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John Holtmann golf event raises funds for Vitamin Angels

John Holtmann golf event  raises funds for Vitamin Angels

The 4th Annual John Holtmann Memorial Golf Tournament was a great success.  “CHFA was thrilled to take the lead in organizing the event this year,” said CHFA president Helen Long. “Thanks to all our sponsors and golfers, we were able to make a significant contribution to the Vitamin Angels.  We would like to thank everyone that participated in the event and helped to make it a wonderful and successful day.” 

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CHFA East in Toronto September 17 to 20

CHFA East is just around the corner. “While we don't want to wish away the summer, the excitement is building for this much anticipated event,” said Judy Sharpe, director, trade shows and conferences for CHFA. 

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Industry golf tournament in Ottawa August 26

Industry golf tournament in Ottawa August 26

Mark Wednesday August 26 on your calendar: CNHR Magazine is hosting the first-ever Greater Ottawa Natural Open Golf Tournament at Pine View Golf Course in Ottawa.

“We have two goals with this tournament,” explained CNHR publisher Bruce Cole.  “We want to create a regional event, bringing industry members from eastern Ontario and western Quebec together for a day of fun and camraderie.  Secondly, we want the natural health community to support an important local charitible organization.  This year, we will be working with Harmony House in Ottawa.” Harmony House serves a vital role in the nation’s capital: it is a second-stage women's shelter (the only one in eastern Ontario), assisting women and their children in making the transition from a life of fear and abuse to one of security, confidence and independence.

The day will include lunch, 18 holes of golf (team scramble format scoring), dinner, prizes and a silent auction.  Retailers and suppliers are welcome to enter a foursome or sign-up individually.  Single players will be formed into foursomes.  Sponsors are invited to take part.  Hole sponsorships are available. Out-of-town guests can find tournament accommodation rate at Marriott Ottawa East for $139 per night.  Cost for tournament entry is $125 per player plus GST  ($40 for dinner only plus HST). For more information,  email Candace Sicari at candace@cnhr.ca. or donna@cnhr.ca •  

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SOL Natural Foods expands by 3,000 sq. ft.

SOL Natural Foods expands by 3,000 sq. ft.

On January 23, 2015, the five owners of SOL Natural Foods in Aylmer, QC (James McConnell, Jean-Guy Beaudry, Guy Couture, Marie Couture and Monique Enright) began a long-awaited expansion project.  The current store will be increased by 3,000 sq. ft., taking the store size to 6,000 sq. ft. (4,000 sq. ft. sales floor).   “We’ve been dreaming of this project for 10 years,” said Monique. “We wanted to offer our customers a sales area of 4,000 sq. ft. Since 2005, SOL has felt the need to double its existing space. Finally, in 2007, an opportunity presented itself. A restaurant went up for sale 600 feet from our location at that time, and the available space was equivalent to the space we were already occupying . We could see expanding our sales area to the 4,000 square feet that we needed.  The additional sales area will enable us to increase our inventory. We will also be able to enhance the presentation of our products, improve our customers’ comfort and shopping experience and better serve our customers.”

General manager Guy Couture said despite the work going on, the store has remained open. “One of our greatest challenges has been to let our customers know that we were open during the renovations.” The expansion will be complete this spring.  SOL was opened in 1986 by the current owners.  •

Ontario Natural Food Co-op (ONFC) is now selling its Ontario Natural  brand outside  of Ontario.  “In an effort to expand and develop its Ontario Naturals brand, ONFC decided late in 2014 to begin shipping to existing ONFC members and customers beyond the Ontario border,” explained Jennifer Hyde, Ontario Natural’s  brand manager.  “This was a momentous occasion since we had always restricted the sale of our products to Ontario customers.  This expansion allowed us to ship to our 125+ customers outside of Ontario, as far west as Winnipeg and as far east as Halifax.   

 “Alongside this was our decision to develop a working relationship with Horizon Distributors in British Columbia.  ONFC and Horizon have had a long-time relationship but had never done any business together, until now.  In February of 2015, we started shipping the Ontario Natural sauerkrauts and canned tomatoes to Horizon, which has exclusivity within the province of British Columbia.  So far, pick up at the retail level has been strong.” 

For more information, contact Jennifer at jhyde@onfc.ca.  •

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Guelph Organic Conference attracts over 1,800 attendees

Guelph Organic Conference  attracts over 1,800 attendees

Energy, enthusiasm and passion” are the three words conference manager Tomas Nimmo used to describe this year’s Guelph Organic Conference, held January 29 to February 1 at the University of Guelph.

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CHFA West running April 9-12 in Vancouver

CHFA West running April 9-12 in Vancouver

Retailers know that April doesn’t just bring the first signs of spring – it’s time for CHFA West.  Running April 9 through 12 at the Vancouver Convention Centre, CHFA West is a must-attend event for everyone involved in our industry. 

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St Francis launching new products at CHFA West

St Francis launching new products at CHFA West

St Francis Herb Farm is launching its new Deep Immune Allergy and All-Seasons Detox Kit at CHFA West April 11-12. Deep Immune Allergy has been specially formulated for non-drowsy natural relief of year-round allergies. Supercharged with special allergy-relieving herbs, Deep Immune Allergy helps fight sneezing, runny noses, itchy watery eyes and throats.

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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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