Join the many retailers who have booked their place at the exciting Natural Health Trade Summit.
The Natural Health Trade Summit is all about the wonderful independent health food trade and the people that make it so special. That’s why we’ve created the perfect atmosphere for you to get together, catch up with old industry friends and meet new ones, share retailing stories, while discovering the latest the industry has to offer in product innovation…
When: 25 October 2015
Where: Palace Hotel, Manchester
For more information about the Summit, and to register free, log on to www.nhtsummit.co.uk.
Following the sad death of much-loved naturopath, Jan de Vries, his team pay tribute.
Jan de Vries was born in Holland in 1937 and grew up during the Second World War. He said on many occasions that it was these difficult years of his childhood that instilled in him a strong desire to dedicate his life to helping other people. He graduated in the field of pharmacy in 1958 and two years later, met the famous Swiss naturopath, Alfred Vogel.
In 1960, Jan married a Scottish girl and together they had four daughters. In the same year, together with Alfred Vogel, he started the very first naturopathic clinic in Holland, along with the company, Biohorma. Both of these ventures expanded rapidly and helped thousands of people.
However, Jan’s desire to study and learn more of his field led him to travel to many parts of the world. During these travels, he came in contact with many practitioners of complementary and traditional medicines. Jan truly became an expert in his field and this enabled him to help the many people who sought his care and advice.
In 1971, Jan moved his family to the UK to set up a clinic in the seaside town of Troon, on the west coast of Scotland. The clinic flourished and he soon had to move to larger premises, Auchenkyle, where he continued his work. Jan opened a number of other clinics, as well as health food stores across Britain and Ireland, all of which he visited regularly to consult with patients.
Throughout his life, Jan put a great deal of work into several projects, which brought alternative and orthodox medicine together. He believed that a combination of these two, known as ‘complementary medicine’, was the correct approach for many people suffering ill health.
His great love for people and passion for complementary medicine drove him to accomplish some amazing achievements throughout his life; he helped develop natural medicine in India, Canada, Australia, America and Scandinavia, and was also involved in research work.
Jan began broadcasting in 1982 on Gloria Hunniford’s Radio 2 programme and remained a regular guest for 10 years. He moved to television in the 1990s and was a contributor to The Good Morning Show with Richard and Judy, and RTE1’s Afternoon Show. He was also a well-known voice on a variety of radio stations throughout the UK.
A keen author, Jan wrote 40 books on a host of health problems and was a feature writer in many magazines and newspapers, such as Belfast Telegraph, Sunday Post and Ayrshire Post.
He was a man who loved to share his knowledge and teach others, and was in constant demand as a popular and insightful lecturer. In 2002, Jan de Vries was appointed Honorary Professor of Complementary Medicine at Edinburgh’s Queen Margaret University College.
His work throughout the world has been greatly appreciated and recognition of his efforts came in the form of many accolades, including The Dag Hammarskjold Award from the United Nations, as well as several honours from his own profession.
Jan was a man full of love, passion and an unrelenting need to help others. There are many whose lives were enhanced by his positive and uplifting spirit. Helping people to get better, and renewing their hope and enjoyment of life, he had a profound influence and will be greatly missed.
His legacy will live on in all that he taught and wrote.
Paying further tribute, well-known industry face, Roger Dyer, commented: “I got to know Jan when I had the pleasure of visiting him several times at Auchenkyle when I was working with the Seatone brand. I took a taxi from the airport the first time I went to meet Jan and it was a revelation of the great man. The taxi driver explained that Jan had brought so much good health and hope to many of his friends and relations.
“Jan was known to have ‘special’ healing powers that made him such an amazing person. Jan’s softly spoken voice with his subtle Dutch accent made his presentations and talks captivating. Jan was always very generous with his time, including inviting my wife and I to attend the marriage of one of his daughters. Jan was a very special man and he will be missed.”
A new Head of Marketing has joined the team at Faith in Nature.
Helen Keely (pictured), joins the company to help increase brand awareness and to bring new products to market. She will also be involved in new product development.
She has worked in various marketing roles for some of the big names in the health and beauty sector. Her first role was with Avon Cosmetics as a Brand Assistant, focusing on skincare launches. Helen latterly spent five years at PZ Cussons as Assistant Brand Manager and then Brand Manager, where she worked on brands including Carex and was responsible for the launch of Carex Fun Editions.
“I have always had a passion for the health and beauty sector and was attracted by Faith in Nature’s natural credentials. I fell in love with the company’s ethos. They really do set themselves apart from the competition and I am proud to be heading up the marketing team for the brand,” she said.
Chairperson, Rivka Rose, added: “Helen’s strong background in this sector will set her in good stead for extending our reach to a larger audience. We are excited to have her on board and I trust her industry knowledge will further add to our team and therefore our brand.”
Direct Food Ingredients has announced the opening of an American office as part of its expansion plans.
The food and nutritional ingredients distributor has settled in Los Angeles for its dedicated office and warehouse facility, which will support its international expansion.
Headed up by Abe Cortez, Vice President of the US office, the new base will focus on the sports nutrition and nutraceutical sectors, two areas that the family owned business has already conquered from its head office in the UK.
Managing Director, Steve Loake, said: “Opening the new office is a huge achievement and an important step in our goal to bring our professionalism, stringent procedures and knowledge of this complex market overseas.
“Over the past 20 years, we have become an industry leader in the UK and it is now time for us to expand overseas. The US is the ideal place to begin and we look forward to supplying customers with our impeccable ingredients from our vast portfolio.”