Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers

Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers

January 31, 2005 11:03 ET

FOOD FOR THOUGHT - How the West was Won at Grocery Showcase West

The Best of the West showcases the newest products and trends for grocers at the Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre, March 6th & 7th Attention: Business/Financial Editor, City Editor, Food/Beverage Editor, News Editor TORONTO, ON--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 31, 2005) - TORONTO: January 31, 2005 . . . Grocery Showcase West is back in Vancouver for our 16th Annual Spring Trade Show and Conference for Western Canada. After a very successful sell out show last year, with two full days of 3,000 grocers and industry leaders representing Canada's $64 billion grocery industry converging in Calgary, we are looking forward to another successful event showcasing the best the west has to offer.

Presented by the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers (CFIG), who represents the single largest retail opportunity in the retail grocery industry, Grocery Showcase West offers a blockbuster line-up of educational forums and grocery product exhibits. Comprised of more than 330 exhibits representing products from national brand manufacturers, leading grocery distributors and independent food processors, the 16th Annual Grocery Showcase West is the best place for western grocers to source new grocery items and monitor retail trends.
Delegates will be the first to see, sample and buy new product introductions, and hear about the latest business and retail developments.

The two-day conference program offers presentations on leadership and entrepreneurship. To kick off the conference, our Sunday breakfast speaker, Bob Robertson-one of Canada's leading political and social satirists-will have you rolling in the aisles with his topical and outrageous humour. Another morning session highlight has noted speaker Dr. Nick Bontis, recognized the world over as the leading management guru in the area of knowledge management and organizational learning, lead a high-energy session that is a must for anyone interested in your number one asset - your people. Harold Lloyd, of H. Lloyd Associates, will count down the ten key qualifiers needed to survive a supercentre's onslaught. Monday has our very own John F. T. Scott, president of the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers reporting on the status of the industry and government matters. Crazy Canuk, Steve Podborski, former World Cup Downhill Skiing Champion & Olympic Medalist, will speak on his exciting downhill career filled with stories of athletic achievement and spectacular crashes on his road to winning a record number of World Cup races. There will also be informative breakout sessions on the new bank notes incorporating a discussion on how retailers can establish their own counterfeit detection training program. Another session, which is dedicated to protecting your store from internal and external theft, will be presented by Sears Canada Resource Protection Team.

The exposition offers an expansive assortment of products ranging from everyday grocery items such as frozen foods, snacks, beverages to this year's special focus on ethnic and international flavours (relevant to any grocer who would like to grow their specialty food category). Grocers will also be able to shop and compare store essentials ranging from food handling equipment to retail technology and services. The trade show floor is open Sunday & Monday from 12 noon to 5:00 pm.

Feature areas have been added to provide grocers with insights into exciting new food and merchandising trends. Special features include the Healthy Living Cooking Stage where live cooking demos will be accompanied by leading food experts from Campbell Company of Canada speaking on food trends and healthy living.

Grocery Showcase West is a casual and fun opportunity to build business relationships and get a leg up on the competition. Social activities planned are an Opening Night Reception at Steamworks Brewery Company on Saturday night and Sunday evening's entertainment is a live performance by the hot new East Coast singing sensation, Shaye. Throughout the tradeshow, there are opportunities to win valuable prizes from a $2,500 Birks jewellery certificate to a Sony 37'' Plasma Wega TV.

Grocery Showcase West is produced by the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers, a non-profit trade association, founded in 1962, with the purpose of furthering the unique interests of Canada's independent or franchised grocery stores.

Grocery Showcase West runs Sunday, March 6th and Monday, March 7th, 2005 at the Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre with morning sessions and Sunday Night Dinner and Concert taking place at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel. Trade Show hours are 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm. daily. Open to trade only. Exposition only: $25 or $30 at the door. Registration fees prior to February 19, 2005: Full delegate: (includes morning conference and evening events) $390 (member) and $445 (non member). Prices go up after February 19 deadline - see website for details.

For detailed event and registration information, visit or contact: Grocery Showcase West, 2235 Sheppard Avenue East, Suite 902, Toronto, Ontario M2J 5B5. Telephone (416) 492-2311. Toll free: 1-800-661-2344 Fax: (416) 492-2347. E-mail:

Food for Thought Story Ideas
• 2nd Annual Student Day - Is the Food Industry for You? New and exciting careers in consumer packaged goods, or the food industry as a whole. High school students come to hear the best and brightest talk food.
• Women in the Grocery Industry. Is it a man's world or a woman's universe.
• Where is the Canadian Grocery Industry headed? Feast or famine?
• What are the next healthy food trends? Is Lo-carb out and fibre on its way in? Be on the cutting edge of new product development that will appear on store shelves?
• You are What You Eat - - Is Organic here to stay or a clever marketing trend?

For further information or media enquiries contact
Karen Jury, Director of Communications
Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers
Tel.: (416) 492-2311 ext.: 222
Fax: (416) 492-2347

Contact Information

  • Karen Jury, Director of Communications, Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers
    Primary Phone: 416-492-2311 ext. 222