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Congratulations 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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Congratulations 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. •
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.
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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Taste of Nature is set to launch The Go Ontario bar at CHFA East in Toronto, which it calls the first bar using 100 per cent Ontario grown ingredients. It was the next natural evolution in Taste of Nature's "green" mandate, taking into account not only the health of consumers but also the health of our planet. Inspired by Ecosource and its organizational Youth and Local Food program, Taste of Nature has created the Go Ontario granola bar in collaboration with EcoSource and Ontario's Greenbelt. A portion of sales is donated to Ecosource to help promote better eating habits in Ontario schools. One of Go Ontario bar's goal is to help the local economy by supporting local Ontario farmers and bringing awareness into the local sustainable food movement.
For more information on Go Ontario and the nine great organic flavours, please visit www.tasteofnature.ca or place your orders with ONFC, Sunopta and Purity Life. •
Sequel Naturals, maker of Vega whole food health products, has secured a place for the third year in a row on the prestigious PROFIT 100 list of the fastest-growing companies in Canada. This year Sequel Naturals ranks as Canada's 32nd fastest-growing company, moving up 12 places from 44th in 2009.
Last year, retailers helped Natural Factors and Vitamin Angels connect infants and children with essential nutrients. Natural Factors donated 18,345 bottles of Learning Factors Advanced School-Aid chewable softgels to Vitamin Angels through the "Buy One, Give One" Campaign. This year, Natural Factors is offering consumers three $5,000 prizes towards the educational needs of children in our own communities through the Learning Factors "Every Child Deserves the Chance to Learn" Campaign. Contact your sales rep for details.
The Health 4 U Group opened its newest store recently in Stony Plain, AB. Health 4 U co-owner Stuart Hellis (centre) conducted the ribbon cutting ceremony, with help from Health 4 U general manager Karen Scott and two local dignitaries: Stony Plain's mayor Ken Lemke (right) and Glen McCalpin, the president of the town's chamber of commerce. •
Sol Cuisine's Mushroom Rice Burger has been voted "best vegetarian item" by the Canadian Liver Foundation. The LIVERight Awards celebrate the best and most innovative food products that are both nutritious and delicious. •
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