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St Francis introduces five new products

St Francis Herb Farm is planning to introduce five new products at CHFA East in October. New products include: Fémance Menopause (Vitex Combo) Vegicaps, Liquid Coconut Oil, Coconut Oil & Butter Ghee Cooking Spray, Oréganum Plus for Kids, and Oréganum Plus Gelcaps with Vitamin A.
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New branding for Vitality

As reported in the May-June issue of CNHR, one of Canada's oldest natural health companies has rebranded. Cheryl Grant from Vitality says the new branding reflects energy, confidence and simplicity to help customers select products. The branding was created with the busy retail shelves in mind to be fresh, and eye catching for merchandising in natural health stores.
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Vega has new recycled packaging

Vega has introduced a category first for the nutritional beverage and sport nutrition category: 100 per cent (excluding colorant) post-consumer recycled plastic tubs for the entire Vega One and Vega sport line. The new tubs contain 96 per cent recycled content which helps save landfill space and helps preserve the environment. This packaging change is part of Vega's ongoing commitment to provide sustainable products, packaging and practices that meet the needs and expectations of conscientious customers.
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Organika renames product

To meet Health Canada's regulations, Organika has re-named Organika's Organic Coconut Aminos. The new name is Organic Coconut Sauce.
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Vitamosts' Formula FLW now available direct to retailers

"For many years, Formula FLW was only available to retailers through third-party distributors," explained Brian Bylsma, Vitamost's vice-president and director of sales. "Someone once said to me that the best people to sell a product are the people who created it. So, that's what we're doing. We are proud and excited to be offering the original arterial cleansing and cardiovascular health product, formulated by our founder David W. Rowlands 30 years ago. Formula FLW continues to deliver remarkable results."

By selling direct, Vitamost can support retailers through prompt access and training, while providing access to additional condition specific educational material.

For more information and to read testimonials about Formula FLW, please go to or you can call


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Natural Factors launches four new products

The all-new ECHINAMIDE Quick-Blast liqui-gel softchews arrive just in time for winter. Your customers will love this soothing eucalyptus, peppermint and lemon in a base of honey and super-strength Echinamide to instantly soothe the throat and clear the sinuses in one quick blast.

Natural Factors new Green Coffee Bean will be a popular choice for your customers interested in healthy weight control.

Natural Factors Organic Oil of Oregano has been a top selling product for years. Natural Factors has just released the extremely potent, easy to use Organic Oil of Oregano in softgels.

Natural Factors new, easy to swallow RxOmega-3 Mini-Gels are high potency omega-3 EPA and DHA at half the size of other fish oil softgels. The clear enteric-coated softgels will prevent fishy repeat.

Also, the new Natural Factors website is coming soon. Estimated launch time is early October. You and your customers will enjoy improved navigation and increased education content on products and health conditions.

For more information, please contact your Natural Factors representative or visit

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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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CNHR News Podcast

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

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July/August Issue


It is the once-a-year issue of CNHR where we turn the spotlight on to our industry suppliers. We share your stories of innovation, determination and creativity in bringing your products to market. It is the opportunity for suppliers to show and tell how they support the natural health retailers.

What is the "deal?"

It is our best offer of the year: When you buy a full or half page ad, you get a FREE full or half page to tell your company’s story. In this issue, our editorial is your company story.

Contact: Candace Sicari - or Katherine Stevens -

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