Organika Story

Organika began as many health companies do, as an answer to a health issue.

Back in the mid 80′s, Tom Chin, Founder and President, found out he had kidney stones. Before the 1990′s, the most common option for such a predicament was to go under the knife, which was quite invasive. A good friend of Tom’s recommended for him to go to the market and buy a pound of parsley, a cut of turmeric and mix with 1 part juice and 1 part water. After drinking this mixture for three days, the problem was solved and Tom thought “Why go under the knife at all, when most ailments can be cured naturally?”

From that experience, Organika was founded in 1990 to give access to quality NHP’s at an affordable price to help serve, inspire and contribute to the good health and well being of people all around the world for generations to come.

And today, Organika does just that – changing the landscape of health in a positive way across various cultures, one person and one step at a time. There have been trials, great successes and achievements over the years, and every one of them has brought Organika to this moment: on the cusp of achieving 25 years of success and momentum.

Company Timeline

1990
Organika® Health Products Inc. established!
With four main products (Coenzyme Q10, Garlic, Korean Red Ginseng, and Ginkgo Biloba), Mr. Thomas Chin began the establishment of Organika Health Products® in Richmond, B.C., dedicated towards natural health products of quality, purity and potency that would optimize the health of others.
1992
Glucosamine Sulfate as GLS-500 produced and distributed.
  • Organika® was the first Canadian company to have brought in Glucosamine Sulfate (GLS) and to educate Canadian consumers about Glucosamine Sulfate being the future for joint management. This development gave the momentum for Organika to develop, the Liga-joint line, Melatonin, and the full range of CoQ10 supplements.
  • Moved facilities to Clark Place in Richmond.
1996
Organika® Starts its own manufacturing facility.
  • Organika® starts it’s own manufacturing side of the business to control quality from start to finish.
  • Acquired several 3rd party certifications.
    • Organika® was one of First Nutraceutical companies in Canada to have cGMP before it was mandatory in 2004 by Health Canada
1997
Mr. Thomas Chin receives Entrepreneur of the Year Award! (Richmond Chamber of Commerce)
“Being recognized by your peers in the industry is one thing, but being recognized by people from outside the company as “Best company to work for” and “Best Entrepreneur of the Year” confirms my belief in the company and the people.”
-Thomas Chin

Entrepreneur of the Year was recognition from the people that Mr. Chin and Organika®‘s efforts were creating positive change among various cultures in terms of health. This distinction and the idea of rising above even larger companies gave Tom motivation to expand on research and development, the quality and size of Organika®‘s facilities, and efforts to create new and innovative products (like Full Spectrum Plant Enzymes, Riz-strol, Herbal Colon Cleanser, Para-free) .

1998
Expand and Move
Organika® moved to it’s own building at Hammersmith Way! Today, Hammersmith serves as one of our manufacturing facilities.
2000
Organika® hits the 10 year mark!
  • Organika® keeps moving forward by moving manufacturing to it’s own building on Horseshoe Way, Richmond.
  • Organika®‘s label and logo undergo a redesign.
  • Finalist in Richmond’s Leadership Business award for the Business Leader category.
  • Organika® was the first Nutraceutical company in Canada to receive the ISO9001 certification.
2004
Health Canada requires site license manufacturing facilities.
  • Organika® is one of the first companies to receive a Health Canada certified site license approval.
  • Organika® becomes a leader in Natural Product numbers (NPN’s) acquired in Canada.
2006
Expansion
Acquired Verdun Place, Richmond for a number of office departments as well as a Shipping/Receiving warehouses.
2007
Organika® starts its own chemical and biological laboratories.
Organika® opened up laboratory facilities at Hammersmith to execute clinical research that leads to developing premium formulas.
2010
20th YEAR ANNIVERSARY
  • Celebrated a milestone anniversary
2012
Organika® Won Richmond’s Leadership Business Excellence award.
  • Again, to honour the entrepreneurs and organizations that help to make our city the growing economy and community that it is today.
  • Won CHFA East “Best Large Booth” award
  • Organika® expands from coconut oil to launch the start of the Coconut Products line
  • April 2012 = Kathy Smart becomes Organika’s Spokesperson
  • December 2012 = Organika® launched 8 supplements in USA
  • Organika® reaches 450 products and 23 export countries
  • Facilities get Organic Certification
2013
Award winning year.
  • April 2013 = Coconut Sauce and Coconut Nectar were launched
  • May 2013 = Organika® reached 500 NPN approved products.
  • July 2013 = Co Q10 Lip balm gets a redesign
  • August 2013 = Maca launched
2014
On the Crest of a Tidal
  • State of the art, expanded R&D facility in Richmond.
  • May 2014 = Quinoa Powder launched
  • July 2014 = CoQ10 Sun Lotion rebranded
  • September 2014 = Estro-G® launched
2015
Organika® Turns 25!
  • With over 545+ registered NPN’s for complex and holistic formulas and certified organic foods in the industry.
  • After 25 years, Organika® has expanded to four locations, over 110 employees, and exports to over 26 countries.
  • Organika® moves into a brand new state of the art, 50,000 manufacturing facility in Richmond BC.
  • Organika® lands in three additional export countries Ghana, Guatemala, and Panama
2016
Organika® Won Quest’s Most Valuable partner award .
  • Going into its 3rd year of partnership, Organika® continues to support Quest Food Exchange in providing health supplements and vitamins to Canadians in need, and is honoured to be awarded the Most Valuable Partner in 2016.
2017
East Expansion
  • Organika® opens 10,000 sq ft distribution centre in Scarborough, Ontario.