Canada's business magazine for traditional natural health retailers

Canada's business magazine for traditional natural health retailers

Supplier news

Author and product formulator Dr. James Meschino is touring Canada this spring, offering both consumer and retailer trainings. His lecture tour will take him through Ontario, Alberta, B.C., New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. For dates and cities on the tour, please go to www.adeeva.ca

Soup manufacturer Kettle Cuisine has introduced its gluten-free, frozen soups to the Canadian market . The soups can be heated on a stovetop or microwaved for added convenience. The average retail price per unit is $4.99. •

Prairie Naturals has introduced Citrus Soother, a hot lemon, honey and ginger drink mix for cold and flu, formulated by holistic pharmacist RoseMarie Pierce.    www.prairienaturals.ca

TallGrass has welcomed Alexandre Gilbert to its sales team. Alex has spent the past few years working for some of Canada’s leading health food retailers, and will be bringing his experience and enthusiasm to assist with customer service and inside sales.

Southbrook Vineyards is launching a certified organic red wine grape skin powder under the brand name of BioFlavia. Southbrook BioFlavia is processed from organic red wine grape skins sourced from the Niagara region.

Megan Rodgers has joined Trophic Canada as a sales representative for the greater Toronto area. Megan brings extensive experience within the health and nutrition industry. Reach Megan at: mrodgers@trophic.net.

Organika has announced it is now represented in Quebec by Michael Theodore Brokerage.

Marcia David has joined Trophic Canada as sales representative for southwestern Ontario. Marcia has worked in the natural health products industry for several years with a background in medical-surgical sales and operating room nursing. Reach her at: mdavid@trophic.net

U-Be, which was previously available through Purity Life, is now being carried by Preferred Nutrition as of March 1. U-Be’s Canadian broker is Me Breathing. For more information, contact James Merritt by going to www.mebreathing.com, www.u-be.ca or by phone: 416/727-9094. •

Adeeva Nutritionals has launched a new product: Adrenal Support formula, which contains herbs proven to reduce the over-secretion of cortisol during periods of chronic stress and helps to combat the effects of stress on the body.

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Annual Info Book

Great exposure, great value

July/August is our annual Info Book.  This once-a-year issue is a comprehensive listing of companies who supply products to natural health retailers.  The Info Book is broken down into several categories to make it easy for retailers to find distributors, manufacturers, brokers, raw material suppliers, associations, etc. by classification, region, product category and brand names. 

All advertisers in the Info Book receive a free full listing in all sections.  When you purchase a 1/2 page ad (or larger)  in the Info Book, you get the equivalent space for free to tell retailers your story with a Supplier Profile.  As an added bonus, your company profile will be posted on our website until next year's Info Book!  It’s a two-for-one offer that lets retailers learn about your company, your products, your people and your values. See examples of last year's supplier profiles.  

For $300, you can have a full listing in all sections and a company logo.

Non-advertisers can post a free basic listing in the Info Book.  This will include contact information only. 

Make sure your company is included in this annual listing for retailers. 

Please contact your account manager or donna@cnhr.ca to receive your electronic Info Book form or fax form.

Deadline to return all forms is May 9, 2011.


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Supplements for Spring

Everyone knows the following: “April showers bring May flowers.” However, that’s not the only thing the spring season brings. The warmer weather brings people outside – gardening, cycling and just being more active. Many will have a desire to refresh with a cleanse. And don’t forget spring allergies! Over the next few pages, you will find suggestions to help your customers with their spring

Supplement needs, plus some key products for the season!

As the dark days of winter will soon be a cold memory, your customers’ habits and health challenges are changing. Spring is the time for being more active, revitalizing our bodies and preparing for pollen.

Ever notice that the runners seem to come out of the woodwork at this time of year? Warmer weather invites getting out and about, weather that means walking, jogging or gardening. Unfortunately it can also mean sore muscles for those who don’t ease into it – and even for those that do. Remind your customers to keep some magnesium supplements close at hand for aching backs and some arnica or homeopathic trauma remedies for times when they’ve really overdone it.

Spring is Mother Nature’s season for renewal and regeneration. Encourage your customers to align themselves with this natural rhythm by trying a gentle, effective spring cleanse. A prominent display of items that support detox can include skin brushes and castor oil packs, liver-loving herbal combos in capsule or tinctures and more comprehensive cleansing kits.

Sneezing, snuffling and itchy, watery eyes can put a damper on our enthusiasm for this lovely time of year. To prevent allergic rhinitis, start taking daily probiotics with a quercitin complex and/or bee pollen while snow is still on the ground. By prepping the immune system well before it is challenged by airborne allergens, your customers may be able to avoid seasonal allergies altogether.

Vitamin D supplementation should continue

More than one in six Canadians suffer from hay fever, or seasonal allergic rhinitis. Depending on what a person is allergic to, allergy season can start in the early spring and last right through to the first frost of autumn. In some parts of the country, you could suffer from March to November. Prevention is one of the key ways to help with symptoms, duration and onset of seasonal allergies. Flavonoids, such as quercetin, luteolin and rosmarinic acid, help to stabilize mast cells that secrete histamine and cause allergic reactions. These compounds, along with other botanicals like butterbur and perilla, cannot only help prevent, but reduce symptoms of allergies when they are already present.

How much vitamin D to take and when it is most essential is of much debate. It takes about 18 minutes of midday sun exposure for your body to absorb the equivalent of 3000IUs of vitamin D. This is dependant on the time of the year, skin-type and how far north or south you live, here in North America. It is still a good idea to continue your vitamin D supplementation during the summer months, even though many of us actually spend at least 20 minutes a day during peak hours in the sun. The Mayo Clinic, in 2006, suggested that one in three young adults are vitamin D deficient which is why a healthy balance between sun exposure, dietary sources and supplementation of vitamin D during the summer months is the best way to prevent a possible deficiency.    by Dr. Jonothon Mainland, N.D. AOR’s medical advisor.

Natural_Factors_QuercetinPotent anti-allergy, antioxidant, and anti-aging support

Natural Factors new Quercetin Complex is an exceptional antioxidant formula that provides relief from the symptoms of allergies, fights free radical damage, and combats accelerated aging. It contains quercetin, grape seed extract, blood orange extract, turmeric extract, and CoQ10 for advanced anti-inflammatory, circulatory, and cardiovascular support. 1-800-663-8900

Immune System Support

ImmunoSense is a highly effective, specialized formula, designed to support and enhance the immune system with natural ingredients including: Astralagus, Ganopoly™ Reishi Mushroom Extract, Zinc Citrate and Selenium. By actively supporting the immune system, the body is better equipped to fight off infections and viruses that may compromise overall health.

Rich in Omega-3’s EPA & DHA

Elite Omega 3 Gems contain fish body oils from deep, cold water fish which are especially rich in the important omega-3’s EPA and DHA. This professional strength formula contains 800 mg of omega-3’s per soft gel. www.carlsonlabs.com

Sexy Legs for Summer

Spring might be here, but you can bet that most people are already thinking about bathing suit season. When the weather warms, your legs are bound to be on full display. Proactive marketing now aimed at sexy legs in time for summer will get results, as one in two North Americans suffers from varicose veins, spider veins and swollen ankles. People often seek surgery, laser or topical treatments for vein problems but, as we all know, safe, nutritional treatments offer effective and long-term solutions. Large clinical trials on herbal formulas containing diosmin, butcher’s broom, horse chestnut and hesperidin have found that, in as little as 60 days, veins dramatically diminish in size. Swelling around the ankles is also reduced or eliminated. You cannot go wrong with promoting to your customers vein-support products that offer a money-back guarantee.   by Lorna Vanderhaeghe, president and CEO Lorna Vanderhaeghe Health Solutions, Inc.

Fish Oils All Year Round

The omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, found in fish oil, are helpful in maintaining histamine levels before and during allergy season. Histamines are neurotransmitters that deliver messages to the body when allergy promoting pollens are in the air. Histamines trigger eyes to water, noses to run and sneeze, and other general inflammatory reactions to take place in an effort to rid the body of the allergen. EPA and DHA work on anti-inflammatory pathways and are great to pre-load with before allergy season and to take throughout that time of year. Fish oils have so many wonderful benefits that most choose to take them all year round. Creating end caps with the herbs for allergies and supplements before and during spring allows the customer to see the type of items you have available. Promoting fish oil along with these allergy supplements educates the consumer about yet another benefit to taking fish oil.

Cleanses are also popular this time of year and two important nutrients to include on your cleanse are fish oil and probiotics. Fish oil contains omega-3 fatty acids which are essential fatty acids that should be consumed daily to support health and well being. Even when cleansing, omega-3 fatty acids should be included as a part of your chosen program. Probiotics are usually included as well to support gut and colon health. Cleanses rid the body of toxins and it is important they are moved through the colon quickly, and probiotics support this process. Get customers thinking about spring cleanses with some free in-store lectures and simple education pieces about the types of cleanses you offer. by Stuart Tomc, CNHP, national educator, Nordic Naturals

Immune System Support

Quercetin is a dietary flavonoid with many health benefits. It alleviates allergies by preventing certain immune cells from releasing histamines. It also blocks the enzymes responsible for producing inflammatory molecules that sensitize the body’s pain receptors. www.aor.ca

High-Quality Passionflower

Chosen by German pharmacists as top natural product of 2010! PASCOE® Calm contains a high-quality special extract of passionflower. Passionflower has a long history of use and much research in treating stress, anxiety and sleep disturbances. It is also one of the safest herbs.

D3, the Preferred Source of Vitamin D

Natural Factors new Vitamin D3 Drops 400 IU is perfect for kids. It provides the recommended daily intake for children in just one drop. Provided in a base of organic olive oil and flaxseed oil, it has a pleasant, neutral taste that makes it easy to take directly, or add to any food or beverage. Vitamin E and olive oil act as natural preservatives to ensure freshness and stability.    800/663-8900 www.naturalfactors.com

Heart healthy combination

Omega LDL combines the concentrated fish oil found in our Ultimate Omega formula with the important heart nutrients Red Yeast Rice and Coenzyme Q10. By combining these nutrients, this formula synergistically enhances cardiovascular function and supports healthy cholesterol levels. www.nordicnaturals.com

Reduces the risk of CVD

Kyolic Extra Strength One A Day contains 1000mg of the proprietary Aged Garlic Extract™. Kyolic Extra Strength is among a leading line of Health Canada-approved cardiovascular supplements by Kyolic. Kyolic A.G.E. is research-proven and has been trusted by Canadians for over 30 years. www.kyolic.ca

Fights Belly Fat & More

Glucosmart – containing Chirositol – in more than 30 studies at the Virginia Medical School, was shown to normalize insulin, control diabetes, stop skin tags, lower cholesterol and enhance serotonin, thereby halting sugar cravings and reducing appetite. In women, Glucosmart halts male facial hair growth, acne and PCOS. But where Glucosmart really shines is in helping to fight belly fat in both men and women.

Essential Vitamins for Optimal Health

Spring is in the air!   With the first signs of spring and the warmer weather comes seasonal allergies, cleansing diets and outdoor activities. The following supplements are important for supporting vitality and wellbeing during the coming months:

1.) Vitamin C – An essential antioxidant for any immune dysfunction, injury repair and detoxification protocol.

2.) Quercitin - Inhibits the release of histamines and other inflammatory compounds from mast cells, thus reducing the allergic/inflammatory response.

3.) Omega 3’s – Essential anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic and cardio protective properties.

4.) Curcumin - This spice is cancer protective, a potent antioxidant, supports liver function and is anti-inflammatory.

5.) Milk Thistle – An essential detoxifying agent that supports liver function, and acts as an antioxidant, too.

by Dr. Marita Schauch BSc ND. Dr. Schauch’s health articles educate the public about health and wellness and have been featured in numerous print media.  She resides and has her clinical practice in Victoria B.C.

EPA, natural inflammation fighter

Spring and summer are just around the corner. This means more and more Canadians will be getting outside, enjoying the warm weather and all the physical activities this brings: cycling, gardening, yard work, etc. Some people will be doing their annual internal spring cleanse; others will have to face the challenges of spring allergies.

Omega-3’s are an important consideration for people getting back into the great outdoors. Sardines, salmon and mackerel provide beneficial fats that may help protect your body against allergies. One of the Omega-3 fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), is a natural inflammation fighter.

Eating more of these cold-water fish or taking a fish oil supplement is especially important if allergies affect breathing, such as in those who suffer from allergic asthma. The natural inflammation-balancing actions of EPA ease the irritation in our nasal passages and lungs, therefore reducing the likelihood of an allergic response.

Keep reference articles on hand that illustrate the benefits of nutrients. While health claims are an area that retailers want to avoid, there are many educational articles available to articulate and reinforce the benefits of natural approaches to better health.  by Jolie Root, LPN, LNC, Carlson’s nutritionist/educator

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La Boite a Grains, Gatineau, QC

You could say La Boite à Grains came full circle in 2010. The Gatineau, QC. health food store celebrated its 30th anniversary in November (see CNHR Jan-Feb 2011) and the Gatineau Chamber of Commerce also named it Business of the Year...

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Sequel Naturals wins seven Alive awards

Sequel Naturals calls superior customer service and product innovation “a winning strategy” and the major reason the company recently took home seven Alive top product awards for 2010.

Retailers from coast-to-coast voted for the best consumer products in a variety of natural health categories for the annual awards showcase which were developed to recognize outstanding product innovation while enhancing the credibility of natural health products.

Capturing gold medals were Vega Whole Food Health Optimizer in the Multivitamins & Supplements category, Vega Sport Performance Optimizer in the Fitness & Weight Management category and Vega Sport Performance Protein, the successful sport-focused follow-up launched in 2010, in the New Supplements section.

Silver medal winners were Vega Antioxidant EFA Oil Blend in the Healthy Oils & EFAS category, Vega Whole Food Vibrancy Bars in the Natural Food, Bars & Beverages category and MacaSure Chocolat in the Functional Foods category.

MacaSure captured a bronze medal in the Men’s Products category.

“We are flattered and thankful that the health food retailers, who have many products to choose from, chose ours to be best-in-class in so many categories. It is a great honour and we take great pride in these awards,” said Charles Chang, Sequel president and founder. The seven awards represents the most Sequel has won in its five-year participation in the Alive awards program.

For more information, please visit sequelnaturals.com. •

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Soladey-eco toothbrush

Soladey_toothbrushCleans, whitens without toothpasteSoladey-eco: a toothbrush that cleans and whitens without toothpaste. Activated by light and water and clinically proven to fight plaque and gingivitis better than a regular toothbrush. Convenient to use at work, school or during travel. www.soladey.ca
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Natural Factors melatonin

Natural_Factors_MelatoninNew higher dose melatonin
Natural Factors new higher-dose 5 mg sublingual melatonin tablets are perfect for customers with higher dosing requirements. Melatonin is a natural hormone with no side effects. It effectively resets your sleep/wake clock when travelling, and helps with the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). naturalfactors.com or call 800/663-8900

 

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TPR20 safe pain relief

TPR20_EcotrendSafe topical pain relief 
TPR20 is a revolutionary, safe topical pain relief and anti-inflammatory cream. The rapid action is combined with natural, proven, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and tissue repair support ingredients for a complete short or long-term therapy. TPR20 has a Health Canada DIN. For more info, please contact Ecotrend: at 800/665-7065 or www.ecotrend.ca
 
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Health Wise expands their grocery department

Health_Wise_supplementsIn the May-June 2010 issue of CNHR, we introduced much of Canada to Health Wise, a gem of a store in Welland, ON. Fresh from celebrating its 20th anniversary, Health Wise recently added 1,600 sq. ft. to its existing store. Store manager Julie Beaver and grocery manager Carla Smith were the masterminds behind the addition, which saw the grocery department expand from just a few shelves in the old store to virtually the entire new section.
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All natural Vitamin E

AOR_Vitamin_ETotal E was the first complete vitamin E supplement in North America. Unfortunately, most companies only offer alpha tocopherol despite research clearly showing that all eight vitamin E molecules are needed in order to prevent cancer and protect the heart. For more information on Total E, visit  AOR.ca

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La Boite a Grains marks 30 years

La_Boite_a_Grains_smlCongratulations to Pierre Menard, Real Deslauriers and their team at La Boite à Grains in Gatineau, QC on reaching the 30-year milestone. Pierre was one of the original partners when the doors opened in early march 1980. Industry friends, family and customers joined Pierre and his team on November 30 to mark the anniversary."..."

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Cardiovascular support

Carlsen_CoQ10Cardiovascular support

CoQ10 is literally found everywhere in your body, as well as in all living systems. It is an important antioxidant for the maintenance and support of good cardiovascular health. Carlson CoQ10 is available in a variety of strengths.    888/234-5656 www.carlsonlabs.com

 

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Vital Elements from Preferred

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Mineral formula

Vital Elements is a new bioavailable mineral formula for Men and Women from Balanced Planets™. Minerals are necessary for 95% of the body's daily functions. Vital Elements™ provides all of the essential minerals you need including calcium, magnesium and zinc, plus trace minerals that boost brain power and promote relaxation and improved focus. Available from Preferred Nutrition WWW.PNO.CA

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La Boite a Grains celebrates 30 years

La_Boite_a_GrainsCongratulations to Pierre Menard, Real Deslauriers and their team at La Boite à Grains in Gatineau, QC on reaching the 30-year milestone. Pierre was one of the original partners when the doors opened in early march 1980. Industry friends, family and customers joined Pierre and his team on November 30 to mark the anniversary.

One of the major reasons La Boite à Grains has continued to grow over the three decades has been Pierre's willingness to change when needed, and grow when the opportunity presents itself. For example, the original store in the Hull area of Gatineau has had some physical changes over the years, including a major overhaul recently. Even the second La Boite à Grains store, which opened in 2005, didn't escape Pierre's scrutinizing. It recently underwent a little re-vamp to improve the customer flow within the store.

Pierre is encouraged with the way the natural health industry in Quebec has changed over the years, and how things are developing for the future. "The major change I see in recent times is the younger crowd (ages 20 to 35) coming into the store. There has been a mini-baby boom in Quebec the past seven or eight years, so we're getting lots of young families. But we're also getting many single people. Ten years ago, this segment represented about 10 per cent of our business. Today, this age group makes up about 22 per cent of our customer base."

Pierre is confident the hard work of himself and other long-time industry people has contributed greatly to the current growth and interest in the natural health sector. "The words we know and promote – organic, fair trade, buying local, ecological, biodegradable, low foot print on the environment – these are more than words to this group of young people. They don't just know them... they live them. It has become a part of their value system. They really get it and believe in it like we first did 30 years ago ...and this is great news for our planet and our business." •

La Boite à Grains is just one of the many health foods stores in the Ottawa region which is creating news. In the March-April issue of CNHR, we'll be reporting on the changes, expansions and innovations of retailers on both sides of the Ottawa River, including an expanded feature on La Boite à Grains. •

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Le Panier Vert

panier_vert_health_storeA time for change

In times of change, life can be both challenging and rewarding. And no one can attest to this more than the customers, staff and new owners of Le Panier Vert in Chateauguay, QC.

After store owner Leo Bik sadly passed away in April of 2008, Larry Ridge – who was a long-serving employee – stepped in to take ownership of Le Panier Vert.

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Avril Supermarche Sante

It's big. It's innovative. It's beautiful. "It" is the third – and newest – Avril Supermarche, which opened October 10 to much fanfare and support from family and industry colleagues in the Montreal suburb of Brossard."..."

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Nutter's Bulk & Natural Foods

Nutters_health_store_staffNutter's Swift Current now calling a new 6,000 sq. ft. space home

As a youngster, Doug Fleck recalls making the journey into Swift Current, Saskatchewan with his family and shopping for clothes in the Stedman's Department store.  These days, Doug is spending a lot more time in the old Stedman's location.  However, it is now a Nutter's Bulk and Natural Foods, and Doug is the store manager.

 

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Are the new regulations helping retailers

Not when NOW Foods discontinues 53 NHPs due to the regulations' inappropriate standards of evidence, says retailer John Biggs

 

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Manuka Honey

Flora now has Manuka Honey

Flora is now the exclusive Canadian distributor of Manuka Health's MGO™ Manuka Honey. Guaranteed potency, wild crafted and 100 per cent pure New Zealand. MGO™ Manuka Honey is the only food in the world with a scientifically demonstrated high dietary methylglyoxal content. For more information or to order, please call 877/463-5672.

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New gluten relief and tea tree oil products

Natural Factors has introduced two new products.

Gluten Relief contains a proprietary enzyme blend to digest proteins, carbs, and fats, supporting the digestion of gluten, dairy and other difficult-to-digest foods. Gluten Relief reduces the symptoms of bloating, cramps, and gas, and normalizes the inflammatory response to help reduce allergic reactions. It can also reduce skin irritations, and enhances energy levels, improving overall health.

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CNHR News Podcast

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

Check out this month's podcast here

Your customers have spoken.  The numbers are convincing: Canada’s natural health retailers turn to CNHR for your new products.  A survey conducted in June 2020 shows retailers read the ads and Product Profiles, and react to them.  They order products they’ve seen in CNHR.  They look for your new products in CNHR.  Reach your customers via CNHR by print, video and/or podcast.  Various opportunities available to fit any budget. 

• Launch your new products

• Support your sales team

• Be visible as stores re-focus and re-charge

• Stake your position in the “new normal”

• Reach more stores – from coast to coast

• Introduce your company to new potential customers • Combine CNHR’s print, video and podcast options

 

New!  Product profile package

Retailers want to see more of your new products.  So, we’re making it easier for you and them. 

Introducing our new Product Profile Package:  a three-pronged way to reach retailers by combining print, video and podcast.  You get all three!

PRINT:  Claim a spot on CNHR’s Product Profile pages, mailed to health food stores coast to coast, and read by over 10,000 retail store buyers, owners, managers and staff.

VIDEO:  This is new for CNHR – video product reviews.  You’ll get a 30 second review of your product with product image and voiceover.  Five products per video, then e-blasted to CNHR’s database, to be shared among staff and with the store’s customers.   

PODCAST:  Also a new feature.  Your product will get a mention on the New Products portion of the popular CNHR News Podcast, hosted by CNHR editor Bruce Cole and Deane Parkes.   Your company name, product name, a couple of lines, followed with your company contact information.

Three-platform exposure for your new products, delivered by CNHR, the trusted source of industry information retailers have counted on for 24 years.   Three platforms for $699.00

The Product Profile Package is FREE to all full or half page advertisers!

For more information please contact:

Ellen Wheeler, Director of Sales    
ellen.wheeler@alive.com
604-295-9126