Canada's business magazine for traditional natural health retailers

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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Vita Health awards John Holtmann scholarship

Patricia Castro of the Vita Health Garden City store in Winnipeg, MB has been named the winner of the inaugural John Holtmann Memorial Scholarship.

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Mar/Apr issue

Supplement Update

We'll talk to some of the leaders in the industry to get the latest news, updates and trends in supplements.

New Focus at Sangster's

Sangster's Health Centres is rolling out a new store model: Sangster's Organic Market, with a focus on food.

Nature's Fare expansion

We'll be looking at the recent 2,500 sq. ft. expansion of the Nature's Fare store in Kelowna.

Celebrating 40 years

The Stone Store has been a fixture in Guelph, ON for 40 years. Founders and owners Candice Pergolas and Brenda Aherne speak with CNHR, and share some of their secrets of 40 great years as partners.

Show Review

We'll be reviewing both the Guelph Organic Conference and CHFA Quebec conference/trade shows.

This is in addition to our regular great columnists, our Trade Talk industry news section, our Product Profiles and much more.

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CHFA East 2012 photos

More photos of suppliers and retailers at this years CHFA show in Toronto.    Click here.
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CHFA East 2012 Photo Album

For the Photo Album for CHFA East 2012, click here
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Award Winners CHFA East 2012

For pictures of the award winners CHFA East, 2012, Toronto, click here.
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Vita Health opening seventh store in February 2013

Vita Health Stores in Winnipeg has announced plans for its newest and largest store to date. Vita Health Westwood will be opening in February 2013. 

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Choices Markets, The Big Carrot winners of Fairtrade Canada awards

Two of Canada's best-known health food stores were recently honoured for their ongoing commitment to fair trade products. Vancouver's Choices Markets and Toronto's The Big Carrot were among seven companies and organizations to win Canadian Fairtrade Awards, which were presented September 20 in Toronto by Fairtrade Canada.

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Zak's in Sundridge expanding to 2,100 sq. ft.

The biggest health food store in the village of Sundridge ON is expanding.  Zak's Naturally, located three and a half hours north of Toronto, is expanding from 1,200 sq. ft. to 2,100 sq. ft.

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Two new lines from Organika

Organika has introduced single serving organic 100 per cent Natural Coconut Palm Sugar packs. It embodies the full round flavours of butterscotch and caramel without the metallic finish of cane sugar.

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Natural Factors has launched a new amino acids line

Acetyl-L-Carnitine 500mg enhances cognition and boosts physical and mental energy. Carnitine 500mg improves endurance and promotes healthy body composition and converts fat into energy. L-Carnosine 500mg supports healthy aging and cellular rejuvenation as well as supporting muscle vitality. Glutamine 500mg powder protects muscle tissue and supports immune function and provides natural muscle food. Natural Factors Arginine 1000mg supports healthy heart function and helps muscle intensity, strength and recovery.
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Organika products gain both awards and attention

Organika has been collecting some hardware recently. The company has captured Silver and Bronze medals in the alive 2012 Awards Poll for its Organic Virgin Coconut Oil.

Also, Organika's Organic Coconut Vinegar and Coconut Vinegar with Raw Wild Honey were among the Top 10 Most Innovative Products at the recent Grocery Show East 2012

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Preferred campaign nets $42,000 donation for CWF

Preferred Nutrition's president Deane Parkes and national sales manager Deb Laroque present Kathryn Babcock and Crystal Daniel of The Canadian Women's Foundation with a cheque for $42,000, which was raised this year through Preferred Nutrition's Have a Heart campaign. The CWF helps women and girls fight poverty and violence.
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Natracare teams with teens in Green Challenge

In October, Natracare teamed up with youth-led, non-profit Teens Turning Green in a bid to build a powerful, diverse and far-reaching movement with Project Green Challenge. Almost 1,900 students from 25 countries and 392 schools engaged, inspired and mobilized to change the world.

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SISU Ester-C Challenge for retailers, consumers

Take the SISU Ester-C Challenge! For the second year in a row, SISU is challenging consumers and retailers to stay healthy during the cold and flu season.  From November to February, you can sign up to take the challenge at and be entered to win the grand prize of a $2,000 travel voucher! Also, by registering online, you'll be eligible to win monthly prize packs. Contact your SISU account manager for more details
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CNHR News Podcast

cnhr radio hour

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

Check out this month's podcast here

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 -

Community Board

Watch here for Job Postings, Wanted Ads, For Hire, etc. To add, contact Donna

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