Farmer Recognized For Vision of First Organic Dairy Brand

The largest trade association for the natural and organic products industry, the Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA), honoured those individuals who have made significant contributions to the sector with the CHFA People of Excellence Awards, September 13, 2008.

The most prestigious awards, the CHFA Hall of Fame Award and the CHFA Organics Achievement Award, were presented to two long-time advocates of health and well-being.

The CHFA Hall of Fame Award was presented to a natural health retailer Leo Schafer of Unity, SK. Known as Doctor Schafer, he is considered a pioneer in the art of alternative healing on a local, national and international scale. Dr. Schafer was also a founding member of the CHFA when the Association started in 1964.

The CHFA Organics Achievement Award was presented to Ted Zettel, the president of Organic Meadow Inc. Today Organic Meadow products have become a national entity sold coast to coast but it was only 19 years ago, when in 1989, a group of organic farmers, including Mr. Zettel, formed a cooperative, OntarBio Organic Farmers Cooperative. Little did these organic farmers know OntarBio would go on to become Organic Meadow, the label that now leads the market on a national scale.

The CHFA People of Excellence Awards took place during Expo East 2008, September 11-14, the largest conference and trade show in Canada for the natural and organic products industry featuring more than 550 exhibiting companies with the latest in natural and organic products for home, health, and planet.

Preliminary numbers show that this year’s conference and trade show increased its attendance by 11 per cent over the last show underlining the increased interest in the fast growing market health and nutrition.

The Canadian Health Food Association ( 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 well-being.

List of winners of the CHFA People of Excellence Awards at Expo East 2008 include:

CHFA Hall of Fame Award

Leo Schafer

CHFA Organics Achievement Award

Ted Zettel

Rising Star

Healthy By Choice Natural Products, Bradford, ON

Spotlight Award Environmental – Retailer

Avril Supermarché Santé, Granby, QC

Spotlight Award Environmental – Supplier

Sequel Naturals Ltd., Port Coquitlam, BC

Preferred Nutrition Award for Excellence in Retail Sales

Luna Curle, Planet Organic, Calgary, AB

Jack Gahler Memorial Award for Excellence in Inside Sales

Guylaine Blanchet, SISU, Burnaby, BC

Jack Gahler Memorial Award for Excellence in Field Sales

Jeremy Stewart, Natural Factors, Coquitlam, BC

CHFA Brock Elliott Memorial Award for Retailing Excellence

Harmony Whole Foods, Orangeville, ON

CHFA Supplier of Excellence Award

Body Plus Nutritional Products Inc., Toronto, ON

Gordon Storie of Memorial Bursary

Daniel Madrid, Nutrition Works, Winnipeg, MB

Exhibitor Awards

CHFA Exhibitors Award – Large Booth

Sequel Naturals Ltd., Port Coquitlam, BC

CHFA Exhibitors Award – Medium Booth

Abundance Marketing, Stoney Creek, ON

CHFA Exhibitors Award – Small Booth

vivi mind, Laval, QC

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