BC companies scoop three awards at natural and organic products expo



    TORONTO, Sept. 12 /CNW/ - The Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA)
honoured individuals and companies who have exhibited outstanding industry
service and leadership in the natural and organic product industry with the
CHFA People of Excellence Awards on September 8th, 2007.
    Natural and organic product companies based in British Columbia took home
three awards, including a new award that focuses on the environment.
    The CHFA is pleased to announce that Nature's Path Foods received the new
Spotlight Award: Environmental, in the supplier category as the Richmond-based
company has a long history of environmental leadership.
    Nature's Path Foods Inc. produces breakfast foods, snacks and pasta which
is sold in 31 countries around the world. The company's innovative brands
include Nature's Path(R), EnviroKidz(R), LifeStream(R) and Optimum(R).
    Environmental initiatives Nature's Path has undertaken include, but are
not limited to, reducing its cereal packaging by 10 per cent; producing all
cardboard packing from 100 per cent recycled paperboard with vegetable
ink-based printing; testing compostable packaging film; providing bulk
packaging of some of its cereal brands; donating one per cent of EnviroKidz
cereal sales to species and habitat conservation and environmental education
programs for children; participating in annual Canadian shoreline clean ups;
experimenting with a green roof at its head office; donating food spills from
manufacturing plants to farmers; and implementing extensive recycling program
in its manufacturing plants for cardboard and plastic.
    In 2002, Nature's Path won the CHFA Organics Achievement Award.
    The CHFA Supplier of Excellence Award was presented to Natural Factors
for its overall excellence in operations including consistently superior
product quality; product innovation; superior marketing support and excellent
customer service and satisfaction.
    The Coquitlam-headquartered company has produced and sold quality
supplements to North Americans for more than 50 years. Today it offers more
than 300 different formulas available exclusively at natural health stores.
The family-owned, Canadian business prides itself on growing its own herbs
organically and processes them fresh from the fields in production facilities
in the Okanagan region.
    Natural Factors also has offices in Mississauga, Ontario and a US Sales &
Distribution Center in Everett, Washington.
    CHFA is also pleased to announce that Ms. Bonnie Elendiuk of the Vitamin
Shop in Victoria took home the Gordon Storie Memorial Bursary, an award that
supports an individual who is a Certified Natural Products Advisor and is
planning on pursuing a career in naturopathy.

    The CHFA congratulates all CHFA People of Excellence Award recipients,
    including the following:

    CHFA Hall of Fame Award
    David Chapman

    CHFA Organics Achievement Award
    Eric Eberhardt

    Spotlight Award, Environmental - Retailer
    Foodsmiths
    Perth, ON

    Spotlight Award, Environmental - Supplier
    Nature's Path Foods Inc.
    Richmond, BC

    Preferred Nutrition Award for Excellence in Retail Sales
    Sponsored by Preferred Nutrition Inc.
    Don & Helen Luther, Nutrition House
    Owen Sound, ON

    Jack Gahler Memorial Award for Excellence in Inside Sales
    Sponsored by Natural Factors
    Donna Bannister, Purity Life Health Products, a SunOpta Company
    Acton, ON

    Jack Gahler Memorial Award for Excellence in Field Sales
    Sponsored by Natural Factors
    Ashley MacMaster, Preferred Nutrition
    Acton, ON

    CHFA Brock Elliott Memorial Award for Retailing Excellence
    Avril Supermarché Santé
    Longueuil, QC

    CHFA Supplier of Excellence Award
    Natural Factors
    Coquitlam, BC

    Gordon Storie of Memorial Bursary
    Sponsored by SISU Inc.
    Bonnie Elendiuk, Vitamin Shop
    Victoria, BC

    CHFA Exhibitors Award - Large Booth
    Inno-Vite Inc.
    Concord, ON

    CHFA Exhibitors Award - Medium Booth
    Organic Meadow
    Guelph, ON

    CHFA Exhibitors Award - Small Booth
    Metromint
    San Francisco, CA

    The Canadian Health Food Association (www.chfa.ca) is Canada's largest
national trade association dedicated to the natural and organic products
industry. Our members represent the entire supply chain including growers,
manufacturers, retailers, wholesalers, distributors, and importers involved in
a variety of industry sub-sectors such as vitamin and mineral supplements,
herbal products, homeopathics, sports nutrition products, natural and organic
foods, fibres and health and beauty aids. CHFA member products support
Canadians seeking optimal health and quality of life.




For further information:

For further information: Natalie Cajic, Communications Coordinator at
(416) 497-6939, ext. 234 or ncajic@chfa.ca


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