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Toronto retailer marks 20 years of fighting bullying and racism

wholesome marketTaslim and Hanif Jamal – the owners of Toronto’s The Wholesome Market – just celebrated 20 years of working with Community Builders Youth Leadership. This not-for-profit organization was founded in 1994 by a committed group of educators with extensive experience in teaching, counselling, and working through the arts with children.

Community Builders’ mission and passion is to help create inclusive school communities by developing the leadership capacity of young people and adults. They train elementary students, teachers and parents in anti-bullying, social inclusion, equity and conflict resolution, while raising their awareness of racism, sexism, classism and other forms of oppression.

The Wholesome Market donates $2,000 annually to the group and is planning something big in May: a community event based at the store with the goal of raising awareness of the important issues Community Builders addresses, and $5,000 in donations to support this work. The funds will go toward the recruiting and training of volunteers, as well as additional staff. This will enable the organization to go into more school communities to teach students and raise awareness of the issues.

“What we are doing through the store is trying to get much more involved in the community,” explained Hanif, who recalls being bullied as a youngster when his family was new to Canada. “Community Builders helps kids understand racism, homophobia, classism, ableism and the many other ways that people get hurt. They’re teaching the kids the right words and the most effective approach to dealing with tough situations. This type of community program is something I encourage all business owners to consider supporting.”

Community Builders’ co-founder Jerry Brodey says stepping in to help someone who is being bullied, excluded or targeted by oppression isn't easy for anyone – children or adults. “We’re giving them the skills and tools to be pro-active. Young people believe they can make a difference, and we need to support them to do that. These are skills that will help them to have healthy relationships now when they’re young, and as they go through the rest of their lives. Community Builders is definitely an antidote for hopelessness.”

The Wholesome Market has had support from some of its suppliers, including Mike and Mike’s, Indigo, Purity Life, Sunflower Kitchen, Gordian Health First and Little Stream Bakery. Hanif is hoping more suppliers as well as his customers will join the effort. “This is about helping kids deal with bullying and show caring to others,” says Hanif. “The more people who stand up to bullying and exclusion, the less power it has.”

For more information, visit cbyouthleadership.org or contact Hanif at 647/500-3474 or hanif647@yahoo.ca.

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Good Health Mart marks 25 years July 1

good health martThe Good Health Mart group of stores celebrates its 25th anniversary July 1.   It was 1993 when Eunice and Murray McMahon bought a health food store in Woodbridge, ON. Within two years, they built a second store in Belleville, ON and by the next year, they were franchising their concept.

Through franchising and acquiring existing stores, GHM grew to a 12-store organization.   “Some of our staff and franchisees have been with us for over 20 years,” said Murray. “Many more have been with us for over five years and counting. We give heartfelt thanks to our loyal staff and customers and long-time suppliers who have been on this journey with us.”   CNHR will be featuring Good Health Mart in the next issue.

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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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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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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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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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Over 70 attend inaugural Purity Life beauty summit in Quebec City

purity life beautyIn June of 2017, Purity Life Health Products LP hosted its first beauty summit.  The result was a very positive and educational gathering of some of the company’s most valued business partners, including 38 natural health retailers.  In total, 71 people took part, including staff, vendors and speakers.

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Official opening of Nature’s Emporium newest store

new natures emporiumNature’s Emporium’s new store in Appleby Common, Burlington, ON was formally opened with an illustrious gathering of local dignitaries and senior store staff. 

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Organika opens new eastern distribution facility

Organika has opened a new 10,000 sq. ft. warehouse and distribution facility in Scarborough, ON.  “The goal is to increase the consumer experience level through a facility that will provide quicker shipping times,” says Organika’s Aaron Chin. 

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CHFA: “Health Canada listening to industry members, consumers”

by Helen Long, CHFA president

So the question on everyone’s mind lately is, ‘What’s going on with the NHP Regulations?’  As someone involved in this file every day, I’m going to share my thoughts.  To make sure everyone’s on the same page – here’s a brief overview of what’s happened so far. 

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Avril planning new stores in Sherbrooke, Laval

avrilAvril Supermarché Santé is growing again.   The Quebec-based natural health food retailer has attracted national attention in recent years for the creation of its beautiful stores, and now the company has announced the opening of two more.

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Show buzz, CHFA West

 

A few things that are taking place at CHFA West April 6-9

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Guelph Organic Conference January 26-29

Guelph Organic Conference January 26-29

If you are looking for a boost of energy and enthusiasm, don’t forget the Guelph Organic Conference is coming January 26-29 to the University of Guelph. 

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CHFA Quebec February 10,11

CHFA Quebec February 10,11

CHFA Quebec is returning to the Palais des congrès de Montréal on February 10 & 11.  With just over 130 exhibitors, this event delivers a unique opportunity for local retailers to meet with manufacturers and distributors from across Canada. 

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AQN: Practical help for Canada's health food stores

Assured Quality Natural (AQN) is officially up and running.  AQN is an extensive marketing initiative and it has one goal only: to help independent natural health food stores remain strong and vibrant in their communities.  
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Industry needs to come together to oppose Health Canada’s proposal to regulate NHPs as drugs

 

nhps are not drugsThe following is a letter from CHFA president Helen Long.  Please read it and take appropriate action.

If you were at CHFA East, you were probably hearing a lot of buzz on the show floor about #NHPsAreNotDrugs, our latest campaign in support of the natural health product industry. If you weren’t in attendance, this is a critical issue for our entire industry and we need everyone to help.

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Bruce Cole wins John Holtmann Award

Bruce ColeCHFA presentation of Bruce Cole accepting the John Holtmann Award in Vancouver.

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Sangster’s: three new stores opening by July

Sangster’s: three new stores opening by July

Sangster’s Franchise has started the year off with a bang and the announcement that three new stores are scheduled to open before July.  “We’re excited to be going into some new markets for us, where the choice of a good selection of natural remedies and organics has been lacking,” explained Wanda Wilson, vice-president of Sangster’s Franchise head office.  One store is opening in Alberta in April, while the other two stores open in Ontario: one in May, and the other tentatively set for June.   

Sangster’s 45th anniversary celebration started off in January and continues with great sales and prizes given away throughout the year.  sangsters.com 

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Eden wins Trailblazer award

Grocery Headquarters Magazine has again selected Eden Foods as a winner of the magazine’s Selling Wellness Trailblazer Award for 2016.

The awards recognize innovation within the wellness category and are designed to honour those companies and organizations that have had the most impact on the industry. Grocery Headquarters’ editorial team used a number of criteria in reviewing candidates by selecting companies that value and exhibit a strong commitment to innovation, creativity, transparency and sustainability.

This is the sixth time Eden Foods has been awarded a Trailblazer Award by Grocery Headquarters. 

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