Food Marketing | January 2, 2020

Top Canadian Food Industry Conferences in 2020

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

It’s a new year! And there are Food conferences to attend! 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.



Restaurants Canada Conference

Save the date. The Restaurants Canada show is back March 1-3, 2020 at the Enercare Centre in Toronto. It 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: MARCH 1-3, 2020



Food Safety Summit 2020

The 16th Annual Food Safety Canada Summit takes place this year between April 1-2, 2020. 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: Apr 1-2, 2020


SIAL Canada 2020

In 2020, the SIAL International Food Show will be in its 17th year. It’s North America’s biggest Food Innovation tradeshow. Visitors from over 50 countries attend this show and mingle with over a 1000 exhibitors. It’s a popular event for those in the retail, food service and food processing industries.

WHEN: Apr 15-17, 2020
WHERE: Montreal


Grocery & Specialty Food West 2020

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 27-28, 2020
WHERE: Vancouver, BC


CPMA Annual Convention & Trade Show 2020

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: May 12-14, 2020
WHERE: Montreal, QC


Food Pro West 2020

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:  May 28th, 2020
WHERE: Vancouver, BC


Food & Beverage Ontario 2020

The food and beverage is big business in Ontario, generating over 40 billion annually. FBO’s 6th annual conference is chance for leaders and entrepreneurs to learn about changes in their industry and meet other movers and shakers.

WHEN: Yet to be announced (We predict May or June, 2020)

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. Bonus points – they have a nice website!

WHEN: Tuesday 27th & Wednesday 28th, October 2020


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.


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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