Following market trends “this year we expect more exhibitors and buyers of organic and other specialty and certified foods such as gluten-free, Halal and Kosher”, says Julie Lesongeur from the show press office. The Canadian Organic Trade Association COTA will be present with two experts available to help participants better understand and do business with organic products”. The two experts are Marie-Ève Levert,COTA’s Strategy and Regulatory Affairs Manager, who is also in charge of foreign market access programs and Kelly Ann Monaghan, organic consultant, inspector, trainer and a COTA board member.
“As the largest food tradeshow in Canada, SIAL Canada offers visitors an unequalled selection of International, Canadian and Quebec products. In addition, as the largest tradeshow in the Great Lakes region, SIAL Canada has significant influence across the American northeast,” SIAL Canada said.
In 2014, SIAL Canada experienced record-breaking numbers in Montreal, where the fair alternates with Toronto every other year. Nearly 15,000 professional visitors from 61 countries and 786 exhibitors from 44 countries attended the show that has become a source of inspiration and innovation for the entire agri-food industry, with display of the latest consumer and product trends.
This year visitors from at least 60 countries are expected to come, meet and do business with nearly 800 exhibitors in over 230,000 sq. ft. of exhibition space.
Indonesia will be SIAL Canada’s Country of Honour. With 249 million inhabitants, Indonesia is ASEAN’s most important agricultural country and its leading economy, accounting for 38% of GDP, has a food market that has grown +57% since 2011.
Said Mr. Rachmat Gobel, Minister of Trade: “. Indonesia’s Pavilion has grown from 100 square feet in 2012 to 3,400 square feet in 2015! This year, we are looking forward to welcoming up to 25 companies at our Pavilion.”
In addition, for the first time, SIAL Canada will offer Canadian and international exhibitors a unique platform for B2B meetings. And the U.S. Hosted Buyer Program is an exclusive business tool involving buyers and importers from the United States.
SIAL Canada is also the only show that brings local know-how to the forefront through a variety of events, including the Olive d’Or competition, La Cuisine by SIAL, THE LAB for artisan pastry, and Cheese by SIAL.
By 2050 in Canada 50% of the population will be of foreign origin, and, by 2031, 56% of Toronto’s population will be of Asian origin. Toronto also offers the most number of ethnicities in North America and the world. In keeping with these changing demographics and consumers’ growing demand for ethnic and specialty products a platform like SIAL Canada offers companies a live lab to test, taste and observe consumer reaction to new product developments.