To mark its second year in Canada, UNFI held its first-ever retailer trade show May 30 and 31 in Vaughan, ON. Spread over two days, the event featured over 100 vendors, a morning of keynote speakers and an evening customer appreciation event.
Natracare has been named the recipient of a 2012 Responsible Packaging award for the Natracare Natural Maxi Pads, third party certified, compostable bio bags, awarded by the Responsible Packaging Project.
Vega has introduced Vega Energizing Smoothie, a quick way to "energize your day" with a convenient, on-the-go nutrient boost. Vega Energizing Smoothie contains 10 g of protein, 5 g of fibre and 1 g of Omega-3. Just add water, shake and go!
Carlson Laboratories has announced eight of its fish oil products have been recognized by the International Taste & Quality Institute. The ITQI presented one golden star for Carlson & Carlson for Kids Norwegian Cod Liver Oil (lemon flavour), Super D Omega-3 Liquid (lemon flavour), and Carlson & Carlson for Kids The Very Finest Fish Oil (both lemon and orange flavours). Carlson's most highly concentrated fish oil, MedOmega (lemon-lime flavour), received two golden stars.
Since its launching in February 2012, it has been a “sweet ride” for Organika’s Organic Coconut Palm Sugar. The product was recently appointed one of the Top 10 Innovative Products in the Grocery Showcase West held in Vancouver in late April. Evaluated for its unique nature, buzz-worthy quality and consumer response rate, Organika’s Organic Coconut Palm Sugar was in the running against 400-plus exhibitors.
Visit www.organika.com under the “What’s New” page or look under “Food” category for more information. •
The Ontario-based Good Health Mart group of stores held its third annual Supplier Meeting in Port Severn in late May. Above, franchisees and store managers – along with owners Eunice and Murray McMahon – took a moment between meetings to gather outside Rawley Lodge. GHM attendees were treated to training and updates from select suppliers. "We want to thank the four suppliers who participated – SISU, New Chapter, Natural Factors and Prairie Naturals," said Eunice. The event is important to GHM, explained Murray. "Staff appreciates the training and opportunity to learn about the new products from the suppliers." •
The curcumin molecule has several different actions. This seems to be the key to curcumin's potent effects in chronic degenerative disorders, which often have multiple pathways of dysfunction that converge to cause disease. For example, research shows curcumin can regulate numerous pathways that have been linked to inflammatory diseases, including transcription factors, cytokines, protein kinases, adhesion molecules, redox status, and enzymes.
This berry-flavoured powder is an effective source of easily absorbed magnesium. Magnesium helps the body metabolize carbohydrates, fats and proteins. It also helps in the maintenance of bones and teeth, in tissue formation, and to maintain proper muscle function. Insufficient magnesium may contribute to stress, trouble sleeping, and muscle tension.
Natural Factors PGX SATISFAST Whey Protein combines the health and weight loss benefits of two exceptional products; clinically proven PGX (PolyGlycopleX®) and 100% natural whey protein. Available in French Vanilla and Chocolate.
The Canadian Organic Trade Association, with Canadian Organic Growers, is excited to announce Canada's third annual National Organic Week, a time to celebrate healthy food, safe environments and sustainable family farms and products from September 22 to 29. This year's celebration of "All Things Organic" is a great opportunity for the organic community in Canada to come together, and for retailers in particular to engage with the public. Over the last two years, Organic Week has featured events at the local, regional and national level, with 28 company sponsors and hundreds of participating retailers, chefs and public events.
There are many ways to get involved, and it costs nothing to come up with a great Organic Week idea or event. In the past, participating retailers have used Organic Week as a backdrop to a new front store display profiling organic products; organic food and drink samplings; organic garden workshops and even organized mini-farmers markets.
The Organic Week graphic banner, logo, and supporting materials (posters, shelf wobblers, info-sheets or consumer materials) are shared with participating retailers. All participating retailers are listed on the official Organic Week website (www.organicweek.ca) and events listings directories, and promoted through social media.
If you are a retailer and would like to be involved, please contact email@example.com. Remember to visit Organic Week's website (www.organicweek.ca) to find out about upcoming organic events and activities in your area.
Dale and Linda Bolton are doing some amazing things through their Natural Calm product line to help feed African orphans, by teaching organic farming and providing nutritional education. They are accomplishing great things, but could use more support from our industry. Please take a minute to visit www.organics4orphans.org and see what they are doing.
The New Direction Business Award is presented to a NSBA business that identifies and pursues a new business idea. Sangster's Health Centres won this award based on its pursuit of integrating its own manufacturing facility – Canadian Bio – into daily operations. This vertical integration of Canadian Bio is invaluable as Sangster's can now control the quality of its own products, make special runs if product is needed quickly, and give customers a better price on Sangster's brand of products.
Sangster's Health Centres opened its first store in 1971 in Yorkton, Sk. Today, Sangster's has 37 locations across Canada, with its head office based in Saskatoon. •
I want to introduce two new initiatives from CNHR to provide this option: The CNHR Retailer Forum and the CNHR Retailer Mentorship Program.
The Retailer Forum will be on our website, cnhr.ca. Here's how it works: if you have a question, problem or concern, post it on the Retailer Forum on cnhr.ca. I invite all other retailers to offer their thoughts, solutions, ideas, etc. to the posed question.
It also works in reverse: if you have a tip, an idea or good-news story other retailers can learn from, post it. Hopefully, the Retailer Forum will result in lots of interaction and conversation between retailers, and loads of problem solving and information exchange. You can go to Retailer Forum on cnhr.ca. to check it out.
The Mentorship Program will require experienced, established retailers who are willing to share and serve as a mentor to newer, less experienced retailers one-on-one. I will put people together, and let you do your own thing.
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you fall into either of these groups: if you're either looking for help or if you're willing to help.
Everyday, you are sharing your vast product knowledge with consumers in your stores. I am hopeful many of you will be as generous with your business knowledge in helping your fellow retailers across the country. •.
After careful consumer research, Team Vega noted that its internationally-recognized Vega brand has earned customers' trust as a leader in clean nutrition. By aligning the entire family of brands under the single Vega name, the company hopes to create more consistency within the brands, increase in-store brand recognition and make the entire line of products more easily-recognizable to consumers.
November 17 was a special night for David Chapman, founder and past-president of Purity Life Health Products. It was his official retirement party, and it was a well-attended gathering, which included David's family, co-workers, former employees, vendors, retailers and other industry friends.
It was also a night to honour David's wife and partner in business, Elyse Chapman.
Preferred Nutrition is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. To celebrate, the company will be inviting its retail partners, suppliers and consumers to join them throughout the year with special events, offers, contests and more. In a press release, the company said, "Preferred Nutrition has had the privilege of serving the health food industry for the past 10 years as a strong supporter of health food stores. It has been our goal to provide unique, high quality products to help create healthier, happier lives for consumers. Our hope is that the next 10 years will provide more opportunities to continue our strong ties with the health food store community and to provide products that will help consumers make educated and healthy choices. Please accept our thanks for your support over the past 10 years – we are all in this together!"
Kim Ryrie of Community Natural Foods in Calgary (centre) was the lucky winner of an iPad in the Preferred Nutrition CHFA East 2011 contest winner. Presenting Kim with her i-Pad is Preferred's western regional manager Linda Pedersen (left) of Health Sales Canada and Shelley Mehta, Preferred's business development manager.
Sangster's Health Centres is looking for a new franchisee for its new Prince Albert, Saskatchewan store. Sangster's recently moved to a new larger location in the Cornerstone Shopping Centre in Prince Albert. The Sangster's store has been in Prince Albert for 17 years. However, the current franchisee is retiring, so Sangster's is searching for a new franchisee to welcome into the family.
In other Sangster's news, Jenn Heibein is taking on the newly formed education coordinator position at Sangster's. Jenn has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Guelph and has been with Sangster's for three years as the product development manager. With a strong passion for the industry, Jenn is taking on the endeavour of spreading natural health knowledge to both retailers and consumers, which Sangster's believes is key in this industry.
Sangster's is a family business which started in Yorkton, Sk. in 1971
EDEN Foods has introduced Organic EDEN Whole Leaf Dulse. EDEN Dulse Palmaria palmate is wild hand-harvested near the mouth of the Bay of Fundy just off of Grand Manan, New Brunswick. This island is famous for dulse due to a unique growing environment. High cliffs on the west side shade the dulse beds from early sunlight. This results in the high quality dulse. The cold North Atlantic, morning shade, and vigorous, nurturing tidal flow creates ideal growing conditions for it. EDEN Dulse is certified organic and sustainably hand harvested. www.edenfoods.com
Are you taking calcium or vitamin D? This book could save your life! Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox is a book written by Dr. Kate Rhéaume-Bleue.
Millions of people take vitamin D and calcium supplements for bone health. New research shows that this actually increases the risk of heart attack and stroke because the added calcium lodges itself in arteries. The secret to keeping bones strong and arteries clear is vitamin K2, a little-known supernutrient that humans once thrived on and that has been ignored by scientists for almost 70 years. To order this book, please ask your Natural Factors rep.
Dr. Roger Rogers, co-founder of InspireHealth and a pioneer of integrative medicine, passed away on November 22, 2011 at the age of 83. A practitioner of patient-centered medicine: Roger inspired, empowered and engaged his patients in their health. Recognizing early on in his career that patients themselves, could impact their health and survival as much as any medicine they took. Roger provided the inspiration that engaged his patients in their life-long pursuit of health.
Born in Vancouver in 1928, Dr. Rogers received his BA and BSW from UBC and practiced social work until he entered medicine in 1955. He interned at St. Paul's Hospital and operated a family practice in Vancouver for twenty five years, with an emphasis on prevention and a holistic approach to health.
Dr. Rogers was involved in founding and supporting the Association of Complementary & Integrative Physicians of BC (ACIPBC), and the Canadian Complementary Medical Association (CCMA). In 2002, Roger was inducted into the Canadian Health Food Association's Hall of Fame.
Recognized as a pioneer and leader in integrative cancer care – both nationally and internationally – Dr. Rogers was the grateful recipient of many awards and acknowledgements, culminating in the presentation of the Order of British Columbia in 2001. The Hecht Foundation created the Dr. Roger Rogers Prize in 2007, which awards a $250,000 prize biennially to a leader in complementary and alternative medicine.
A kind, compassionate human being; Roger dedicated himself to loving and caring for his patients, and his patients loved him in return.
Nutrition House has opened three new stores in Ontario: Humbertown Shopping Centre in Etobicoke franchised by Chester Listoria, Headon Forest Shopping Centre in Burlington franchised by Stephanie West, and Liberty Village Shopping Centre in Toronto franchised by Anthony Kim and Michael Chang.
Nutrition House also sold a corporate store located in the Southcentre Mall in Calgary, Alberta, franchised by Tiffany-Joy Robertson. And the Nutrition House in Fairview Pointe Claire in Pointe Claire, Quebec has changed owners. The new owner is Eva Agathengelou.
In total, Nutrition House has 62 stores across Canada, and now three American-based stores in Atlanta, Georgia franchised by Ray and Norma Curby.
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