• Fruitful Yield


    Natural Products

    About Us

    While we’ve been around for over fifty years, our roots go back nearly a century! Our story began during World War I, when the U.S. Government commissioned Dr. Charles E. Fearn to develop soy products as an alternative protein source for our troops. Dr. Fearn’s postwar ventures included starting the manufacturing company Fearn Soya Foods; however, soy products did not fare well on the fledgling health food market. After Dr. Fearn’s passing in 1949, Paul Richard, a friend and trained pharmacist, purchased the struggling company at auction.
    Health House
    In the 1950s, Paul developed one of the first powdered protein supplements to hit the market: chocolate soy flour. Protein supplementation was a revolutionary concept at the time, but new research showed promising results for muscle development. Business gradually grew until Paul’s passing in 1960, when his three sons inherited the business. As the eldest son and new manager of Fearn Soya, Elwood Richard wanted to learn more about the retail side of the natural products industry, opening his first “Health House” store in 1962 in Elmhurst, Illinois. Within the first decade, business had grown enough to add four more stores to the retail chain, which was renamed to Fruitful Yield in 1971.
    Founding NOW
    Retail experience and a highly competitive market soon revealed a need for products that were both natural and affordable. Drawing upon his degree in physical chemistry and his manufacturing experience at Fearn Soya, Elwood founded the NOW® brand of foods and supplements.


    Rep/Contact Info

    Mr. Mike VanDusseldorp
    Store Manager
    • Phone: (847) 888-0100


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