SISU transforms curcumin supplements

Now SISU transforms poorly-absorbed curcumin from a fat-soluble to a water-soluble phytonutrient… making it more active and delivering...

Canada has become a growth market for Wal-Mart

Last week, Walmart announced that its sales at established Canadian stores increased 6.7 per cent in the first quarter of the company’s fisc...

Government of Canada makes reporting drug shortages mandatory

A process has been launched to build and maintain a new independent reporting website. Drug shortages and discontinuances are a source of co...

Andalou releases three new products

Andalou Naturals has released three new products that are bringing natural beauty trends to a whole new level. Beauty 2 Go Mask Pods – Featu...

Neighbourhood Pharmacies announces new leader

The Board of the Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada (Neighbourhood Pharmacies) has accounced that Justin Bates will succeed Denise...

McKesson and Walmart sourcing generic pharmaceuticals

McKesson and Walmart recently announced an agreement to jointly source generic pharmaceuticals for their U.S. business. With this agreement,...

Be one of the top 5 Companies!

Showcase your company and product in our special Viva Stress Management Buyer’s guide. Viva Mag is offering you the opportunity to stand out...

Sun is good for you, study finds

Swedish women who avoid sunshine shorten their lifespan by the same amount as smoking, according to latest research published in the Journal...

The New Coconut Oil

Unless you live on a deserted island in the middle of the Pacific, you would have heard that coconut oil has reigned as the resident cure-al...

Retail Council Supports GMO Produce

There may be a great difference in the way distribution of GMO foods will be handled in Canada than in the United States. The Retail Council...

How Diverse are Canada’s Natural Health Retail Markets?

Every city, metropolitan area and small town now has natural food stores yet the similarities may not move beyond this point. Just as every ...

Violence in Retail: Are you prepared?

A recent rash of shootings in Canadian and U.S. retail stores, and stabbings and other violence in Toronto shopping malls have forced some r...

WorkSafeBC Proposing Stricter Legislation for Steel Shelving

Retailers in British Columbia may be impacted by proposed amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation being pursued by WorkS...

Catching Rainbows: Rainbow Foods Focuses on Business Growth

Rainbow Foods moves beyond day-to-day operations to grow business At a Glance Name: Rainbow Foods Owners: Mischa and Sarah Kaplan Location: ...

Health Minister to Comply with Marijuana Judgment

Perhaps because of the statutory holidays this past weekend you may have missed a statement issued by Health Minister of Canada Jane Philpot...

1950’s Style Home Delivery Returns

Over sixty years ago, most homes had dairy products delivered fresh daily or weekly, along with baked goods and other food items. Back then,...

Walmart to Grow Food Business

Charles Redfield, executive vice president for Walmart’s U.S. food division, recently spoke at an event for their local Chamber of Com...

Target Desires Transparency

According to their own blog, Bullseye View, U.S. retailer Target is putting more focus on healthier food and transparency. Last November the...

Whole Foods Market Still Leads

Despite overall performance declines they describe as short-term, Moody’s Investor Service is giving Whole Foods Market a “thumbs up”. They ...

U.S. Border Communities Benefit from Falling Loonie

According to a February 8th report by TD Economics, U.S. cross-border spending is at an all-time low. It’s expected that daily visits to the...

General Mills to Roll-Out Labels Listing All GMO Ingredients

General Mills EVP and COO Jeff Harmening announced they have decided to not only comply with the state of Vermont’s pending GMO labelling la...

Americans Will Embrace Cuban Culture

Just in time for President Barack Obama’s state visit to Cuba, news reports of improved relations between the two countries are just the tip...

2016 Showing Stronger Retail Growth

Statistics Canada reports that January 2016 has shown definite growth over 2015 in retail sales across all industries. December 2015 to Janu...

Health food store busted for selling banned substances

Recent reports of products being pulled from a health food store chain’s shelves by Health Canada because they contained yohimbe/yohimbine o...

RIP Tobacco?

Costco has been reportedly reducing its inventory of tobacco products. The double-digit reduction in sales is partly caused by the prolifera...

Malls and retailers still reeling from Target’s departure

U.S. retailer Target’s move out of Canada sent more than shock waves through the Canadian retail industry. A rippling effect is still being ...

Maple Syrup – The New Chocolate?

Ask any North American what would be their favourite topping for pancakes or waffles and very likely your answer will be pure Canadian maple...

Millennial Generation Wiser Consumers

Most of us old enough to be a parent of a millennial might admit our secret judgement of them; you know – when we don’t understand and...

Head Grocery Executive exits Whole Foods

Errol Schweizer, Whole Foods’ Executive Global Grocery Coordinator, has left the company after a 16-year tenure. During Schweizer’s time wit...

COTA announces new Executive Director

The Canada Organic Trade Association has appointed a new Executive Director. Starting March 21, established non-profit manager Tia Loftsgard...

Loonie driving U.S. shoppers to Canadian websites

Canadian natural health retailers might have experienced some additional sales from south of the border. While it is not unusual for America...

Police give advice to pharmacies on robbery protocols

Peter Jorna, a Halifax pharmacist, was recently robbed at knife point. Now, he fears that pharmacy robberies will happen again. It is true, ...

PharmaChoice reaches 600-location milestone

PharmaChoice is now Canada’s second-largest independent pharmacy banner after recently reaching its significant milestone of 600 locations. ...

Vivo Brand recalls more natural health products

Vivo Brand Management is recalling more of its sexual enhancement products. This recall is due to an undeclared prescription drug, which cou...

Is Transparency the Best Policy for Natural Health Retailers?

How does Canada’s natural health retailers handle business transparency? The industry conversation over this hot topic has changed on ...

OPA says Ontario should be permit pharmacists to immunize and treat minor ailments

The Ontario Pharmacists Association (OPA) says that the Ontario government should permit pharmacists to provide immunizations and treat mino...

“Ugly” fruits and vegetables can save shoppers a pretty penny

Launched last March, Loblaw’s “Naturally Imperfect” line—which features misshapen and oddly sized fruits and vegetables—has been loved by co...

Healthy competition better for primary health care

As pharmacies express their valid concerns over the prospective McKesson/Rexall merger, Jim Danahy, the managing principal and CEO of consul...

McKesson’s Rexall takeover: a catalyst for Canadian healthcare reform?

According to industry experts, McKesson’s reported acquisition of Rexall may have great implications in Canadian healthcare reform. “The hea...

United Natural Foods is buying Haddon House

Canadian and U.S. natural food distributor United Natural Foods is set to acquire Haddon House Food Products, a distributor of speciality, n...

Do You Know How to Achieve Customer-Centricity?

Do you keep customers first in your day-to-day operations? A recent report from strategic consulting firm O Alliance reveals that nearly 70 ...

Johnson & Johnson responds to recent ovarian cancer penalty

Last year, the Canadian Cancer Society estimated that 2,800 Canadian women would be diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Now, a Missouri state jur...

Green Beaver names Marc Couroux new Managing Director

The Green Beaver Company, a leading manufacturer of natural and organic personal care products promoting Canadian grown ingredients has name...

The “natural” foods debate is heating up

With consumers everywhere striving to maintain health-conscious, organic and environmentally friendly diets, it’s no surprise that processed...

Ontario authorizes the sale of wine in 300 grocery stores

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has announced that the province will allow for the sale of wine in up to 300 grocery stores, starting with ab...

Element Nutrition names Bill Tyler new VP of sales and marketing

Element Nutrition Inc. has recently appointed Bill Tyler as the company’s new VP of sales and marketing. Tyler is an industry executive with...

Kroger in bid to buy Fresh Markets

According to various media reports, Kroger, America’s largest supermarket chain, is taking steps to acquire Fresh Markets, a U.S. specialty ...

Door to Door Organics expands to Nebraska

Door to Door Organics, a natural and organic online grocery service, is expanding into Omaha, Nebraska. The grocer begins taking orders at t...

Mother’s Market under new ownership

Mill Road Capital, a private equity firm, has purchased the 38-year-old Mother’s Market, a small organic grocery chain founded in Orange Cou...

Kroger rolls out new online shopping service in Richmond, Virginia

Grocery chain Kroger is rolling out ClickList, an online order system, in their stores located in the Richmond, Virginia market. Each CheckL...

Walgreens now offer kiosks for safe drug disposal

Walgreens is rolling out a number of kiosks at 500 drugstores in 39 states and Washington DC for the safe disposal of opioids and other pres...

French supermarkets must now donate unsold food

France has become the first country in the world to enact a law that prevents supermarkets from wasting food. Large grocery stores, the Guar...

Almost $200 million Americans own cell phones, creates opportunities

comScore reports that, as of December 2015, that over $200 million Americans own cell phones. This creates opportunities for natural health ...

Whole Foods Market to open 5 additional ‘365’ stores

Whole Foods Market has signed five new leases for the company’s 365 by Whole Foods Market chain, which are smaller, lower-priced stores comp...

BASF celebrates the 10th anniversary of its argan program

BASF, a chemicals manufacturing corporation, has announced the 10th anniversary of its Argan Program, a Southern Morocco-based initiative de...

Survey reveals shoppers prefer processed “natural” foods

A recent Consumer Reports survey reveals that two third of health-conscious shoppers choose to purchase processed food labelled “natural.” U...

CVS Health reveals new locations in Target stores

The first CVS Pharmacy locations in Target stores are now open for business in Charlotte, North Carolina—and this is just the beginning. Ove...

Whole Foods opens new store in Burnaby

Whole Foods Market recently opened a new location in Burnaby, British Columbia. The new store is the first in the city of Burnaby, and the f...

Anne Payne’s Caveman Foods turns six

Ann Payne’s Caveman Foods Ltd, a company that sells water kefir, is celebrating six years in business. The company moved to Ontario in...

College of Pharmacists of BC wins appeal in incentives case

The B.C. Court of Appeal has ruled unanimously in favour of the College of Pharmacists of BC, overturning the BC Supreme Court decision made...

Purica expands educational content on website

On February 1, Purica, Canadian owned and operated natural supplements brand, has introduced its new user-friendly and content-rich website ...

U.S. dominates global organic market

According to the report called “Natural and Organic Food Market: 2015-2019”, published by Research and Markets, the U.S. now dom...

GNC Canada to open new stores in 2016

GNC Canada plans to open 25 new stores in 2016. The company opened 23 new stores across Canada last year. “I am really pleased over the succ...

Canadians favouring frozen over fresh produce due to high prices

Metro CEO Eric La Flèche says that consumers have switched from fresh to frozen produce due to higher prices. This, of course, has impacted ...

Sears Canada to close more stores

Sears Canada is closing more stores to cut costs and to bring its full-line department store business back to prominence. What does this mea...

CBC retracts supplement claims

It seems that a CBC Marketplace report claiming that vitamin C and protein products do no not live up to label claims is incorrect. A retrac...

Online shopping jumps 20 per cent during holidays

According to a recent MasterCard survey, online shopping increased 20 per cent during the holidays. This means that an increasing number of ...

Sophie Larin joins Satau’s marketing team

Sophie Loran is Satau’s new Marketing and Communications Director. She will have the opportunity to use her 23 years of marketing sale...

Listeria deaths linked to Dole processing facility

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has linked a packaged salad at a Dole processing plant to a recent listeria outbreak. S...

Produce prices push inflation to 1.6 per cent

According to a report by Statistics Canada, the rising prices of fresh fruits and vegetables elevated the annual inflation rate to 1.6 per c...

GNC Canada welcomes Duane Keizs as new National Brands Director

GNC Canada welcomes Duane Keizs as their newly appointed National Brands Director. Duane has 19 years of experience working in the natural h...

Catering to Individuality: The rise of Homeopathy Quebec

Founded in 1992, Homeopathy Quebec has garnered a top-notch reputation for offering an extended selection of healthcare alternatives and pro...

Adaptogens: Nature’s anti-stress fighters for women

Adrenal fatigue is just one of the many afflictions of the stress of modern life. The stressors we face on a daily basis, such as family and...

In Memoriam: David Holmes

Pharmachem mourns the loss of a great entrepreneur, leader and philanthropist David Holmes, founder and president of Pharmachem Laboratories...

Fresh Thyme continues its expansion in Detroit

Fresh Thyme Farmers Market is making plans to build a 28,000-square-foot store in Metro Detroit. The specialty grocer commenced operation in...

New Dietary Guidelines recommend using herbs to reduce sodium

The recently released 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) urges Americans to help reduce their sodium by using spices and herbs...

Pharmacists play role in chronic kidney disease detection

Pharmacists have made a discovery while screening at-risk patients for chronic kidney disease (CKD). In a recent study, pharmacists found pr...

Wal-Mart to close 269 stores worldwide

Wal-Mart recently announced its plans to close 269 stores globally. The retailer will close 154 stores in the United States and focus their ...

Treating Thyroid Disease

Evidence for novel, therapeutic, natural options Thyroid supplements tend to be specialized products—typically, customers visit natural heal...

Element Nutrition

A nutritional scientist by trade, Stuart Lowther’s passion is formulating high-quality nutritional products that benefit consumers and allow...

Natural Remedies Under Fire

Pediatric homeopathic medicines for cold and flu face labeling changes On July 31, 2015, the former Health Minister Rona Ambrose announced c...

Devalued loonie may come with bright side for retailers

The loonie’s drop to a 12-year low has boosted sales for Canadian retailers in 2016, especially due to fewer shoppers crossing the border to...

Canadian consumers enjoy music while they shop

A new survey from the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) and polling firm Leger suggests that 58 per cent ...

Fiddleheads Health and Nutrition launches Smoothie Bar Café

Fiddleheads Health and Nutrition has launched Fiddleheads Smoothie Bar Café, located across from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo. The...

Hemp growers pressure Canadian Government to recognize health claim

Canadian hemp growers are pushing Health Canada to recognize their plant as a beneficial natural health product. At the annual meeting of th...

Choices Markets to open North Vancouver store

Vancouver-based grocer Choices Market has announced plans to open its 11th location this spring. The new 12,000-square-foot North Vancouver ...

CVS Health acquires Target’s pharmacy and clinic businesses

CVS Health Corporation has announced its acquisition of Target Corporation’s pharmacy and clinic businesses for $1.9 billion. With this, CVS...

Valeant announces new U.S. fulfillment agreement with Walgreens

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. has announced new fulfillment agreements with Walgreens. In conjunction with this deal, Valeant ...

Asda among the top 20 retail websites

Wal-Mart owned supermarket chain Asda has been named as one of the top 20 best performing retail websites in the last quarter of the year. T...

Thayers welcomes new VP of Sales

Thayers Natural, Inc. has named John Reppucci as their new vice-president of sales. In this position, he will serve a strategic role, workin...

Dietary supplements market expected to reach US $252.1 billion by 2025

In its latest industry analysis, Future Market Insights reported that the global dietary supplements market is projected to register a healt...

FDA issues E.coli recall to major grocery stores

Food products containing potentially E.coli-contaminated celery have been recalled by the FDA. The recall, which began at Costco in late Nov...

In Memoriam

David Holmes, president of Pharmachem Labororatories, passed away Monday, November 30 at his home. Mr. Holmes, 65, is survived by his childr...

Buy-Low Foods first major grocer in North America to achieve sustainable seafood commitment

In less than two years since publicly announcing its sustainable seafood policy with SeaChoice, Buy-Low Foods has become the first North Ame...

PureSource expands with new production facility

PureSource has announced the opening of a new production and manufacturing facility adjacent to its head office in Guelph, Ontario. The 40,0...

La Coop fédérée acquires Co-op Atlantic’s agricultural division assets

La Coop fédérée, through its Agri-business Division, has announced the signing of a purchase agreement for the majority of Co-op Atlantic...

Loblaw reports 10% increases for third quarter of 2015

Loblaw Companies Limited has announced its unaudited financial results for the third quarter ending October 10, 2015. The company’s th...

LeBeau Excel welcomes Don Kashin to manage Lily of the Desert

LeBeau Excel Ltd. has announced that Don Kashin has joined the company’s sales & marketing team as a part-time brand manager specific t...

Green values

Here’s how health companies are showing their true colours by making their products more sustainable. By Irina Lytchak Being a health-consci...

Sobeys opens new “extra” location in Atlantic Canada

Sobeys has introduced its new extra banner to customers in Atlantic Canada with the grand re-opening of the Tantallon, Nova Scotia location....

NutraLab becomes research partner of NRC Canada

NutraLab Canada Corp. has announced that it is now a research partner of the NRC, Canada’s National Research Council. NutraLab was recently ...

Food retail industry reacts positively to FDA’s GMO ruling

Two industry associations have applauded the FDA’s decision to deny mandatory GMO labeling. Both the Coalition for Safe Affordable Food (CFS...

GreenSpace announces closing of second tranche of private placement

GreenSpace Brands Inc. is pleased to announce that it has closed a second and final tranche of its previously announced private placement, i...

IGA CO-OP and Les Marchés Tradition CO-OP supermarkets welcome 11 new food stores into their ranks

Since November 19, residents of New Brunswick have been receiving an IGA CO-OP or Les Marchés Tradition CO-OP flyer in their mailbox for the...

Familiprix acquires PraxisLab laboratory software

Familiprix inc. continues along the path of technological progress, announcing its purchase of all intellectual property (IP) rights for Pra...

New 365 stores to complement Whole Foods

Whole Foods Market Inc. recently announced the launch of 365 by Whole Foods; a new chain of stores providing “grocery staples, fresh produce...

P’tit Bonheur undergoes name change to La Parapharmacie

P’tit Bonheur Au Naturel, one of the best known supplement-only stores in Montreal, is now operating under the name of La Parapharmaci...

New diabetes data underline need for action on unhealthy lifestyles

According to new data from the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) released at a World Diabetes Day event in Brussels on November 11, 41...

Organic Monitor discusses challenges for Brazilian natural cosmetics market

This September, the Sustainable Cosmetics Summit was held in Sao Paolo, Brazil. Over the course of the conference, industry leaders discusse...

Kroger to acquire Roundy’s for $177.8 million

Kroger Co., the largest operator of supermarkets in the U.S., is set to expand its fleet even further. The supermarket giant has agreed to b...

CBC uncovers how grocery stores tamper with best-before dates

CBC’s Marketplace has spoken to a number of supermarket employees about how many grocery stores tamper with best-before dates in order to se...

Survey shows Canadian commuters like to shop

According to a new study from PayPal Canada and Ipsos, 14 per cent of commuters use their phones to shop while they ride, spending an averag...

New study gives more proof that sunscreens threaten coral reefs

A group of Tel Aviv scientists have conducted the latest study published in the Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology furth...

Publix reports 3Q sales increase

Publix Super Markets has announced that third quarter earnings increased 7.3 per cent. The retailer revealed that sales for the period that ...

LeBeau Excel welcomes Kara Stewart

LeBeau Excel has announced that Kara Stewart has joined the company’s Sales & Marketing team as a part-time demo coordinator. Kara is a...

Alzheimer Society of Ontario and OBA partner for MAKE A WILL MONTH

This November, the Alzheimer Society of Ontario and Ontario Bar Association (OBA) are partnering for MAKE A WILL MONTH to help more Ontarian...

McKesson Canada commits $50,000 to disaster relief in aid of syrian refugees

McKesson Canada announced it is committing a $50,000 grant to nonprofit organizations Direct Relief and the International Rescue Committee, ...

Walgreens to purchase competitor Rite Aid in $17.2B deal

Walgreens Boots Alliance, operator of the Walgreens drug store chain, reported that it will purchase rival Rite Aid in a $17.2 billion deal,...

Sobeys acquires Pete’s Fine Foods chain

Sobeys Capital Inc. has entered into an agreement to purchase media personality Pete Luckett’s Canadian grocery and wholesale business Pete’...

Innovative ingredients for blood sugar management

by Steve Hanson Blood sugar management products are one of the hottest categories right now in the natural products industry, and for good r...

UNPA to host Dietary Supplement Analytical Summit

From November 5 to 6, the United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA) will host “The UNPA Dietary Supplement Analytical Summit: The Evolution an...

Toronto Blue Jays eat to win with SoLo Energy

For the first time in 22 years, the Toronto Blue Jays are competing in the American League Championship Series (ALCS). Chris Joyner, Major L...

McKesson Canada opens new Canadian Pharmaceutical Distribution Centre

McKesson Canada has officially opened its state-of-the-art pharmaceutical distribution centre in Trenton, Ontario. The brand new facility fe...

Whole Foods hit with a lawsuit from PETA

In the wake of other bad press, a lawsuit filed against Whole Foods by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) alleges that the r...

Target goes online for Canadians

Canadians can now shop on Target’s international website. This comes six months after Target pulled out of the Canadian market after filing ...

Caffeine

Performance enhancement for activities of prolonged duration By Crystal Chanderbhan ND Caffeine is a mild stimulant that occurs naturally in...

Cyba Natural solidifies brand management portfolio

Cyba Natural, formerly known as MTB, is the natural channel division of broker Cyba – Stevens Management Group, which has been represe...

USDA reports organic farm sales up 72%

According to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service’s 2014 Organic Survey, organic farms sold $5.5 billion in organic products in...

Keys to aging well

Kathy Smith says managing blood sugar is an important step in achieving vibrant health By Lynne Shuttleworth Photography by Babar Khan It’s ...

New Seasons Market to open two new Northern California locations

Portland-based natural food retailer New Seasons Market has announced the opening of two new stores in Northern California. The new sites wi...

Mrs. Green’s opens new store in Rye

Natural foods retailer Mrs. Green’s Neighborhood Market has opened its newest store in Rye, New York. The nearly 10,000-square-foot space, l...

Whole Foods unveils new distribution center

On October 7, Whole Foods Market celebrated the opening of its new state-of-the-art distribution center in Vernon, California. Whole Foods m...

Walmart appoints new CFO

On October 9, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. announced that Brett Biggs will be the company’s chief financial officer as Charles Holley retires as CF...

GreenSpace Brands announces amendment of terms of private placement

On October 7, GreenSpace Brands Inc., a developer and seller of premium natural food products, announced that it has amended the terms of it...

Kashi joins Andean Naturals to help Light-A-Community in rural Bolivia

Kashi and Andean Naturals have partnered in a project to bring solar energy to quinoa farming families in Bolivia’s Southern Highlands...

Ester-C® launches new Immune CHARGE Gummies

Ester-C® has launched new Immune CHARGE Gummies with a special formula for everyday immune support for adults and children ages four years a...

Whiteknight Acquisitions III set on entering transaction with Delivra

Whiteknight Acquisitions III Inc. (WKA) has announced that it plans on entering a proposed transaction with Delivra Inc. that entails the tw...

An evening with Michèle Boiron: Two successful events in Montreal and Quebec

Last week, Michèle Boiron of Boiron Canada spoke at the Montreal Marriott Courtyard to more than 60 doctors and pharmacists from Montréal an...

Canada-Rwanda study finds selenium supplementation beneficial to HIV+ patients

A new study out of Rwanda has found that taking a daily dose of selenium has extremely beneficial properties for HIV-positive individuals. A...

Walmart announces “e-grocery” cities

Walmart has announced that its “click-and-collect” e-commerce grocery model will now be expanding to eight new cities, with additional marke...

Vitality reports second quarter results

Vitality Product Inc.’s financial results for the second quarter show a net loss of $76,538 (or one cent per share), compared with a net los...

UCLA announces upcoming health webinars

UCLA MDChat Webinars offer the latest information on advances and treatments from expert physicians at UCLA. Their live-streaming webinars g...

Council for OCP elects new president and vice-president

The Council for the Ontario College of Pharmacists (OCP) has chosen Esmail Merani, R.Ph as president, and Regis Vaillancourt, R.Ph as vice-p...

Whole Foods to cut 1,500 jobs

Whole Foods announced Monday that it plans to cut 1,500 jobs—or about 1.6 per cent of its workforce—over the next two months. The grocery ch...

New pharmacy and health food store in Waterford, ON

Waterford, a small town in Ontario, has announced the opening of Waterford Pharmacy and Health Food. The store, opened by co-owners Kay Eshk...

Topping the Sales Charts

Daniel Lupu has taken the art of supplement and health retail to another level. Here’s how education, passion and a desire to help have grow...

Collagen: Is there an opportunity?

A Clinically Proven Ingredient For Healthy Aging What to look for when stocking your shelves— and information to share with customers Collag...

Highlights from CHFA East 2015

Canada’s largest conference and trade show for the natural health and organics industry, this year’s CHFA East welcomed over 800 exhib...

UNFI cuts cap-ex, names new CFO

United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI) has announced plans to reduce its capital spending for the next few years. Steve Spinner, president and CE...

Organic market booming, notes the OTA

On September 17 to 18, the Organic Trade Association (OTA), a membership-based organization of organic food companies, held their All Things...

Overwaitea converts six stores to Save-On banner

Last week, Overwaitea Food Group announced the conversion of some of its existing British Columbia-based Cooper’s Foods and PriceSmart Foods...

Sobeys Quebec now offers certified humane chicken products

In what is believes to be a first among Canadian retailers, Sobeys Quebec has launched its own brand of humanely certified fresh chicken pro...

New York Attorney General’s conclusions about devil’s claw supplements incorrect, says ABC

The American Botanical Council (ABC) has released information stating that the New York Attorney General’s (NY AG’s) investigation on the he...

Herbal dietary supplement sales on the rise

According to a new market report published by the American Botanical Council (ABC), sales of herbal dietary supplements in the United States...

Falling loonie forces Canadian retailers to raise prices

As the Canadian dollar continues to weaken and the prices of imported goods continue to soar, Canadian retailers are expected to make some t...

2015 Consumer Trust Award Winner: Ener-C

Effervescent and delicious, Ener-C’s Orange Flavour vitamin drink mix helps to boost your energy, immune system and electrolyte count ...

2015 Consumer Trust Award Winner: Natracare

While conventional cleansing wipes can leave skin feeling dry and irritated, Natracare’s Organic Makeup Removal Wipes use only the best natu...

2015 Consumer Trust Award Winner: Aubrey Organics

The Aubrey Organics Collagen Restorative Moisturizer for All Skin Types is certified by the Natural Products Association to meet truly natur...

2015 Consumer Trust Award Winner: Gardener’s Dream

The Gardener’s Dream Cream is the winner of over 28 National Awards of Excellence for “Best Body & Skin Care Product” and “Best Aromath...

2015 Consumer Trust Award Winner: PUR Gum

PUR Gum is naturally sweet, gluten-free, nut- and soy-free, vegan, dairy-free, non-GMO, diabetic friendly, Swiss-made and safe for pregnant ...

2015 Consumer Trust Award Winner: Olympic Dairy

Olympic Dairy’s Balkan-style yogurt is distinguished by its firm and creamy texture. You can enjoy it plain in the morning, with fruit...

2015 Consumer Trust Award Winner: AspenClean

AspenClean eco-friendly cleaning products are 100 per cent natural ECOCERT® certified and are formulated using only the finest natural ingre...

2015 Consumer Trust Award Winner: Natural Calm

Natural Calm’s Magnesium Citrate Powder (Raspberry-Lemon Flavour) is a vegan, non-GMO product that provides natural stress relief by r...

New security program introduced for BC pharmacies

The College of Pharmacists of British Columbia has introduced DrugSafeBC, a new program that mandates enhanced security requirements for all...

Health Canada suggests revised labeling standard for non-prescription acetaminophen products

Health Canada is seeking input on proposed revisions to strengthen the labeling standard for non-prescription acetaminophen products, to hel...

CBA responds to new report on energy drinks

The Canadian Beverage Association has issued the following statement in regards to a paper entitled “Energy drinks, alcohol, sports an...

Organic Garage to expand with new store in Toronto

Organic Garage is slated to open its newest store by late 2016 at 43 Junction Road in Toronto. This will be Organic Garage’s largest locatio...

Familiprix celebrates 35 years, unveils new logo

This year Familiprix is celebrating 35 years of loyal service by its affiliated pharmacists to their clientele, and to mark the occasion of ...

GreenSpace Brands acquires Love Child Organics

GreenSpace Brands Inc., a developer and seller of premium natural food products, has announced that it has signed a share purchase agreement...

Longos remained open on Labour Day, sparked new debates

Most retailers in Toronto are not permitted to operate during the year’s nine public holidays but Longo Brothers Fruit Markets Ltd. is...

Inventory integration triggers Sobeys 1Q profits

According to Empire Cos., following Sobeys’ decision to take control of ordering and inventory at its acquired Safeway locations in We...

NBTY announces new president of NBTY International

NBTY, Inc., a global manufacturer, marketer, distributor and retailer of vitamins and nutritional supplements, announced the appointment of ...

B.C. pharmacy closed down by regulator

Downtown Pharmacy at 348 Powell St. in Vancouver has been ordered to shut down by The College of Pharmacists of BC following an inspection t...

Canadians prefer U.S. grocery stores

Many Canadians are choosing to head south of the border when it comes to buying their groceries. Several of the large U.S. supermarkets loca...

Suro expands distribution overseas

A leader in the Canadian natural products industry, Suro has now officially entered the European and Asian markets. The certified organic br...

Allyson A. Johnson joins LeBeau Excel team

LeBeau Excel Ltd. has announced that Allyson A. Johnson has recently accepted the new role of Director of Education, Western Canada. Johnson...

NuvoCare’s Interactive Supplement Guide

Welcome to NuvoCare’s Interactive Supplement Guide! This guide will allow you to explore and understand NuvoCare’s extensive product line of...

STORES’ annual “Favorite 50” highlights top e-commerce retailers

STORES Magazine has unveiled the 2015 Favorite 50 list, which features a number of e-commerce brands that have climbed the ranks since last ...

Overwaitea Food Group helps B.C. residents restock food after flood

Following a storm that left a record number of homes without electricity across B.C.’s Lower Mainland area, Overwaitea Food Group launched a...

Costco sales reach $113.7 billion for the year

Costco Wholesale Corp. announced that fourth quarter sales, which ended August 31, grew by 1 per cent to reach $35 billion and by 3 per cent...

E-commerce on the rise in Canada

Many domestic and foreign retailers are stepping up their game when it comes to e-commerce in Canada. According to Forrester Research Inc., ...

Canadian grocery stores tap into imperfect produce market

Both IGA Quebec and Loblaw Companies have unveiled a new campaign of selling “ugly-looking” fruits and vegetables with the message that it’s...

Canadians continue to stay away from dairy

According to Statistics Canada, milk sales fell by more than 3 per cent in June compared to the same month in 2014. The drop signifies the e...

FDA offers nutrition label education to young people

Since September is National Childhood Obesity Month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is encouraging kids to make healthy dietary...

CMA calls for renewal of health system

Dr. Cindy Forbes, president of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), says that Canada’s latest recession should get Canadians to thi...

FDA cracks down on “natural” cigarette labels

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned the makers of Nat Sherman, Natural American Spirit and Winston cigarettes that they c...

Globally Local puts organic twist on school fundraising

Globally Local is hoping to change the face of Canadian school fundraisers. This fall, the London-based organic produce company will be work...

New Age Marketing welcomes Tanya Engler to the team

This month, New Age Marketing & Brand Management Inc. announced the appointment of Tanya Engler to the position of territory account man...

Chipotle sued in class action for falsely claiming GMO-free menu

On Monday, a federal class action lawsuit was filed against Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. on behalf of all California residents who have purc...

Sobeys unveils South Asian-inspired discount store

Last week, Sobeys announced the opening of Chalo! FreshCo, a South Asian-focused discount banner. The grocer’s name, “Chalo,” translates to ...

Sales Manager position opening at F.T. Ross

F.T. Ross & Sons Ltd. is a private, family-owned business with a central focus on delivering exceptional products to their customers. Th...

Pharmaprix partners with Quebecoise actress for Aimez Vous program

Shopper’s Drug Mart’s Quebec-based branch Pharmaprix has named Quebecoise actress Sophie Pregent as the ambassador of its new Aimez Vous cam...

Health Canada recalls vitamin D gummy products

Health Canada has issued a recall for L’il Critters Vitamin D3 gummies as well as Vitafusion Adult Gummy Vitamins after new tests concluded ...

Vitamin Angels and Jamieson Vitamins team up to beat hidden hunger

This fall, Vitamin Angels, the not-for-profit that provides at-risk populations in need with life-changing vitamins and minerals, is teaming...

Hain Celestial welcomes Raymond W. Kelly to its Board of Directors

The Hain Celestial Group, a leading international manufacturer of organic and natural products, has announced the appointment of Raymond W. ...

Public demand for natural sweeteners fueling sales for the global stevia market

Due to an increasing public demand for natural, healthful alternatives to artificial flavouring, non-GMO products and plant-based sweeteners...

Kashi rethinks breakfast with new line of organic products

Health food giant Kashi has released a new line of organic and Non-GMO cereal products that will transform the way people think about breakf...

Thrive Market to remodel online grocery retailing, one membership at a time

Thrive Market—the latest in online grocery retailing—has broken new ground in the world of e-commerce. In order to do so, the Los-Angeles-ba...

LeBeau Excel welcomes new team member

LeBeau Excel Ltd., a family focused company that specializes in complete management of the Canadian market for natural food product manufact...

Marc Boivin appointed sales director of 2 Ameriks

2 Ameriks—the Canadian importer and wholesaler behind the GoGo Quinoa brand—has announced the appointment of Marc Boivin as sales director. ...

Halifax creates mobile food market

The Ecology Action Centre, a Halifax-based non-profit organization, has partnered with its home city to create a mobile grocery store servic...

Canadian startup may change the face of brick-and-mortar retail

Potloc, a Montreal-based company, is changing the face of brick-and-mortar retail in an industry that is gradually shifting towards online s...

NBTY appoints new senior vice-president of Public Affairs and Communications

NBTY, Inc. has appointed Sonya Soutus as its senior vice-president of Public Affairs and Communications. In this position, she will provide ...

Metro 3Q results up on fresh sales

Last week, Metro Inc. said improved sales of fresh food led to a 4.3 per cent increase in same-store sales during its third quarter. Overall...

Cost-benefit analysis supports CRN’s call to add iodine to prenatal supplements

New research that reveals the extent and cost of iodine deficiency among pregnant women has been released out of the U.K. These findings und...

Maya Chia creates natural connection between business and philanthropy

Suzanne Norwitz, CEO and founder of Maya Chia Beauty, has built a skincare line and business that bridges the natural connection between com...

Sprouts Farmers Market Inc. names Amin Maredia as new CEO

Amin Maredia has been named the CEO of Phoenix-based Sprouts Farmers Market Inc. Maredia, 43, previously acted as the organic grocery chain’...

NBTY Inc. acquires Dr. Organic

NBTY, Inc., a global leader in vitamins, nutritional supplements and sports nutrition, has announced that it has entered into an agreement t...

Vitamin Shoppe sets out to revamp its marketing strategies

To rise above the difficulties stemming from a recent period of weak dietary supplement sales, Vitamin Shoppe is setting its sights on funct...

Choices Market continues to expand within Canada

Vancouver-based supermarket chain Choices Market continues to grow within Canada with plans to open a new production and warehouse facility ...

Canada set on banning microbeads in personal care products

The Canadian government has set out to be the first country in North and South America to ban microbeads in beauty and skin care products. S...

All A&P stores to expect layoffs following bankruptcy

Following A&P’s announcement to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in July, the grocery store operator is now expected to notify all o...

Beauty e-commerce site from Shoppers Drug Mart is here

Canada’s largest retail pharmacy chain Shoppers Drug Mart has launched an online beauty section. Now, Canadians have 24-hour access to...

Global savoury snacks market to hit $166.6 billion by 2020

According to P&S Market Research, the global savoury snack market is set to reach $166.6 billion by 2020, growing at a rate of 7.1 per c...

Kellogg’s to remove artificial ingredients from cereals, snacks

With consumer demand for less artificial food products on the rise, Kellogg’s has decided to go all-natural. The 109-year-old company, whose...

Lower loonie could boost back-to-school spending

According to global professional services firm Ernst & Young, there will be an expected 4% increase in back-to-school spending in Canada...

Federal Court certifies privacy class action by medical marijuana patients against Health Canada

The Federal Court of Canada has certified a class action lawsuit commenced on behalf of more than 40,000 medical marijuana licensees allegin...

Health Canada issues labeling changes for homeopathic products

Health Canada has introduced label changes for certain homeopathic products that fall under the Natural Health Product Regulations (NHPR). T...

iLevel Management, Inc. to be Canadian brokers for Aubrey Organics

Aubrey Organics has taken on iLevel Management, Inc. as their Canadian brokers starting August 1 this year. With its focus on accurate repor...

Regulatory amendments to help control prescription drug abuse in Canada

Tapentadol, a synthetic opioid used for pain relief, makes it on the list of drugs governed by Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and the N...

Whole Foods plans on opening five 365 locations next year

The company, on Wednesday, announced its first five streamlined, value-oriented 365 locations with store openings scheduled for 2017. “We ar...

Remogen advisory issued by Health Canada

Health Canada announced that serious adverse reports related to abnormal heart rhythms have been received domestically related to Remogen, w...

Organic whole milk kefir introduced by Wallaby Yogurt Company

Wallaby Yogurt is expanding its offering in the kefir category with a line of seven Organic Lowfat Kefir products. This drinkable yogurt pro...

Sam’s Club to get new organic ecoLife brand

From August 1, LT Foods Americas‘s new organic brand ecoLife® will be available at select Sam’s Club’s locations. This pro...

Quarterly revenue growth for GreenSpace Brands Inc. at 185 per cent

The company, formerly known as Life Choice Natural Foods Corp., reports strong year-to-date sales, which were primarily the result of the la...

Green Beaver releases new toothpaste

“Do you have a toothpaste for sensitive teeth?” That has been one of the most frequently asked questions since the company first introduced ...

U.S. FDA reveals confusion regarding added sugars labelling among consumers

In what seems like a move following pace with Health Canada, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced a plan to redo the nutritio...

New vending machines in Europe serve fresh organic produce

On-the-go diners in Paris will have another option to satiate themselves – a healthier option: organic produce. A system designed by F...

Hain Celestial acquired plant-based foods and beverages facility in Germany

The North American natural and organic products company Hain Celestial acquired the leading plant-based foods and beverages facilities in Ge...

U.S. states can no longer put GMO labels on food

The American House of Representatives voted to ban states from forming their own regulations about GMO labelling. As reported by the Huffing...

Organic food and beverage market on the rise globally

A projection by ResearchMoz.us says that the compound annual growth rate of the global organic food and beverages market will be 12.69 per c...

Vitality hires new directors at the annual general meeting

A list of changes that are taking places at Vitality were shared with the public via a news release. Director Robert H. Grant has resigned f...

Pet treats market exceeded $5 billion in 2014

Sales for the treat market have constantly outgrown sales for the pet food market, says a report by Packaged Facts. The findings published i...

West Chicago General Mills facility closure to impact 500 employees

Come mid-2017, the West Chicago facility that has been making cereal and dry dinners for 56 years will be closing down, hoping to save $310 ...

Organic personal care products are the fastest growing segment of the personal care industry

Rising health concerns, increase in go-green initiatives and growing consumer awareness toward harms of synthetic materials are among top re...

Nut ingredients market on the rise

The nut ingredients market is expected to be worth $22,642.1 million within the next four years, according to a report entitled Nut Ingredie...

Sobey brothers announce retirement from roles as chairmen emeritus

David and Donald Sobey came on the board in 1963 to be part of the empire built by their father, Frank Sobey, in Nova Scotia. Rob Dexter, th...

Toronto Public Health brings fresh, healthy food to convenience stores

The Food Strategy team at the health department is now pushing an initiative that encourages convenience stores to stock up on fresh food. B...

Health Canada seizes eye drops in B.C.

Five brands of unauthorized eye drops that contain a prescription drug have been seized from two retailers in Richmond, B.C., according to a...

B.C.-based Nectar Juicery to open new store today

Tori Holmes, co-owner of Nectar Juicery, says the store has developed a cult-like following in the last two years since its launch. Co-found...

Kale is the new moneymaking crop for former tobacco growers

Business models change as farmers observe trends in consumer tastes, says a transition crop specialist with the Ontario Ministry of Agricult...

GMO labelling standards gain support from US trade associations

The Safe and Accurate Food Labelling act as passed by the House Committee on Agriculture this Tuesday gained support from industry trade ass...

General Mills shares product plans to address wellness and convenience trends

The new line by General Mills set to be released this summer will focus on catering to millennial trends of convenience with wellness. Produ...

Private: A&P could be heading out the door soon

New York Post reports that American-based company the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Co. could soon be gone for good. Source have told The P...

Metro creates app to be used with Apple Watch

Users of the Apple Watch grocery app created by Metro can view grocery lists and check off items as they shop. The app will send coupons and...

Study shows fear of unhealthy ingredients decreases enjoyment

A Daymon Worldwide study shows that four in 10 consumers do not enjoyment the foods they eat because they are concerned about the safety and...

Loblaw union contract settlement cancels all strikes

Employees from 69 Loblaw-owned stores in Ontario have accepted a six-year contract offer from Loblaw Companies Ltd. and have ended the strik...

MasterCard launches offensive in m-commerce

The payment processor is now adding food-ordering apps to its range of consumer-focused mobile solutions in the field of digital payments pl...

Walmart Canada introduces grocery pickup option for online shoppers in Ottawa

For a $3 fee, Walmart store staff with put together a grocery package you order online to be picked up when you want. Last week, the retail ...

Grocery wars could be heating up again with Overwaitea expanding eastward

The B.C.-based retailer, Overwaitea Food Group, plans on opening 40 stores in Manitoba and Saskatchewan in the next three to five years push...

New CEO for Walgreens Boots Alliance

Stefano Pessina has been named the new CEO of Walgreens Boots Alliance moving him from the interim position to a permanent one. Pessina, who...

Santa Cruz Group acquires Life Science Nutritionals

On Tuesday, June 30th, Life Science Nutritionals was sold to Santa Cruz Nutritionals, one of the leading suppliers of confection-based nutri...

Claude Daigneault of the Jean Coutu Group Inc. retires

Claude Daigneault of The Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc., has retired from his position as buyer last Friday, July 3rd. Marie Christine Roy has ...

Loblaw spots demand for more diverse international products

In a bid to reposition the path of its business, Loblaw has opened a rebranded pilot store in Mississauga, Ontario. The new store puts more ...

Burt’s Bees mourns the loss of co-founder Burt Shavitz

Burt Shavitz, the co-founder of Burt’s Bees, passed away on July 5 at the age of 80. According to a spokeswoman for the company, the reclusi...

CPhA urges government to update HPV immunization strategy

The Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA) has advised the federal government to enhance its national immunization strategy. This call to a...

Wal-Mart launches click-and-collect service in Canada

After experimenting with grocery delivery and store pick-up for several years in the U.S, Wal-Mart has decided to test the waters in its Can...

United Biopharmaceuticals Inc. announces partnership with Naturally Perfect Consulting

United Biopharmaceuticals Inc. (United) has announced the appointment of Naturally Perfect Consulting as its Canadian strategic partner. Ded...

Organic baby and toddler food draws interest from private equity firm

North Castle Partners has recently acquired a controlling interest in Sprout Organic Foods Inc., a company that develops, markets and distri...

Costco dethrones Whole Foods as organic grocery king

As organic food becomes more mainstream and people catch up on trends, customers are looking for cheaper organic options and the convenience...

Summer Fancy Food Show NYC brings bolder flavours to consumers

A never-ending hunger for healthier snacks among Americans attending the Summer Fancy Food Show, NYC, brought forth an acceptance of a range...

Loblaw and unions return to the discussion table

Loblaw Cos. Ltd. came back to the table to resume talks with union workers yesterday, after they went on strike across nine stores in southe...

derma e® launches purifying skincare at Wanderlust festival in Aspen

California-based derma e® launched a purifying deep detox skincare regimen that offers healthy solutions to combat skin damage caused by mic...

Health Canada seizes natural health products from S&H Foods, Mississauga

Health Canada has seized three products from the Mississauga health retailer located on Burnhamthorpe Road West. Sport X Ephedrine, Promatri...

Whole Foods pays $800,000 after results of an investigation reveal pricing inaccuracies

A year-long state-wide investigation uncovered widespread pricing violations by Whole Foods in California. The problems included: Failing to...

Cannabis to become the next most compelling investment industry

According to a new report by GreenWave Advisors, marijuana lab testing revenues are projected to reach $850 million in the next five years. ...

Vitality first quarter results show loss

According to a news release, the financial results of Vitality, ending April 30, show a net loss of $52,838 compared to a loss of $41,661 fo...

Vitamins and nutritional supplements will dominate the natural health market

Vitamins, minerals and supplements are projected to take the natural and pharmaceutical industry to new heights of growth in the second half...

The next big cash crop: hemp

Alberta has recently added hemp to its collection of popular crops such as corn, sugar beets and potatoes. In an article in The Lethbridge H...

Natural health industry sees higher insurance limit requirements

Distributors in the dietary supplement and natural health products business are now requiring higher liability insurance limits for their su...

Canada Day brings tax break on feminine hygiene products

The Federal Government announced Thursday that tampons and other feminine hygiene products will be exempt from GST and HST. This tax removal...

General Mills moves to remove artificial flavours and colours from more cereals

With up to 75 per cent of General Mills cereals bidding to be free of artificial ingredients by the beginning of next year, Lucky Charms and...

Health Canada issues advisory about seized Better Bodies supplements in Alberta

Eight unauthorized health products from Better Bodies Nutrition in Alberta have been seized by Health Canada. The products that contain a co...

H&M predicts lower profitability during the latter half of the year

Sweden-based fashion retailer says that the rise on the U.S. dollar’s purchasing power will lead to lower lower profits in the latter ...

Layoffs at Sobeys for the year 2017

Major grocery industry player Sobeys has announced that it will be laying off some 1,300 employees from its distribution centres in Ontario ...

Canadians choose Tim Hortons and President’s Choice as most-trusted brands

A survey conducted on a sample of over 3,000 Canadians turned back a ranking of 249 brands in 22 different industries. The results indicated...

Health minister announces increase in department’s transparency

A three-year plan featuring new commitments toward increasing Health Canada transparency and openness was announced by Health Minister Rona ...

Integrated Healthcare Symposium, Canada

The Integrative Healthcare Symposium Canada is one of the most anticipated events of the year and will provide a clinically relevant, eviden...

Labels to get plainer language with new regulation

Starting June manufacturers of prescription drugs will be required to submit mock-ups of labels and packages for Health Canada review. This ...

MT Consulting president gets reception at TasteUs!

Michael Theodor, president of MT Consulting, was a part of “TasteUS!,” a reception organized by the US Food & Beverage Alliance at Water...

Vancouver takes the lead in first-quarter sales growth

An article in the Vancouver Sun cited B.C. retailers as starting off to a strong start to the 2015 fiscal year. According to the report by C...

Chinese medicine and health products get trading platform in August

An International Conference and Exhibition of the Modernization of Chinese Medicine and Health Products in August will give industry players...

Drop in retail sales brings bad news for loonie and GDP

Canadian retail sales dropped unexpectedly by 0.1 per cent in April this year after showing two months of gain. Statistics Canada data indic...

Germany-based Metro to expand using cyberspace

Metro AG has shown inclination to spending more on online and international expansions after its Kaufhof department store chain was sold for...

Canada Consumer Product Safety Act turns four

Health Minister Rona Ambrose and Parliamentary Secretary Cathy McLeod marked the fourth anniversary of the Canada Consumer Product Safety Ac...

Operation Pangea keeps Canadians away from illicit health products

This year’s Operation Pangea builds on Health Canada‘s ongoing actions against illegal and counterfeit health products that lead...

New policy development system launched by CPhA

Pharmacare 2.0 is a four-stage policy development process designed to build a Canadian consensus and restart the pharmacare conversation. Wi...

Young entrepreneur from St. John’s wins $25,000

Melissa Butler, a resident of St. John’s Newfoundland, entered the BDC Young Entrepreneur Award 2015 aiming to create a sustainable ye...

Organic baby food industry set to see major growth in the next decade

A recent research report suggests that the organic baby food market is estimates to hit a revenue of $3528.7 million at the end of the next ...

Kellogg Co. faces $4 million settlement in Kashi lawsuit

According to recent developments in the “all-natural” lawsuit against Kashi, a brand owned by Kellogg Co., could cost $4 million...

A&P considering filing for bankruptcy

One of America’s oldest grocery companies is considering drastic measures to cut costs by filing for bankruptcy. According to sources ...

Fig Food Co. adds to its sales and marketing tools

Advantage Sales and Marketing and Fig Food Company are now partnering to build new retail solutions to drive distribution and sales of FFC&#...

The next big market: natural antioxidants

A research report by Grand View Research in California estimates that the global natural oxidants market will reach a value of US $4.14 bill...

Western organic growers to get a boost

General Mills among others will contribute $50,000 to help expand the number of organic farmers in Western Canada. The region has received a...

Whole Foods faces criticism after launching new ‘Responsibly Grown’ system

It seems Whole Foods‘ efforts to get ratings on the eco-friendliness of products it carries will end up hurting farmers. Last year, th...

Bug in a Rug brings Earth Mama Angel Baby to Canada

Jan Wood of Bug in a Rug is now introducing Earth Mama Angel Baby’s 100 per cent organic and natural herbal products for pregnancy, breastfe...

A&P banner confirms actively seeking buyers

Two local unions joined hands and released a statement confirming the rumours about A&P‘s interest in selling its stores. The spok...

Ascenta Health sold to Nature’s Way Products, USA

The Dartmouth-based manufacturer of nutritional supplements was taken over by German pharma company Dr. Willmar Schwabe Pharmaceuticals̵...

Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods sold to U.S. company for $132.5 million

The Connecticut-based Compass Diversified Holdings has entered into an agreement to buy an 87 per cent interest in Manitoba Harvest at the p...

CVS takes over Target pharmacies in the U.S.

Target pharmacies in the U.S. are set to be taken over by CVS Health corporation after a definitive agreement for approximately $1.9 billion...

Canadian nutrition label changes, an update

Dietitian and nutritionist Abby Langer‘s article in Huffington Post Canada gives an assessment of the upside and downside of the new n...

Shopping trends reflect a shift to bargain shopping

Dollarama won out the retail sales race when it reported results on Wednesday morning which indicated that more customers had shopped at the...

Plant protein brand awarded top honours at Canadian Grand Prix

Gardein™, one of North America’s largest selling plant protein brands, was recently awarded top honours at the 22nd annual Canadian Gr...

New employee announcement at LeBeau Excel Ltd.

Madeline Hardy joins LeBeau Excel Sales & Marketing as sales representative for the Toronto North & Mid-North Ontario regions. Hardy...

WhiteWave Foods buys Burnaby-based Vega for US $550 million

Vega‘s founder, Charles Chang, says this is only a forebear of good news for the company. In an interview with BCBusiness‘s edit...

Drugstore banner agreements may cause conflict of interest

Commission report points to problems with “compliance programs” and “drug supply agreements” in pharmacies. The Cons...

Soda ads to carry health warnings, San Francisco approves

San Francisco approves posting health warnings on ads for sugary sodas and drinks. The label would read: “WARNING: Drinking beverages ...

McKesson Canada says it is an ethical partner for independent pharmacists

In response to several inaccurate media reports presented to pharmacists about McKesson Canada‘s credibility, the company put out a pr...

iLevel Management to broker Herstat in Canada

iLevel Management will now be the Canadian full-service broker for the Natural Healthfood Channel for sales of Herstat, a proven natural col...

Stevia future looks sweet

In a recent report by Research and Markets, Stevia’s retail market in 2014 was estimated to be US $68.1 billion and is projected to re...

Social media is a rich analytical resource for retailers

If you’re looking for insight into what your consumer wants from your store, look online. Joel Teitelbaum, chief executive of the iSto...

BC to get Bodhi Natural Market

Deer Horn Capital has announced June 6, Saturday, as the launch date for its 6,800 square foot natural and organic food store in Maple Ridge...

Costco trumps Whole Foods in selling organic foods

In a recent earnings call transcript obtained by Huffington Post, Costco‘s chief financial officer has estimated that the whole foods ...

Natural Society attacks USDA for their GMO labelling

The American advocacy group Natural Society has launched a petition against the latest “Non-GMO labels” introduced by the United...

Nestle under pressure as Maggi withdrawn from shelves

Nestle India defends itself against allegations that its instant noodles, Maggi, contain high levels of lead. In a move to protect consumers...

Wal-Mart rethinks customer service strategy

Wal-Mart is bringing back an old slogan that puts associates on top. “Our people make the difference” is what will now be placed...

LeBeau Excel brings on new team members

Gary Hallman has joined LeBeau Excel Sales and Marketing as the sales representative for the Niagara and South western Ontario region. Hallm...

Expansions at LeBeau Excel

LeBeau Excel announced the addition of Deborah Murdoch as marketing manager who will spearhead and lead the expansion in capacity and resour...

Avril Supermarché Sante opens first store in Quebec

  Avril Supermarché Sante held a grand opening of its first store in Quebec on May 27 as part of the second development phase of Carref...

Devastating health conditions force shutdown of pharmacy in BC

Violations of the health code by Native Vancouver Pharmacy located close to downtown eastside, Vancouver, has led to a shutdown by the Colle...

Vitality shows net loss

Despite share losses for the year 2014 – 2015, Vitality‘s sales increased to $63,916, owing to the increase in sales efforts by ...

Government seeks to increase food label literacy in consumers

Government rolls out phase two of campaign that urges buyers to focus on serving size and percent daily value when shopping. Honourable Tony...

Fishy business

In the race to join the health foods trend, Spam maker, Hormel Foods, has bought the organic meat brand Applegate for a reported $775 millio...

Costco sees increase in Q3 earnings

Costco Wholesale Corp. reported a rise in its 12-week net income, which rose 9.1 per cent or $516 million, and sales figures, which rose 1 p...

Wal-Mart takes up animal activism motivated by customer reviews

Wal-Mart is taking cause with the way meat and egg suppliers are treating animals. The retail giant uses in-house research to support its ne...

Employees to be rewarded for following healthy behaviours

Green Shield Canada will use insights from its data to take current health care a step toward preventive health care with an initiative call...

Canadian retail sector is predicted to slow down even further

Savings incurred by Canadians due to lower gas prices will be rendered useless because of the simultaneous weakening of the Canadian dollar,...

Health Canada Proposes Tighter Controls on Veterinary Drugs 

Most of Canada’s largest livestock groups including the Cattlemen’s Association, Pork Council, Chicken and Dairy Farmers of Canada have publ...

Vancouver Turns Blind Eye to Licencing Illegal Pot Dispensaries

Although marijuana will be no less illegal, the city of Vancouver has decided to issue business licences to regulate and permit the operatio...

Brain Health Nutrition is Essential Throughout Life

Benefits of Pycnogenol® – Dr. Pescatore More than ever, consumers are doing their own research and seeking out natural products that a...

Staff Training – A Necessity in Natural Health Care

by Tim Allen When it comes to differentiating one retail business from another inside the world of “Natural Health Care,” it’s certain; educ...

Five Top Ingredients for Brain Health

In the face of alarmist and dire predictions about dementia, millions of Canadian baby boomers are looking for ways to stay vital and active...

Retail Opportunities – Growing Out of the Changing Landscape

by Dale Sproule On the surface, Canada has a thriving hemp industry – with over twenty large-scale commercial producers currently growing me...

All Fats are Not the Same

By Dale Sproule Imagine an inch thick T-bone steak the size of a dinner plate. Now try to imagine eating the whole thing in a single sitting...

From Store Shelves to our Waterways

The powers-that-be have been well-aware of microplastics in our waterways since December 2012, when State University of New York professor S...

US Organic Foods Market Poised to Surpass 45 Billion in 2015

According to recently published report by TechSci Research, “United States Organic Foods Market Forecast & Opportunities, 2020,...

International Naturopathic Cancer Research Project Announced

Canadian and American health-care professionals will work together to study the effectiveness of advanced integrative oncology (AIO) treatme...

Fitness Market Achieves Runners High

The world market for sports and fitness nutrition products (including foods & drinks) is moving from a niche segment to a mainstream mar...

Naturally Splendid Builds Impressive HempOmega Team for Global Push

Naturally Splendid Enterprises made not one but two major appointments to its Corporate Advisory Board to assist the Company with developmen...

When is an Apple not an Apple?

A company called Okanagan Specialty Fruits (recently acquired by US Bio-technology firm, Intrexon) has just received Canadian and US approva...

The future of organics

Since organic foods have seen a steady growth that shows no signs of slowing down, is the supply enough to satisfy the demand? By Kavita Sab...

Can You See It?

A look at the vision health category By Allison Tannis   Take a closer look. Vision/eye health ranks among consumers’ top five health c...

The power of in-store sales promotions

What can in-store promotions do for you, and how do you avoid the pitfalls? By Darrin Duber-Smith Marketers just love to talk about value: c...

Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre Launches French Website

A comprehensive online resource for patients, healthcare professionals and researchers interested in naturopathic cancer care In February, t...

WHO Doesn’t Like Sugar?

A new World Health Organization (WHO) guideline recommends adults and children reduce their daily intake of free sugars to less than 10% of ...

What’s up with the Poiple Carrots, Doc?

Bugs Bunny would be pleased to learn that purple carrots deliver quiet a different list of nutrients than their orange, yellow and white cou...

Powerful – with a Capital P

Three totally natural health supplements that may be more powerful than prescription drugs?? No joke! Such things do exist. What are they? A...

Opening the Hatch to Fair Trade Seafood

Using single-hook handlines attached to handmade kites, the fishermen in the Indonesian Maluku island chain locate and catch large adult yel...

Coffee Tea Drinks Inspired by Asian-Pacific Trends

With younger consumers turning away from coffee in a search for healthier beverages, many are attracted to coffee tea drinks – a hybrid conc...

British Columbia and Ontario Pharmacists to Provide New Cardiovascular Program to Patients

Green Shield Canada, in partnership with the Ontario Pharmacists Association and the British Columbia Pharmacy Association, launched a pharm...

Hain Celestial Announces Accretive Strategic Acquisition

Acquires Live Clean® Personal Care Brand in Canada Expands Health and Beauty Care Offerings with Diversified Line of Baby, Body and Hair Car...

And Best Performance by an Anti-Aging Vitamin Goes to…

Alberta-based Life Choice made the big time in Hollywood last Sunday when two of its anti-aging products – available at natural health produ...

Orgen Nutraceuticals Expands Distribution Across Canada

Ayurvedic fusion supplement company, Orgen Nutraceuticals, has announced a major expansion effort to offer its products through more retail ...

Manitoba Looks to Improve Health with Functional Foods

According to the recently completed study, Economic Impact to Manitoba of Increased Adoption of Healthy Food and Food Ingredients for Chroni...

Acosta Sales & Marketing to Acquire Higgins Cohn Brand Management

Acquisition broadens Natural/Specialty Sales reach in Canada Acosta Sales & Marketing, a leading full-service sales and marketing agency...

Herbasante Refines Taste of High DHA Omega Oil

Herbasante – a Canadian company that specializes in providing a wide range of innovative natural and non-toxic homeopathic and herbal remedi...

Pick Me Up

NOW® B12 Instant Energy is back and features natural ingredients including 2000 mcg of multisource B12 and energizing co-factors that promot...

Ethical Nutrition Explained

In the preamble to their newly released “Report on Ethical Nutrition,” BCC Research defines “Ethical Nutrition” as “the practice of providin...

Supplement Line Revitalized

One of the longest lived and most respected natural health products lines in Canada is being revitalized by the children of the company’s lo...

Products to Fill your Heart and Spark Your Memory

Ascenta, makers of NutraSea and NutraVege – two of Canada’s favourite Omega 3 supplements, is preparing for their biggest produc...

Canadian Consumers Should Rest Assured

What should you do if you find yourself facing a sudden maelstrom of consumer concern following the testing and recall of a range of health ...

Driver Danica Patrick Takes Lead for StrongGirl™

Iovate Health Sciences International has introduced StrongGirl™, a new line of supplements created by women for women. StrongGirl™ supplemen...

Neptune Promotion

Dr. Tina Sampalis has been appointed Medical Science Liaison for Neptune Biotech. This is a transition from her previous position of Chief G...

Could Probiotics Reduce Viral Infections and Digestive Distress in Infants?

Probiotics have shown promise in supporting young immune systems to reduce incidence of common illnesses. In a Drug, Healthcare and Patient ...

MusclePharm names Canadian FitMiss Ambassadors

  MusclePharm’s new Canadian FitMiss Brand Ambassadors include Francisca Dennis – a public speaker, author, published freelance f...

Clear Sailing for Dietary Fibre

A new report from marketsandmarkets.com estimates that from 2014 to 2019, the global dietary fibre market will grow at a Compound Annual Gro...

Release Targets Health, Fitness, and Nutrition

The SmartenFit app is a research-based healthy eating and fitness app that provides a holistic approach to wellness. The developers are all ...

CHFA Keeps the Sector on Top of Health Canada Changes

Staffing changes occurring at Health Canada as reported by The Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA). In summary: Simon Kennedy has assume...

Tests Suggest that Hemp Oil Enhances Immune Function

Under the sponsorship of Earth Science Tech., Inc. (ETST), researchers at the University of Central Oklahoma have been investigating the eff...

Horizon Group Acquires Planet Foods

On January 30, 2015, the Horizon Group of Companies announced the acquisition of Calgary’s popular Planet Foods. The Horizon Group is a priv...

Hemp Market Leader Looks to Omega

Naturally Splendid announced strengthened relationships with Full Spectrum Laboratories and Boreal Technologies, with a recent application t...

Super Superfoods

Superfoods are a steadily-growing category. Cultivate your superfood sales with these new picks. By Rob Ayoup, ND Goji, chia, pomegranate, a...

Moving your store online

Starting an e-commerce site doesn’t have to be hard. Just follow these steps from an expert in building an online presence to see your sales...

Country Beginnings

The Country Way seamlessly blends a rich history with passion and knowledge to become an institution in its city. By Kavita Sabharwal / Phot...

ACHOO! Excuse Me; Do You Have an Allergy Category?

By Allison Tannis It’s nothing to sneeze at. Despite mistakenly being considered minor and seasonal by many, the allergy category has steady...

New import tariffs for Canadians were introduced on Jan. 1

In addition to a new year, January 1 brought new import tariffs to Canadians, which will affect thousands of imported products, which may le...

Where are they now: Timothy Allen

Timothy Allen has been in the natural health industry for over 25 years. In that time, he learned which areas see the most demand in order f...

Pomme Natural Market

Slice of success Pomme Natural Market uses the expertise of its co-owners to thrive in a challenging marketplace. By Kavita Sabharwal Photog...

Seeking better performance: How to create a winning sports nutrition section

Find success in your sports nutrition category with help from innovative delivery formats, category insights and product mixes just as uniqu...

When it Comes to Weight Loss, Focus on the Carbs!

By Mitch Skop, Senior Director, New Product Development, Pharmachem Laboratories, Inc.   Carbohydrates are comfort foods, notably for t...

Point of Sale Systems 101

Today, the right POS system is more than just about managing transactions; it’s about finding one that will manage your entire business. By ...

Strong Bones

Decode the bone health market with tips and new ingredients for this evolving category. By Stephanie Rubino, BSc, ND   It is not surprising ...

Michael Stetson, Burlington Health Foods

Spatial Sense Burlington Health Foods’ transition into a smaller space narrows its focus onto what its customers really need. By Kavita Sabh...

Checking the pulse of the 50+ category

We present an overview of this growing category and what consumers want to see on store shelves. By Allison Tannis, BSc MSc RHN   More ...

Can you profit from GMO-free products?

GMO can be found everywhere, though many consumers are not aware of the negative effects. We explore the possibility of making a profit with...

The digital edge

Rytalo helps companies get into digital marketing by using its expertise to rocket retailers to success. By Kavita Sabharwal   Rytalo s...

Under the microscope: examining today’s immune category

Immune category products are among the most sought-after on store shelves. Here are the best natural treatments for your immune consumers. B...

CHFA East 2014 Gallery

CHFA East 2014 Gallery...

Online exclusive: Company Look Back – Herbasanté

Herbasanté is an established Canadian homeopathic and herbal product manufacturer with over 30 years of experience providing natural, non-to...

Linda Bolton is named one of Canada’s top female entrepreneurs

We spoke to Linda Bolton of Natural Calm Canada about being named one of Canada’s top female entrepreneurs by PROFIT Magazine and Chat...

Discussion: Are loyalty programs effective?

Retailers everywhere, including hugely popular big-box retailers, are competing for business. While the competition is stiff, these retailer...

Where are they now: Jimmy Vaid, iLevel Management Inc.

Jimmy Vaid had a rather unconventional start in the natural products industry, though starting his own brokerage firm was not a far cry from...

The number of farmer’s markets in Canada is rising

Farmers’ markets are popping up all over America. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), there are more than 8,200 fa...

Where are they now: Michael Theodor Brokerage Inc.

Michael Theodor has years of brokerage experience to his name. After starting his first company, Organic Connection, in 1976, Theodor focuse...

Fighting back against menopause

Menopause products experience steady sales, keeping itone of the strongest categories. By Christopher Habib, ND As many women know, menopaus...

Natural solutions for sexual health issues

Is there a way to naturally treat the most common sexual health ailments? We rounded up the best (and most effective) alternatives to tradit...

Making the most of mobile apps and online marketing

Find out how you can boost your retail sales through the use of smartphone apps and integrated online promotions. By Moody Hashem   Picture ...

Digs Dorfman, The Sweet Potato

Sweet Ideas AFTER FINDING HIMSELF UNEXPECTEDLY IN THE GROCERY BUSINESS, DIGS DORFMAN BRINGS THE SWEET POTATO TO SUCCESS AND BEYOND. BY KAVIT...

Bob Mehr, Pure Integrative Pharmacy

Pure Focus Pure Integrative Pharmacy recommends both traditional and complimentary medicine to give every patient the personalized treatment...

A new take on an old classic

Trial and error helped Kyrill Leutsch craft Quoquos, a natural health product that sets a new standard for coconut oil. By Kavita Sabharwal ...

Anaheim Gallery

Expo West  IHR Magazine was at the Natural Products Expo West 2014, which took place from March 6 to 9 at the Anaheim Convention Center in A...