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ONFC acquires Black River Juice Company Limited

The Ontario Natural Food Co-op (ONFC), has purchased the assets of one of Canada's leading juice brands – Black River Juice Company.
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Canada's organic market worth $3.7 billion

A recent study of Canada's organic marketplace, launched by the Canadian Organic Trade Association (COTA) indicates Canada's organic market grew to $3.7 billion in 2012, with national sales of certified organic food and non-alcoholic beverages reaching $3 billion.
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Puresource opens new distribution centre

Puresource has opened a new 30,000 sq. ft. distribution facility on Annacis Island in Delta, British Columbia. With the addition of this new facility, Puresource will increase its overall capacity and help support our business growth in Western Canada.
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A Showcase of the Best our Industry has to Offer

Attend Canada’s largest trade show for natural health and organic products

Conference: October 3        Trade Show: October 5

Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building

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Willie Pelzer

Willie Pelzer, the founder of Sunny Crunch Foods Ltd. and former CHFA president, passed away on Friday, May 17 at the age of 79. Willie served as president of CHFA from 1969 to 1971, and again from 1991 to 1997.

A release from CHFA recalls Willie as a person "who worked tirelessly for our industry. Known to many as the saviour of CHFA in the '90s when our Association had come to a crossroads, Willie assumed the leadership role, donated office space and generously provided financing for the revitalization."

Willie was honoured in 1997 by becoming the first recipient of CHFA's prestigious Hall of Fame award.

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Contest will send two retailers to Peru for eight days

Preferred Nutrition is offering retailers an opportunity of a lifetime: a chance to win an eight-day trip to Peru. One lucky retailer will win this Peruvian trip of a lifetime for two (estimated value $10,000). The date of the trip will be August, 2014.

The winner will tour Lima, seeing everything from pre-Inca structures to the beautiful architecture, art and gardens of colonial Lima. Other stops include Cuzco and the Sacred Valley. The highlight of this fantastic adventure is Machu Picchu where you will enjoy a complete guided tour with time for photographs, exploring and enjoying the spectacular views. Machu Picchu is in the top 10 of every "must see" list.

To qualify for the draw, a retailer must purchase a minimum of $2,500 of Ultimate Maca products between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014. To obtain more ballots for the draw, talk to your account manager for bonus ballot opportunities. Ask your account managers for details and start qualifying now.

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Retailers can win a trip for four to Seaworld

Natural Factors is running a contest in support of its new Treehouse Kids Supplements. The "Back To School" contest runs August, September and October 2013. The grand prize is a trip for four to SeaWorld, Orlando, FLA. There are also Daily Prize Packs to be won. Order your Treehouse Kids Supplements display today. For more information, please contact your Natural Factors sales representative.

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ONFC table top event

Retailers invited to ONFC table top event August 10-11

The third Annual Ontario Natural Food Co-op (ONFC) table top show (August 10 and 11) promises a little of everything for retailers.  “This year we will be having 80 vendors, a high-end tent, live entertainment, great giveaways, delicious organic food, tons of samples, new vendors and new products,” says ONFC’s Jesse Rayos.  “And of course we will have big deals for retailers.  It will be tons of fun.”

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Julia Baldwin

Julia Baldwin, the National Key Account Manager for Natural Factors, passed away suddenly on Friday July 12. She was 50.

julie-baldwinArrangements have been made by her family to give industry friends and co-workers an opportunity to say farewell to Julia. Everyone who wishes is welcome to attend one or both of these special events in remembrance of Julia.

There will be an open casket viewing:

Saturday, July 20  10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Burquitlam Funeral Home 625 North Road, Coquitlam, BC    604/936-9987

The funeral service will be held:

Monday, July 22   10:00 am

St. John the Apostle Church  2208 St.John's St.  Port Moody, BC

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CHFA Vancouver awards and pictures

CHFA Vancouver awards and pictures.

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Food Trends

This article was a combined effort of the staff at Eden Foods.

Whole grain has been a core component of human sustenance for well over 10,000 years. Some advanced cultures of the world have revered a particular grain so much that they deemed it sacred and made it a civilizing fundamental and a daily food staple. Most of these grains have endured and remain a primary source of nourishment for a majority of the world's people.

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The supplement category is constantly changing and evolving.  We contacted some supplement experts to find out what is currently trending in this category with both ingredients and customer wants.

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Retailers find green solutions at ONFC seminar

A number of natural retailers searching for solutions to make their stores "greener" hit the jackpot recently.

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Natural Factors introduces joint support

Joint support product reduces pain in only seven day

Natural Factors has introduced a new joint support product that combines the latest cutting-edge joint supplement – NEM – with glucosamine in one convenient product. Recent clinical studies on Natural Eggshell Membrane (NEM) revealed that supplementation with 500 mg NEM, taken once daily, significantly reduces pain in just seven days.

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Organika wins business excellence award

The Richmond (B.C.) Chamber of Commerce has named Organika Health Products as its Business of the Year (76+ Employees Category). The Richmond Annual Business Excellence Awards showcases the quality and diversity of Richmond's thriving business community. The chamber assesses each finalist based on a variety of criteria, including positive business growth, superior customer service and an outstanding commitment to quality. Organika was selected for its vision, management, business success and corporate citizenship. •

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Health First Network draws 200 to AGM in Ottawa

Ottawa lived up to its heritage as a cross-roads and meeting place in November as 200 people converged on the Nation's Capitol for Health First Network's annual general meeting (AGM).

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Genuine Health raises $18,000 in "Movember"

by Stewart Brown, founder and CEO, Genuine Health

This November, I stepped out of my comfort zone for a very important cause. I'm not usually the type to sport any facial hair, but for the month of what is now globally known as "Movember," I decided to put my heart on my sleeve and grow a symbol of solidarity against threats to men's health.... in the middle of my face. I successfully grew and endured a formidable "trucker-stache" with the support (and teasing, with fun poked at my apparent resemblance to Hulk Hogan) of my team; Genuine Health raised over $18,000. My mo' has been fun and annoying, and it definitely isn't my regular style, but I believe 100 per cent in the style in which Movember stimulates action and awareness.

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Eos Fine Foods welcomes new owner

Eos Fine Foods, a natural foods store that has been in business for 39 years in Wolfville, N.S., has a new owner.

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Canadian organic bar goes to space

A Canadian organic bar has boldly gone where no organic bar has gone before.

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Eden makes Men's Health "125 Best Foods for Men

Eden makes Men's Health "125 Best Foods for Men"s Garden City store. •

Organic Eden Black Bean & Quinoa Chili, Refried Pinto Beans, and Garbanzo Beans (chickpeas) were selected by Men's Health magazine for November's annual feature, "The 125 Best Foods for Men." This is the seventh time Eden Foods has been similarly honoured by Men's Health.

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

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Coming Up in the Next Issue...

CHFA West :  February 22-25

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