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 certai...

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...