Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers

Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers

September 17, 2013 08:00 ET

Canadian Grocers Are Off to Do Groceries at Grocery Innovations Canada

Country's leading grocery trade show and conference is a 'go', September 30 and October 1

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Sept. 17, 2013) - Canada's independent grocers, a group that represents more than 40 per cent of the total grocery industry 'pie', are getting ready to do some grocery shopping of their own. Grocery Innovations Canada 2013 (GIC), the single largest annual trade show for the grocery trade, returns to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre September 30 and October 1 to highlight new products and industry trends for the coming year.

The event, organized by the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers (CFIG) and known as the grocery store for the grocery industry, will welcome more than 5,000 independent, franchised and specialty grocers to the downtown Toronto core and feature over 500 product exhibitors on its 100,000 square foot trade show floor. With a 25 per cent increase in first time exhibitors over last year, the two-day conference and trade show will feature more new products and companies than ever before.

"Grocers are the backbone of our communities, especially those who are accessible, locally minded and hands on," said Tom Barlow, president and CEO of the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers. "That's what the industry is all about and it's also our value proposition to Canadians. The show will feature a number of great innovations and new products and I look forward to exploring them with our members and anyone who works in some way with our industry."

The tradeshow floor at GIC is divided into specialized pavilions that include a Sustain Lane, First Time Exhibitors Pavilion and a Choose Ontario retailer forum. The Sustain Lane is new for 2013 and will showcase the latest and greatest in cost effective, eco-friendly grocery technology. The First Time Exhibitors Pavilion is a staple of the trade show providing companies new to the retail market the chance to pitch their product to grocery buyers. The Choose Ontario Pavilion returns for its second year to highlight local food and beverage processors.

The conference portion of the event, scheduled in the morning, takes a look at the future of online grocery retailing and will feature a super-panel made up from some of North America's leading minds on e-commerce. The panel of industry experts will be made up of Marc Poulin, President and CEO, Sobeys Inc; Tom Furphy, CEO of Consumer Equity Partners and former Vice President of Amazon Fresh; Peter Larkin, President and CEO of the National Grocers Association; and Stephen Tallevi, Co-founder and General Manager of Grocery Gateway.

"The conference component is as rich and educational as the trade show floor," said Barlow. "It's become one of the favourite aspects of the show because leading experts share their insights on specific trends and innovations, and stimulate dialogue. The sessions offer valuable information and advice regardless of one's role in the grocery trade."

For more information on Grocery Innovations Canada or to register for the event, visit

The Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers (CFIG) is a non-profit trade association founded in 1962, which continues to be a collaborative community, equipping and enabling independent, franchised and specialty grocers for sustainable success. Representing over 4000 grocery retailers from every part of Canada, CFIG is a strong and united voice for independent grocers, providing programs for operational excellence, facilitating educational and training programs and fostering enabling-relationships among retailers and suppliers. CFIG is a respected organization that speaks confidently for its retail members to industry, government, and the consumer.

Contact Information

  • Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers
    Dan Leggieri
    (416) 492-2311 ext. 231 / cell (647) 828-4967

    Torchia Communications
    Kathleen Stelmach
    416) 341-9929 ext. 227