 Hits
204 Hits

Good Health Mart marks 25 years July 1

good health martThe Good Health Mart group of stores celebrates its 25th anniversary July 1.   It was 1993 when Eunice and Murray McMahon bought a health food store in Woodbridge, ON. Within two years, they built a second store in Belleville, ON and by the next year, they were franchising their concept.

Through franchising and acquiring existing stores, GHM grew to a 12-store organization.   “Some of our staff and franchisees have been with us for over 20 years,” said Murray. “Many more have been with us for over five years and counting. We give heartfelt thanks to our loyal staff and customers and long-time suppliers who have been on this journey with us.”   CNHR will be featuring Good Health Mart in the next issue.

Continue reading
  215 Hits
215 Hits

Foodsmiths raises $2,255 for legion

foodsmithsFoodsmiths – the “good food store” in Perth, ON. – raised $2,255.75 in November for the Perth Royal Canadian Legion with its third annual Poppy Project.

The Poppy Project, which is based on the sale of hand-knit poppies, was introduced by Foodsmiths co-owner Claire Smith after seeing an appeal for fundraising ideas put out by the Perth Legion. "It was based on the successful British Legion hand-knit poppy project." says Claire. "I asked our cashier and enthusiastic knitter Linda Anderson to tweak the pattern. She did, and our poppy project was born."

Foodsmiths supplies all materials to a core of volunteer knitters, including staff and customers of Foodsmiths. Since starting the project three years ago, Foodsmiths has raised $8,798.45.

One hundred per cent of all proceeds are donated to the Perth Royal Canadian Legion.

Continue reading
  217 Hits
217 Hits

Pleine Lune turns forty

pleine store frontAliments Naturels Pleine Lune sits in a very prominent location in the city of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec.  Perched confidently on the southeast corner of two busy roads, it presents a very impressive visual to passersby and customers alike. 

Pleine Lune (“Full Moon” in English) may not have always had such a high profile physical location, but it has always held an important position in the hearts and minds of its customers since it founding.  Its longevity is proof of that.  In 2018, Pleine Lune celebrates a major milestone: 40 years of serving the people of this city of 100,000, located roughly 40 kilometres to the south of Montreal’s south shore. 

Continue reading
  430 Hits
430 Hits

CHFA West offering retailers strong business program

 

chfa logoIt’s been a busy holiday season. Now that you’ve taken a moment to enjoy reading the latest issue of CNHR, please also take a few minutes to visit chfa.ca/west for the most up-to-date information on this year’s CHFA West.  The show is being held at the Vancouver Convention Centre on February 22 to 25 and there’s no question the event will live up to its theme, Connecting the Industry.

More opportunities

What can retailers expect? We’ve created even more opportunities for you to network both on and off the trade show floor.  And, we’ve developed one of the most comprehensive conference programs to-date.  One of the sessions that will be of interest is titled Death by Amazon. It’s a jarring headline that was published in the Financial Post. The article led with “Amazon.com Inc.’s purchase of Whole Foods Market Inc. last month has pushed an already nervous retail sector into a collective panic not seen since the great recession.” But the real headline according to Bruce Winder should be “how retailers can withstand the onslaught.”  Bruce (co-founder and partner at the Retail Advisors Network), is often interviewed by leading TV media outlets such as BNN, CBC, CTV News, CP24, Global News and has contributed to the Globe & Mail, the Financial Post, The Toronto Star, Reuters, Bloomberg, Adweek, The Calgary Herald and the Ottawa Citizen just to name a few. We’re excited to be able to bring his expertise to the program.

Sharing insights, solutions

Another highlight for 2018 is the Retail Leader Round Table where retailers will share challenges, insights and solutions. Be sure to take advantage of this opportunity to make connections with retailers who share the same experiences.  There are a whole host of other great topics including trends and global influences, marketing to millennials, organics vs. “x-ponics” and more.  Check it out at chfa.ca/west and register today.  •

Conference:

February 22 & 23, 2018

Trade Show:

February 24 & 25, 2018

10:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m. daily

Vancouver Convention Centre

Continue reading
  447 Hits
447 Hits

Guelph organic conference

the big carrotTwo in three Canadians (66 per cent) are spending at least some of their weekly grocery budget on organic items, up a staggering 10 points from 56 per cent in 2016.  This is according to a September 2017 report from the Canada Organic Trade Association.

And with that increased spending comes the challenge of staying on top of research and trends related to organics. 

“Information these days is delivered and digested in quick takeaways and bullet points,” says Kate McMurray, outreach coordinator at The Big Carrot in Toronto.  “It’s important to open up the conversation with consumers beyond ‘how does organics impact me’ to the value of the broader organic system that is providing positive economic, social, nutritional and environmental impact.”

At The Big Carrot, a number of different initiatives are undertaken to prepare staff for these conversations.  A team of nutritionists provide customer service.  Staff play active roles in industry organizations such as the Canada Organic Trade Association, CBAN, the Non-GMO Project, and the Organic Council of Ontario.  Initiatives such as Nature’s Finest Fund and Retail Organic Certification are a priority.

All of these activities ensure staff training, constant learning and knowledge transfer are a priority at The Big Carrot. 

As part of their industry involvement priorities, The Big Carrot will once again play a key role in the Guelph Organic Conference.  A Platinum Patron of the event, The Big Carrot will be exhibiting, and Kate will present “Current & Relevant Organic Research” – a free workshop on Sunday, January 28. 

Kate’s workshop will be one of 43 program offerings covering topics from organic crop and livestock production to organic gardening. “This is a dynamic, leading event in the Canadian organic sector,” says Tomas Nimmo, conference manager.  “Our conference offers excellent opportunities to network and learn about different features of the organic value chain.  We draw a diverse audience including farmers, grain traders, manufacturers and many others.”

The free trade show Jan 27 and 28 will showcase over 150 exhibitors, including Pfenning’s Organic Farm,  Booch Organic Kombucha, GoBio and Harmony Organic Dairy.   Many exhibitors will be offering samples to attendees.

“Not only do we stay connected through industry involvement, but we then have these networks as resources,” adds Kate.  “Part of our brand and success is the trust customers place in us, and by being involved in various initiatives, including the conference, we have been successful as an organization.”

To learn more about the Guelph Organic Conference (Jan 25 to 28), visit  www.guelphorganicconf.ca

For more information about The Big Carrot visit  wwww.thebigcarrot.ca 

Continue reading
  262 Hits
262 Hits

Elderberry Crystals

flora elderberry crystals

Flora launches new Elderberry Crystals.  Don’t let seasonal issues leave you feeling under the weather. Flora’s new Elderberry Crystals are bursting with antioxidants and help provide relief from cold and flu symptoms. Blend them in with your favourite juice or smoothie for a healthful, convenient and delicious boost daily, or when you feel the symptoms of seasonal issues coming on. Gluten-free, non-GMO, organic, raw and vegan. For more information, speak to your Flora account manager. 

Call 888/436-6697, or visit www.florahealth.com.

Continue reading
  301 Hits
301 Hits

CoQ10 Ubiquinol - 6X More Absorption

innovite c0Q10

Not all CoQ10 is created equally.  INNO-Q-NOL starts with the scientifically validated Kaneka QH CoQ10 Ubiquinol.  Exceptionally stable. Sourced from yeast fermentation for the highest purity. Backed by over 30 years of clinical research.  INNO-Q-NOL is further enhanced with our exclusive Q-Gel Technology featuring Triple Protected Stability.  The additions of MCT Oil and Vitamin C further boosts Ubiquinol stabilization and protects against oxidation.  www.InnoviteHealth.com  888/220-3853

Continue reading
  269 Hits
269 Hits

Promote Healthy Sleep

natual calm sleep

Introducing Natural Calm Calmful Sleep, a naturally relaxing nighttime drink. Specifically formulated and licensed to promote a healthy sleep.  This formula features a blend of sleep promoting ingredients, including award winning Natural Calm magnesium citrate, magnesium glycinate, gabba, L-theanine and melatonin.  Calmful Sleep goes to work right away, creating the conditions for restorative sleep.  Available where supplements are sold or go to www.naturalcalm.ca.

Continue reading
  255 Hits
255 Hits

Fermented Gut Superfoods+

genuine health superfood

Introducing Genuine Health’s NEW fermented organic gut superfoods+! Made with 22 fully-fermented plant-based superfoods and prebiotics to nourish healthy gut flora, it’s the ultimate prebiotic superfood! Plus, it’s fermented to provide amplified nutrients for your gut – and overall health! www.genuinehealth.com

Continue reading
  216 Hits
216 Hits

Super Antioxidant - Black Seed Oil

enerex black seed oil

Enerex Black Seed Oil gets the Gold alive Award for Healthy Oils & EFAs and a Bronze for New Product! Plus two additional awards from National Nutrition: a Gold for our Enerex Serrapeptase 120,000SU in the category of Best Joint Health and a Bronze for our Enerex Greens for the Best Greens category. Many thanks to everyone who voted and congratulations to the other winners!     www.enerex.ca

Continue reading
  203 Hits
203 Hits

Once a Day Probiotic

renew life critical care

Ultimate Flora Critical Care’s blend of 50 Billion active cultures from 10 different strains in a ‘once a day’ serving helps ensure a healthy microbacterial environment in the intestinal tract. It uses a unique, water-based enteric coating to protect the probiotics from harsh stomach acid and delivers them directly to the intestines where they are needed and utilized by the body.

www.renewlife.ca

Continue reading
  181 Hits
181 Hits

Lemon Eucalyptus Oil

now lemon eucalyptus oil

This new oil from NOW is extracted by steam distillation from leaves and twigs of the lemon eucalyptus tree. This refreshing scent can be uplifting, and when used as a chest rub, may alleviate the discomfort of colds.

www.nowfoods.ca

Continue reading
  229 Hits
229 Hits

Probiotic Kid Stiks

sisu probiotics kids

Sisu Probiotic Kid Stiks are an unflavoured and odourless probiotic that deliver 5 billion kid-friendly probiotic cultures in every serving. They are non-GMO, gluten-free and can easily be sprinkled onto food or mixed into a drink to support digestion and overall health.  www.sisu.com

Continue reading
  259 Hits
259 Hits

Curb cravings, increase energy

keto activWhether for weight-loss, athletic performance, mental clarity or anti-aging, KetoActiv is an exogenous ketone that does not induce gastrointestinal distress.

KetoActiv is a powder that when mixed with water helps control the appetite, curb cravings and increase energy.  KetoActiv promotes mental focus and clarity, supports cognitive health, reduces inflammation, improves strength and endurance, preserves and protects the muscles, and provides healthy blood sugar levels in diabetics. Learn more at www.sunforceorganics.com

Continue reading
  228 Hits
228 Hits

Misleading TV ad inspires Calgary retailer

sunnside health storePatty Nowlin and Pat Guyn – the husband and wife owners of Sunnyside Natural Market in Calgary – were in California in 2012.  They were there at the same time state residents were asked to vote either for or against mandatory labelling of products that contained GMO ingredients. 

Continue reading
  3064 Hits
3064 Hits

After thirty years there is a new owner for Garden Health Vitamins

garden healthAfter 30 years as owner, Susan St. James has sold her store, Garden Health Vitamins in Vancouver, to Deanna Henry.  “Deanna has a five year history in the health food industry at Ave Maria in Prince George, B.C. and comes from an entrepreneurial family,” said Susan. “I believe that Deanna is a perfect fit as the new owner of Garden Health and I am pleased that I can leave my legacy to her. My current staff, that have stood by me for several years, will be standing by her as she brings her inspiration to the store that serves this downtown community and beyond. I will be supporting Deanna over the next few months and I hope you will welcome her.” 

Continue reading
  433 Hits
433 Hits

Durham Natural Foods

durham natural foods storeDurham Natural Foods has seen two distinctly different phases in its 39-year history.  It has been a big operation.  And it has been a small operation.

Store owner Gilles Roy and his brother, store manager Ray Roy, agree: they prefer the smaller – and current – size of the business.

Continue reading
  522 Hits
522 Hits

Toronto’s Organic Garage

matt lurie organic garageWhen Matt Lurie said it is hard to describe the Organic Garage in words and that you have to see it to really appreciate it, he was right.

Continue reading
  512 Hits
512 Hits

CNHR News Podcast

cnhr radio hour

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

Check out this month's podcast here

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

Join the cnhr Newsletter


Community Board

Watch here for Job Postings, Wanted Ads, For Hire, etc. To add, contact Donna

Check out the Community Board