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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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Stuart Hellis

Stuart Hellis was board member of both CHFA, HFN
Long-time industry retailer and leader Stuart Hellis died Nov. 13 at age 70. Stuart, who co-owned and operated the Health 4U group of stores in Spruce Grove, Stony Plain and other Alberta centres for 19 years, passed away at the Stony Plain Hospital.
Stuart was a very active participant in the natural health community. He served on the Canadian Health Food Association board of directors for nine years and was a founding board member of the Health First Network.
Stuart and Grace – his wife of 48 years – operated the Health 4U stores together. Along with Grace, he is survived by his daughter Roanna, three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
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Renew Life captures Alive gold

Renew Life has announced its Ultimate Flora Ultra Potent has won a Gold Alive Award 2013 for best new supplement. Ultimate Flora Ultra Potent delivers 100 billion beneficial bacteria in each protected capsule. This specialized formulation is ideal for those on antibiotics or individuals requiring powerful immune or digestive support.
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Fairtrade Canada honours health food stores at awards

Fairtrade Canada honoured many proponents of fairtrade products at the annual Fairtrade Canada reception in Toronto October 3. And a few health food stores received awards for their efforts in promoting fairtrade products.
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Progressive VegEssential wins alive gold

Body Plus recently received the gold alive Award 2013 for Best New Product with VegEssential All In One. Body Plus extends "a big thank you" to all of their "amazing customers" for their support.
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Re-brand defines the “true” Genuine Health

Genuine Health – one of our industry's most respected brands – has a new look... and a new attitude. Launched at CHFA East, the new Genuine Health logo and packaging supports the company's new positioning statement: "Genuine Health is possible."
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Third annual Ontario Natural Food Co-op table top

The third annual Ontario Natural Food Co-op (ONFC) table top featured ideal weather, a great turn-out and lots of deals, food, activities and prizes for retail attendees. Hundreds of retailers attended (many from out-of-province) and some went home with prizes. The Green Door Grocer and The Old Kitchen Cupboard
each won an iPad Mini. Strictly Bulk and Heather Lea Farm Market
each took away a $500 ONFC credit. Two stores won free ONFC product to create a display: Health Wise
and The Great Vine. And three stores – Beaches Natural, The Vitamin Store and Tree Haven – took home gift baskets. Tonica was voted best vendor display.
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Joy of the Mountains captures gold

Joy of the Mountains' Oil of Oregano was voted top herbal product by consumers at this year's Alive Awards of Excellence. Joy of the Mountains is a family-run business that guarantees premium quality and performance. According to company president Terry Mann, "You pay for what you get. Oregano is all we do. And we do it well."
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Organika wins seven OPTIMYZ award

Organika reports it has won seven medals in the recent OPTIMYZ Magazine's Best of the Best Awards. Over 100,000 Canadians voted on their favourite products. Organika's gold winners were PARA-FREE Capsules, TNT PLUS Capsules and Melatonin Peppermint Sublingual Tablet. The silver medal winners were Garcinia Plus weight loss supplement, 5-HTP Capsules stress supplement and Curcumin Capsules arthritis joint supplement. Organic Greens Powder won bronze in the greens supplement category.

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New book from Dr. W. Gifford-Jones

Medical journalist W. Gifford-Jones, MD has written a book. What I Learned as a Medical Journalist is a collection of W. Gifford-Jones, MD weekly columns covering the last 38 years. Dr. Gifford-Jones is a graduate of the University of Toronto and The Harvard Medical School. He trained in general surgery at the Strong Memorial Hospital, University of Rochester, Montreal General Hospital, McGill University and in gynecology at Harvard. The book is available from Preferred Nutrition.

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Ecotrend brings Good-Gums to Canada

Ecotrend Ecologics has introduced Good-Gums into Canada. Good-Gums is a product for the gums and was recently issued an NPN from Health Canada Good-Gums contains only natural ingredients: herbal, vitamin and mineral, with no GMOs. Ecotrend will be distributing Good-Gums from BC to the Maritimes. Contact Ecotrend for pricing information and free sample-brochures: 800-665-7065 or at •
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Nutralab names Michael Ash president, North America

NutraLab Canada Ltd. has named Michael Ash as its president for North America. Michael has been a friend and industry colleague to NutraLab for many years. Previously, he was the senior vice president of sales and marketing at Pharmetics Inc. Michael brings with him over three decades of industry experience and knowledge for both pharmaceutical and nutraceuticals. He has worked on a multitude of projects over the years to serve both domestic national accounts and international clients.

"We are thrilled that Michael will be joining us," says Dr. Peter Ou, NutraLab's founder and CEO. "Michael has been a trusted friend for many years, and I believe our company will grow to even greater heights with the synergy between NutraLab's scientific expertise and Michael's professional industry experience." •

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Richard Fenton joins Platinum Naturals

He's back!

Richard Fenton has joined Platinum Naturals as a key account manager responsible for natural health retailers with a national presence.

Richard has over 25 years of experience in the natural health industry and has held senior sales management roles with Renew Life, Preferred Nutrition and Natural Factors.

Richard will be working out of Platinum Naturals' Richmond Hill, ON head office.

You can reach Richard at:

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Platinum Naturals launches DECO line

Award-winning Canadian supplement manufacturer Platinum Naturals has introduced DECO, an innovative and natural line of premium Italian chocolate supplements which support the general health of adults, aid healthy development for children and target menopause symptoms.

Platinum Naturals is partnering with Canada's pioneer, female television host and trusted advisor, Dini Petty, to help educate consumers about the efficacy of supplements found in natural fats like chocolate and to share stories from across the country about family health.

Platinum Naturals has developed a proprietary technology that promotes the absorption of active ingredients through natural fats and oils. The suspension of active ingredients in fats such as chocolate (at only 35-36 calories per square), ensures they are more readily absorbed by cell walls. This technology is the foundation of the DECO line which includes an Adult Dark Chocolate multivitamin for minimizing the risk of developing health conditions associated with poor diet, a Children's Milk Chocolate multivitamin, formulated with hormone-free milk, for healthy growth and development and a Dark Chocolate Menopause Relief supplement.

For more information, please go to •

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New sales manager for Eden Foods

Eden Foods has appointed Christophe Dieudonné as its new Canadian national sales manager. Christophe brings 24 years of experience to this position, including 15 years in the Canadian natural foods and herbal supplements industry.
For the past 10 years, Christophe has served as regional sales manager of eastern Canada for Nature's Path Foods. He has also worked as a key account manager with Swiss Herbal Remedies.
"Christophe has relationships and expertise across many classes of trade," said Demian Potter, Eden's vice president of sales. "He is fully bilingual and has command of both of Canada's official languages. Everyone at Eden Foods is excited about moving forward and working with Christophe. We expect he can teach us a few things."
You can contact Christophe at •
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Nutter's recognizes long-term service

Nutter's Bulk and Natural Foods, based in Medicine Hat, AB, recently honoured some of its long-time franchisees and staff, including Ray and Linda Smith, Pat and John Florence and Don Chartrand. Presentations were made at the annual Nutter's conference in September. "Also, we would like to recognize Annette Bronsch, store manager in Canmore, AB and Susan Presetsky, store manager in Camrose, AB on the occasion of their 10th anniversary with Nutter's," said company president Donald Cranston. "Lynn Cranston and I would like to congratulate each franchise owner and Nutter's staff members for their respective years of dedicated and loyal service to Nutter's and their respective customers and wish each continued success." •

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CHFA East Award Winners


The CHFA Supplier of Excellence Award went to Purity Life Health Products.


Donna Bannister, Purity Life was the winner of the Jack Gahler Memorial Award, Inside Sales.

natural-factorsNatural Factors president Michael Hobson presents
the Jack Gahler Memorial Award Field Sales to
Thomas Leek, Corwin Distribution.


Deane Parkes, Preferred Nutrition accepts the CHFA Spotlight Award, Giving – Supplier.

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CHFA East Award Winners


Laura Tarte, Vita Health, Winnipeg  won the Gordon Storie Memorial Bursary.


      Nandita Narula of  Market Organics, Ottawa won the CHFA Excellence in Retail Sales Award.


Don and Claire Smith of Foodsmiths accepted the CHFA Spotlight Award, Giving – Retailer.

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Carlson Laboratories opens new manufacturing facility

Carlson Laboratories opened its new manufacturing facility in Arlington Heights, Illinois June 14, 2013. In order to expand its operations and to accommodate business growth, Carlson Laboratories moved to the new facility, which is almost double the size of its previous plant.
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Bioresource adds Ortis line

BioResource Inc. Sales & Marketing has announced a new association with Adrienne M Natural Health Products Inc. for the distribution of products from Ortis, a leading European herbal product manufacturer.
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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 -

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