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Registration open as NHT Summit grows

Retailers are being invited to register their place to visit the Natural Health Trade Summit in what will be its biggest year to date.

The event takes place at The Principal Hotel, formerly called The Palace Hotel, in Manchester on October 22, held in association with the National Association of Health Stores (NAHS).

This year’s event, the third time it has taken place, will be bigger than before, with a newly expanded exhibition space upstairs to cater to demand. This will be in addition to the already established exhibition downstairs.

With more exhibitors than ever, across a range of sectors, the event will also once again play host to a selection of roundtable events, being held throughout the day on a range of topics.

Sales Director, Ruth Gilmour, commented: “We are proud that the NHT Summit has become an essential date in the industry’s calendar, being the UK’s only event dedicated entirely to the independent health food industry.

“Celebrating all that’s good about the industry, visitors can enjoy roundtable discussions tackling the hottest topics in retailing, more than 100 exhibitors showcasing their new products and show-only discounts and plenty of opportunities to meet and network. We are excited to be able to grow the show this year, and we look forward to welcoming you all.”

And take it from retailer, Joanne Hill, from Amaranth, in Stockport, who visited last year and commented: “We are full of ideas after the Natural Health Trade Summit! It’s a lovely place to catch up with suppliers old and new.”

Registration is free at www.nhtsummit.co.uk and we are encouraging all readers of Health Food Business to attend this important annual event. And for retailers looking to make a weekend of it, there are discounted hotel rates at all local hotels; visit www.reservation-highway.co.uk/nht17 to book. If you are planning to stay, we recommend booking your hotel as soon as possible as rooms are limited and sold on a first-come-first-served basis.

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Tophill Tournament to tee off

The annual Tophill Tournament is soon to take place.

The event, run by industry stalwart, Colin Tophill, takes place on June 7 at Windlesham Golf Club, in Surrey, in association with Health Food Business. Health Food Business will be sponsoring the nearest the pin competition, and donating a case of wine to the winner, in addition to donating the Leading Health Food Retailer Prize, with the winner scooping £250 of free stock from a supplier of the winner’s choice. Furthermore, the Health Food Business team will be offering refreshments on the day.

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The Vegetarian Society is expanding its scope with the creation of a new vegan trademark.

The organisation created the trademark as the vegan market enjoys continued interest in entirely animal-free products.

The new trademark, which will complement the existing Vegetarian Society Approved trademark, will offer assurance to consumers that stringent checks have been made to ensure a product’s vegan credentials. The trademark will be available for us on-pack and in out-of-home establishments for products that are free from animal-derived ingredients, cross-contamination during production, GMOs, and animal testing, either directly or via commissioned processes.

The Vegetarian Society Approved vegan trademark will have the unique advantage of being independently checked, rather than being licensed on a self-certificated basis. Accredited products will also be promoted by the Vegetarian Society.

Vanessa Brown, Head of Business and Catering Services at the Vegetarian Society, explained: “The number of vegan consumers across the country is continuing to rise and we’ve seen a huge appetite for animal-free products across all grocery sectors, from food to beauty. We have experienced increasing demand for a vegan trademark from our customers to ensure they stand out from the crowd and can proudly display their vegan credentials.

“Our existing Vegetarian Society Approved trademark can be found on more than 15,000 products and we’re confident that our new vegan approved trademark will experience the same success.”

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Suma scoops prestigious Queen’s Award

The worker’s co-operative, Suma, has been awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the International Trade category.

The Queen’s Awards are amongst the most prestigious awards in the UK, designed to celebrate outstanding achievements in business.

And as its marks 40 years in business in 2017, Suma has been recognised for a strong, continued growth in international sales, as well as its co-operative ethos and great employment benefits, such as equal pay for all workers and flexible working.

Suma, an ethical wholefood wholesaler located near Halifax, in West Yorkshire, serves both the UK and export market with a range that extends to more than 7,000 lines of ambient, chilled and frozen goods. With a growing workforce of more than 250 people, the business contributes to local employment in the Calderdale area and brings many benefits to the local economy, such as providing £2,500 worth of food to support the victims of the Boxing Day floods that struck the area on Boxing Day 2015.

Stephen Newton, a member of Suma’s International Sales Team, commented: “We’re really thrilled at the amazing growth of our international sales, and that we can make delicious, ethical vegetarian food available to a wider audience. By winning this award, we’re proud to prove that our local business can hold its own against the big players in international trade.”