Olympian opens natural health and organic trade show

VANCOUVER, May 5 /CNW/ - Four-Time Olympic Medalist Kristina Groves will open the largest trade show in Western Canada for the natural health and organic products industry, Expo West 2010 (http://www.chfa.ca/EVENTS/ExpoWest.aspx), May 15.

"We are so proud of Kristina and her Olympic accomplishments," said Beena Goldenberg, President, Hain Celestial Canada, the sponsor of Kristina's guest appearance at Expo West. Kristina emerged as one of Canada's stars at the 2010 Winter Games, winning a silver medal in Women's 1,500m and a bronze in Women's 3,000m speed skating.

After the show opening, Kristina will sign autographs in the Hain Celestial booth (No. 727) from 10 a.m. to noon; and pictures with Kristina may be taken for a nominal donation to her favourite charity, Right to Play, an international humanitarian and development organization.

As a consumer of natural and organic foods and a proponent of green living, Kristina has been an ideal spokesperson for Hain Celestial. "Hain Celestial is so fortunate to be associated with Kristina," says Goldenberg. On the last day of the 2010 Winter Games, Hain Celestial pledged a $5,000 donation to Right To Play, a donation matched by Kristina from her medal winnings.

Expo West is a conference (May 13-14) and trade show (May 15-16) for natural health and organic products industry where natural health retailers can learn the latest in product education and see, touch and taste thousands of natural health and organic products such as, health & beauty aids; herbs & botanicals; natural foods; organics food & ingredients; pet products; sports nutrition products; and, supplements.

About CHFA

The Canadian Health Food Association is Canada's largest national trade association dedicated to the natural health and organic products industry. The association represents manufacturers, retailers, wholesalers, distributors, growers and importers of natural and organic products, including foods, vitamin and mineral supplements, herbal products, homeopathics, sports nutrition products, fibres and health and beauty aids.

About Hain Celestial

Hain Celestial Canada is Canada's leading natural and organic food company and is based in Toronto, ON with a manufacturing plant in Vancouver, BC. Their brands include Terra Chips(R), Yves Veggie Cuisine(R), Casbah(R), Earth's Best(R), Garden of Eatin(R), Health Valley(R), Spectrum(R), MaraNatha(R), Alba(R) and Imagine(R). Hain Celestial Canada is a subsidiary of The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAIN), a leading natural and organic food company in North America and Europe. For more information, please visit www.hain-celestial.ca.

About Right To Play International

Right To Play is an international humanitarian organization that uses sport and play programs to improve health, develop life skills, and foster peace for children and communities in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the world. For more information, visit www.righttoplay.com.

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SOURCE Canadian Health Food Association

For further information: For further information: Natalie Cajic, Communications Specialist, at 1-800-661-4510 x.234 or ncajic@chfa.ca

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