Industry News

  • Horizon Group announces the acquisition of Ontario Natural Food Co-op business and assets

    Burnaby, BC, June 1, 2017 – The Horizon Group of Companies today completed the purchase of the business and assets of Ontario Natural Food Co-op of Mississauga, Ontario.

    The Ontario distributor, renamed Ontario Natural Food Company Inc., joins Horizon Group’s regional distribution facilities serving customers across Canada. It brings with it more than 40 years of experience as a leading organic and natural food wholesaler in eastern Canada, a customer base approaching 1,500, plus Black River Juice and another proprietary natural food brand. It will continue to operate a 115,000-sq-ft distribution facility in Mississauga, supplying more than 4,500 grocery, refrigerated, frozen, bulk and household items to organic and natural food retailers and buying clubs.

    Longtime General Manager Randy Whitteker will be staying on. “We’ve had a long history of growth and formed deep relationships in the organic and natural food sector,” he says; “as a response to a changing market, I know our customers and vendor partners will benefit greatly from this development.” He adds that nothing will change the organization’s passion for working with suppliers and retailers who are dedicated to improving the sustainability of food systems through the products they develop and sell.

    Horizon Group Vice-President Terri Newell says the Horizon Group, “looks forward to working with its new colleagues and exploring the opportunities that a greater, combined strength will present.” She notes that customers will gain expanded regional service and access to a national platform.

    Members of the Ontario Federation of Food Co-operatives and Clubs, Inc. (operating as Ontario Natural Food Co-op) agreed to the sale of the business and key assets of the co-operative in March.

    The Horizon Group is a privately held, national network of subsidiaries, each carrying national brands and regionally unique products from a diverse range of organic and natural food (dry, chill, frozen, and bulk), natural body care, and nutritional health supplements. Subsidiaries include British Columbia’s Horizon Distributors and Christmas Natural Products, both of Burnaby, and PSC Natural Foods of Victoria; Calgary’s Planet Food and Organic Horizons; Corwin Distribution of Concord, Ontario and Directa Distribution of Pointe-Claire, Quebec.

    For more information on Ontario Natural Food Company Inc. or Horizon Distributors, the flagship facility for the Horizon Group of Companies, please visit:


    Randy Whitteker, General Manager, Ontario Natural Food Company Inc., RWhitteker [at], 905-507-2021, ext. 227

    Terri Newell, Vice-President - Horizon Group of Companies, General Manager – Horizon Distributors, terrin [at], 604-524-6610


  • Virtual Table Top April 2017

    ONFC is proud to announce we are yet again having an online trade event: Virtual Table Top!

    ONFC’s Virtual Table Top is an online “e-commerce” style event with all the online shopping bells and whistles, without the actual immediate payment process at the end of checkout. What does that mean?
    It means Retailers simply go to Virtual Table Top show during April 19th to April 21st to place their orders on our “table topping deals” and check them out like a regular e-commerce site and then pay later as per their ONFC account terms.

    How to Login/Create an Account:
    The site link is located at The site goes live on April 19th at 6:00am. You will need your Customer ID and your work (or personal) email. Your Customer ID is VERY important especially for stores with multiple locations. If you do not input the correct ID number, your shipping locations will not show up when checking out. Your Customer ID can be found on your invoices or you can contact an ONFC sales rep to get that information.

    Which Browser should I be using?
    We recommend using either Chrome or Fire Fox. There have been some issues in the past when using older versions of IE (Internet Explorer) 8 and 9. If using IE please use the latest version.

    Case Stack Deals on VTT
    Some items have CSDs. On the VTT site you will only see the lowest tier pricing. If you move to the higher tier, your pricing will be reflected on your final invoice and not shown on the site due to technical limitations.

    All VTT products will be shipping between May 1st to June 9th unless noted otherwise.

    See you online!


  • CHFA Award for Excellence in Inside Sales

    On the evening of Saturday, September 16, 2017 members of the ONFC team attended the CHFA East 2017 awards ceremony at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.  The awards ceremony is an opportunity to celebrate and recognize the many achievements of our partners, peers, and of course friends in the Canadian health food world.  One key recognition, the CHFA Award for Excellence in Inside Sales, was awarded to our very own Inside Sales Representative, Rachelle Goodier.  Rachelle has been with the ONFC team for over a year and has quickly proven to be a friendly, reliable, and knowledgeable member of the ONFC Sales team.  ONFC is very proud of Rachelle’s achievement and is looking forward to another great year of excellence and success in the health food industry.