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SISU restructures sales management team

SISU restructures sales management team

To better serve its customers and to address changes in the industry, SISU has restructured its sales management to divide eastern and western Canada and provide full oversight for its independent, national and key account businesses.   Tracy Creighton, a familiar face to many retailers, will now focus exclusively on  eastern Canada as regional sales director.

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Preferred Nutrition Maca Peru winners

Preferred Nutrition Maca Peru winners

Avi Dor and Nicholas Durand of Biodor Produit Naturels, Montreal, toured Peru as the winners of the Ultimate Maca Contest in Peru, with George Hildebrandt and Joanne McDonald (with husband Steve McDonald) of Preferred Nutrition. George of Hilgan Enterprises, a native of Peru, was their tour guide.  The current contest for the 2015 Ultimate Maca Peru trip ends in March. Talk to your Preferred Nutrition account manager for details on how to win a trip to Peru with George and Preferred Nutrition.  

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Kardish Health Food Centre wins Ottawa best business award

Kardish Health Food Centre wins Ottawa best business award

Kardish Health Food Centre, Ottawa, ON, has been named the Outstanding Business of the Year Award winner as part of The Best Ottawa Business Awards, which was presented Nov. 20.

Brothers Robert and Carey Assaf, the co-owners of Kardish, have been involved with the organization for much of their lives: their father, Michael, was a franchisee who owned and operated Kardish locations between 1984 and 2005.  After working with the business in various capacities, the brothers acquired full ownership in 2010.

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Guelph Organic Expo

Recharging, learning and munching should be your top priorities for the annual Guelph Organic Conference & Expo.

“We’ve been selling organics for 21 years and you tend to get caught up in the day-to-day operations of the store,” notes Lynda Phillips, president of Lyn-Dys Health Foods in London, Ontario.  “It’s so nice to go to the conference and get re-confirmed about our purpose,” she adds.  Some days can be tough in retail, especially those filled with customers who question the products offered.  At the conference, “you can socialize with like-minded people, and get that boost to keep going with what you’re doing,” says Lynda.

Conference manager Tomás Nimmo feels that one of the biggest benefits of the conference is the ability to meet with primary suppliers.  “This is a great opportunity to meet with agri-producers/manufacturers and their distributors, sample their products, and talk at length with them,” notes Tomas.  “This is a no- pressure show,” he adds. 

The conference is also a great educational opportunity. “In our store we are often broaching the conversation ‘what is organic,’ and helping people talk to their families about why eating organic is important,” says Lynda.  “The technical information is very helpful,” she notes.  For example, workshops such as Organic Certification Demystified are designed to assist interested consumers, but also are beneficial for store staff.  The conference also draws a diverse gathering of farmers, eco-associations and motivated consumers, making for great networking.

The success of the conference mirrors the continued increase in consumer demand for organics.  A 2013 study by the Canada Organic Trade Association (COTA), found that the value of the Canadian organic food market – at $3 billion per year – had tripled since 2006.  It also found that 58 per cent of Canadians reported purchasing some organic products every week, with this rate even higher amongst ethnic Canadians, people living in Canada’s largest cities, households with young families and consumers with university educations.

This year’s conference features close to 160 exhibitors including Pfennings Organic (both the farm distributor and the farm store), Organic Meadow, Ontario Natural Food Co-op, Nature’s Path, Crofters, Organics Live and dozens more.  The workshop schedule is jam packed with 42 offerings covering a diverse range of topics including soil fertility, organic crop production, pollination, permaculture, restoration agriculture and many others. 

The Guelph Organic Conference takes place January 29 to February 1 2015.  Registration, maps and details can be found at www.guelphorganicconf.ca. •

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CHFA Quebec 2015

CHFA Quebec 2015

After several years at another downtown Montreal location, CHFA Quebec is returning to the Palais des congrès in 2015.

With approximately 140 exhibiting companies, this will be the largest show that CHFA has held in Montreal.   The event, which only takes place every other year, is an excellent opportunity to source new products, meet with manufacturers and suppliers that you might not see otherwise and network with the industry.  In addition to the many show specials that exhibitors will have available, you can also take advantage of free education being held right on the show floor. The CHFA is also proud to host the CHFA Industry Achievement Awards & Dinner on February 6 which celebrates excellence in the natural health and organic products industry.

Complete details and information on registering can be found on the CHFA website, chfa.ca or by emailing info@chfa.ca.

CHFA Winter Classic

CHFA is organizing the third annual Winter Classic, a hockey game between industry suppliers and retailers on Thursday, February 5 at 2:00 pm at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard. We invite everyone to come out to watch the fun and then gather at the sports bar inside the complex for a reception following the game.  Shuttle bus service has been arranged  to and from the event from the Westin Hotel, located directly across from the Palais des congrès on St. Antoine. Check the CHFA website for complete details on this fun afternoon that marks the opening event for the CHFA Quebec weekend.  • 

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Friend of the Sea certification

Friend of the Sea certification

Renew Life has announced its Norwegian Gold Fish Oil line is now Friend of the Sea Certified. 

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National Nutrition wins award for retailing excellence

National Nutrition wins award for retailing excellence

CHFA East in Toronto proved to be a good weekend for Darren Firth (centre) and the entire team at National Nutrition in Orillia, ON.

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Two new books on collagen, magnesium from Preferred Nutrition

Two new books on collagen, magnesium from Preferred Nutrition

The first is called Collagen: Myths and Misconceptions, The Secret to Beautiful Skin, Strong Bones and More by Marita Schauch, BSc, ND.  Dr. Schauch explains that neither creams or procedures do anything to help your body generate both health-improving and beauty-supporting collagen.

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CHFA East
 NEW location

CHFA East: September 11-14, Metro Toronto Convention Centre,  South Building

Conference - September 11 & 12           Trade Show - September 13 & 14

This year marks an important milestone for CHFA East.  The show will be held in the South Building of the MTCC and will feature approximately 800 exhibits – the largest show to date for the CHFA. Be sure to visit the new Marketplace on the registration level where some of the show sponsors will welcome you with a delicious taster or small gift. Then make your way to the exhibit level where you can explore the expanded New Product Showcase area before entering the expansive exhibit hall.  And, to top it all off, there will be a living park set up right in the middle of the show where you can participate in fun activities or take a rest from all the walking and sampling. Be sure to check out details of this year’s event on Pages 17, 18 and 19 and check for further updates as we draw closer to show dates at chfa.ca.  

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Carlson vitamin D3, daily score high in safety grading

Labdoor, an independent analysis service for consumers, has ranked Carlson Vitamin D3 1,000 IU in soft gels and Super 2 Daily in soft gels as the number one highest quality rated supplement in the vitamin D and multivitamin categories respectively. Labdoor supplies product safety grading to help consumers research, find and buy the best supplements.

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Enzymedica launching two new digestive formulas

Enzymedica has announced two new additions to its digestive formulas. Digest and Digest Basic will soon be available in Canada in combined enzyme-probiotic formulas.  Digest Basic + PROBIOTICS and Digest + PROBIOTICS will be launching at CHFA East and shipping to retailers late September.  

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Vitalah Oxylent debuting at CHFA East

Vitalah Oxylent debuting at CHFA East

Vitalah is bringing Oxylent – now available in Canada due to popular demand – to CHFA East for the first time this year. According to Lisa Lent, CEO and founder of Vitalah, “Vitalah premiered its product line during CHFA West in April and we will be attending CHFA East for the first time this September in Toronto. I was delighted to see how buyers responded in Vancouver, and look forward to premiering it to CHFA East buyers as well.”   Oxylent is available through Ecotrend.  For more information, visit ecotrend.ca or call 800/665-7065.

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Eden introduces Müesli whole grain cereal

Eden Foods has introduced Eden Müesli, a whole grain cereal made from organic rolled oats, rye, and spelt wheat that can be enjoyed cold or hot. Three organic dried fruits provide sweet, tangy flavour. Roasted, lightly salted organic pumpkin seeds and raw sunflower seeds lend richness and crunch. Eden Cinnamon Müesli includes organic cinnamon for added flavour. Low sodium, rich in magnesium. Provides lasting energy and complete protein.

www.edenfoods.com  

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Joy Of the Mountains new VCaps

Joy of the Mountains, The Oregano Company, is pleased to announce a new VCaps Plus vegetarian liquid capsule containing five full drops of Wild Mediterranean Oil of Oregano. The ingredients are certified organic, soy-free, gluten-free, and non-GMO. Each amber glass jar contains 90 servings so the whole family is protected this cold and flu season. Joy of the Mountains is a B.C. family business that has specialized in premium quality oregano oil since 2001.

In 2012, an independent UBC study showed that Joy of the Mountains was up to four times more effective than other brands against the H1N1 virus.  

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Natural Factors launches Whole Earth & Sea line

Natural Factors launches Whole Earth & Sea line

Natural Factors has introduced a new line of supplements.  Whole Earth & Sea offers the benefit of a whole growing season in one tablet.  All fresh, organic, non-GMO ingredients are grown and harvested at Factors Farms, then used in all of these new Whole Earth & Sea products.

The new products are:

• Women’s and Women’s 50+ Multivitamin & Mineral and Men’s and Men’s 50+ Multivitamin & Mineral.  These four formulas are specifically designed to meet the need of both young and mature men and women. 

• Organic Vegan Greens Protein Bar

• Bone Structure Multivitamin and Mineral.  Strengthens bones with active vitamin and mineral complexes for maximum absorption.

• Herring Gold 500mg and 1000 mg provides more omega-3 phospholipids than krill oil.  It is rich in DHA and EPA, as well as choline and astaxanthin, and is sustainably sourced from the roe of Norwegian spring-spawning herring.

   www.naturalfactors.com  •

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Community Natural named B Corp

  Community Natural Foods had reason for a double celebration recently: the Calgary-based retailer became B Corps certified and also won an award as one of the 50 Best Managed Companies.

   B Corporations are a new kind of company which uses the power of business to help solve social and environmental problems. As a B Corp, Community Natural Foods is committed to adhering to and continuously creating new business operations that benefit people, the community, and the planet.

   The Canada’s Best Managed Companies designation symbolizes Canadian corporate success: companies focused on their core vision, creating stakeholder value and excelling in the global economy.  Community Natural Foods won the award for outstanding business performance and innovative management.

   In addition to these two accomplishments, Community Naturals was also named winner of the Brock Elliott Memorial Award for Retailing Excellence by the CHFA at the recent CHFA West in Vancouver.

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Purity Life table top show

Purity Life is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a very special table top show right in its Acton, ON warehouse on June 12, 2014 from 10AM to 4PM. With 40 vendors represented and with retailers coming from across Canada, it is expected to be a memorable event. There will be lectures, entertainment and great deals being offered from vendors for those retailers that participate in the show.

   "It's not very often you get a chance to stop and celebrate what has been achieved with the growth and development of Purity Life," said Matthew James, Purity Life president and CEO. "From the humble days of when Purity was founded by David and Elyse Chapman to the success Purity has today, it is truly impressive.  Purity has never been more focused, effective and innovative in the last 30 years and this has been achieved by the great people that make up Purity Life as well as the business partners we work with, being both retailers, vendors and brokers.  We are truly blessed to work in such a business and an industry that can impact people's lives in such a positive way. We expect to have a great event celebrating 30 years of business with the trade show on June 12 and we look forward to welcoming retailer partners to our facility."

   For more information, please contact your Purity Life representative

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Retailer Janet Jacks Publishes Food Book

Retailer Janet Jacks Publishes Food Book

Janet Jacks, a well-known and successful retailer in southern Ontario, has written a book based on her life work and research.  Discover the Power of Food: The 10 Week Plan to Transform Your Life consolidates Janet’s 40 years of food experience and research, dozens of years of success, and the latest nutritional information into one life-changing book complete with practical tips and tools and over 100 healthy recipes to help get you started.

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Nature's Emporium celebrates 20th anniversary

Award-winning Nature's Emporium celebrates 20th anniversary with family, industry friends
by Ryan Dennis

Nothing's easy and nothing's hard... you just gotta do It!"  For an independent family business celebrating 20 years shared in good health, these iconic words – recollected by Nature's Emporium president Joe D'Addario at the company's 20th anniversary event in November – have become a warm touchstone to the roots of success.

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Harmony Whole Foods celebrates 35th anniversary


Harmony Whole Foods Market in Orangeville, ON celebrated its 35th year in business by throwing a week-long bash November 11-17 that included an organic chili cook-off, pancake breakfast, a traditional cake-cutting ceremony and live music.
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July/August Issue

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