Food Marketing | June 3, 2018

Top Canadian Food Industry Conferences in 2018 & 2019

Have you attended any food or beverage industry conferences yet? If your answer is no, and you’re not sure where to devote your time (and money), allow us to help.

By Brad Marshall
Last Updated: Aug 2018

 

We’ve scoured the web, reviewed comments, and browsed social media posts in an effort to round-up what we think are some the best food conferences in Canada.

Our list is organized by date (soonest to farthest) for the remainder of 2018. We also include conferences, events, and trade shows for 2019 too because, welp, it’s not that far away!


UPCOMING 2018 EVENTS



CFHA East


In 2018, CHFA East’s theme is about “Connecting the Industry.” And if you want to make some new connections, this is a great place to do it. That’s because with over 1000 exhibitors and industry leaders running about, it’s easy to rub shoulders with someone who just might change your business for the better.

WHEN: September 13 & 14, 2018
WHERE: TORONTO, ON
MORE INFO:
chfa.ca/en/tradeshows/chfa-east.html



Grocery Innovations Canada

Come and visit our booth today and tomorrow at the Grocery Innovations Canada show

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Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers (CFIG) puts on Grocery Innovations Canada. Organizers bill the event as the premier and must-attend B2B grocery & specialty food show of the year. Leading grocery and specialty food suppliers, equipment, food-service, and technology providers attend and showcase their latest innovations and services.

WHEN: Oct 22-23, 2018
WHERE: TORONTO, ON
MORE INFO:
groceryinnovations.cfig.ca



Food Regulation & Quality Assurance Summit Canada

This two-day summit includes topics like labeling requirements, traceability, importing and exporting, and defining ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ — More than 60% of the attendees at this event are food manufacturers, processors, or are in the retail and distribution field.

WHEN: Oct 24-25, 2018
WHERE: TORONTO, ON
MORE INFO:
foodregulationcanada.com


2019 EVENTS



Restaurants Canada Conference

Opening night reception at #RCShow18 showcasing Ontario Cheese 🧀

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The Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association (CRFA) rebranded as Restaurants Canada, and puts on Canada’s largest foodservice trade event with over 18,000 hospitality professionals, restaurateurs & buyers under one roof. Over 1,00 exhibits and 115 presentations, demos & seminars. Become inspired while you shop, taste, learn, connect and grow your business.

WHEN: FEB 24-26, 2019
WHERE: TORONTO, ON
MORE INFO:
rcshow.com



Grocery & Specialty Food West 2019

If you live on the west coast (or can find your way here with relative ease) then Grocery Specialty Food West is a must-attend. This event is a two-day conference & Tradeshow held annually in Vancouver. Amongst the more than 2500 attendees, you’ll find representatives from supermarket chains, food manufacturers, independent grocers and more.

WHEN: April 1-2, 2019
WHERE: Vancouver, BC
MORE INFO:
gsfshow.cfig.ca



CPMA Annual Convention & Trade Show 2019

This year, the show attracted over 3700 visitors from 23 different countries. If your company believes in living healthy and eating fresh, then you might want to join some of the over 275 exhibiting businesses at this event.

WHEN: April 2-4, 2019
WHERE: Montreal, QC
MORE INFO:
www.convention.cpma.ca



SIAL Canada 2019

In 2019, the SIAL International Food Show will be in its 16th year. Visitors from over 50 countries attend this show and mingle with 1000 exhibitors. It’s a popular event for those in the retail, food service and food processing industries.

WHEN: 30 Apr-02 May 2019
WHERE: TORONTO, ON
MORE INFO:
sialcanada.com



Food Pro West 2019

If you’re producing food in BC, then you’re probably aware of BCFPA’s Food Pro West. It’s one the best places to see all the innovations and quality products coming from BC’s food processing entrepreneurs.

WHEN: Likely June, 2019
WHERE: Vancouver, BC
MORE INFO:
bcfpa.ca/foodprowest


 

Food & Beverage Ontario 2019

The food and beverage is big business in Ontario, generating over 40 billion annually. FBO’s annual conference is chance for leaders and entrepreneurs to learn about changes in their industry and meet other movers and shakers.

WHEN: TBD
WHERE: TORONTO, ON
MORE INFO:
foodandbeverageontario.ca



National Sales & Marketing Symposium – Future Forward: Revolution of an Industry

FCPC (Food & Consumer Products of Canada) is Canada’s largest industry association representing food, beverage and consumer product manufacturers. Future Forward is an event they brought to Canadians in 2018. 140+ senior sales leaders, marketing leaders, and key account managers in CPG connect to share best practices, discuss and learn tactics, trends, and insights from key influencers in business & community.

WHEN: TBD
WHERE: TBD
MORE INFO:
www.fcpc.ca


 

Have you been to one of these conferences? What did you think? Did we miss an event? Information out-dated? Let us know!

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