Canada's business magazine for traditional natural health retailers

Canada's business magazine for traditional natural health retailers

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.

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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. 

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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

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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 

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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. 

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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.” 

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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.

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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.

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Gaudaur Natural Foods

gaudaur health food storeJake Gaudaur knows the road workers fairly well: they seem to have been tearing up the road in front of his café for months.  “Any luck?” he asks one of them.   The worker replies, “Not yet.  We’re going to try over there.”   “The sidewalk?” asks Jake. “No…over there,” says the worker, pointing to a spot in the road that is still untouched.

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Nine ways to make your business healthier

alive rick kroetschRick Kroetsch, associate publisher of Alive Publishing Group had some wonderful information to share with retailers who attended the Puresource retailer conference in June.  The basis of his presentation was to inspire attendees to be opened minded in their quest to make their stores healthier.

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Organika's coming re-brand reflects evolving perspective

organika new logoAfter 27 years of pioneering good health, Organika is introducing a new re-brand initiative.   The new tagline and new purpose – “Your Natural Solution” – more thoughtfully and effectively combines Organika’s core focus on contributing natural solutions to you and your customer’s good health.  Organika will be launching this exciting re-brand initiative in 2018.  

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CNHR News Podcast

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

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November/December Issue

Editorial in this issue:

CHFA East Wrap-up

We'll be providing coverage of CHFA East, including new product launches, news and photos from the show and coverage of the CHFA award winners.  We’ll have some photos from the fun we’ll be having at our booth.  We’re holding a TIFF-themed event, including a red carpet, a photo wall, swag bags and mini-interviews with “the stars of the natural health industry” (the retailers!)

Follow-up with customers after CHFA East

When CHFA East is over, CNHR can help you follow-up and re-enforce all of your sales efforts at the show by blanketing your target audience from coast to coast.  

I can explain all of the advertising, new product and editorial opportunities available to you to help you maximize your show expenditures and take your sales message out into the field.  Remember: CNHR reaches all of the retailers who attended the show, plus the thousands who didn’t attend!  Think of CNHR Magazine as your only sales person that gets into all health food stores from coast to coast, six times per year.

Book now for 2020, get 2019 rates!

Book your 2020 ad plan with CNHR before December 1 and we’ll give you the 2019 ad rates, plus an extra Product Profile in both CHFA show issues.  (Applies only to half-page ads and larger).

Congratulate the Brock Elliott Award winner

Congratulate the store that wins the prestigious Brock Elliott Memorial Award for Excellence in Retailing in print in CNHR.  Your logo and congratulatory message (for only $450) appear on the page with other vendors, extending your best wishes to the winning store.

Unsurpassed value – Product Profiles

Ask me about our Product Profiles. They are super-effective and super-affordable. Regardless of your company size or advertising budget, you cannot beat the value of a Product Profile in CNHR. Reach thousands of key buyers in stores from coast to coast for only $450 per issue for pennies per reader!

Contact: Candace Sicari - candace@cnhr.ca or Katherine Stevens - kstevens@cnhr.ca

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