Top 5 reasons to attend GIC 2018

Grocery trade show offers a glimpse at new innovative products and industry insights

Don’t miss the show where all of grocery gathers.
Get your business growing in Canada by attending the premier national grocery exhibition and conference that features local and regional suppliers, alongside global and international companies. If you're a company launching a new product/service, trying to get on grocers' shelves, this is the show where you can find wholesalers, retailers, distributors, and more. There are import/export opportunities and key programs to help your business. From Retailer Connect, the program that allows manufacturers to meet face-to-face with key buyers; or the New Product Showcase program where suppliers can display their goods front and centre at the entrance to the trade show, there are ample ways to get in front of retailers at Grocery Innovations Canada.

Grow Your Connections. Grow Your Business. From specialty grocers, to independents to majors chains and warehouse operators, food retailers from across Canada gather annually at the two-day event to grow their business. There are numerous opportunities to network, collaborate and grow. New this year is the first day of the conference that is open to anyone with a trade show ticket. Starting at 9:00 am on Tuesday, October 23 on the Farm Credit Canada main stage in the entrance to the exhibition, all can come hear the keynote address from Google Canada's Natalie Green. As well, your ticket opens the opportunities to meet key connections at the Merchandising Excellence Awards taking place after the trade show ends. Come mix and mingle with thought leaders and the main category contacts from across Canada. The Tuesday event will celebrate manufacturers in the grocery industry with the winners in the Top 10 in Grocery and Best Booth award winners announced, as well as the winners in the Master Merchandising in-store display program. What's included in your ticket price? Check it out here.

Education and Learning Opportunities. Bring your full team as there are sessions on topics from cannabis to food labelling. Both Tuesday and Wednesday mornings will start with a full program of conference and workshops where both retailers and manufacturers can hear from thought leaders on trends and best practices. In the afternoon, the trade show and events provide another opportunity to collaborate with partners. There are education session on the Interac Insights & Innovations Stage each day, with ranging topics from e-commerce to meal kits and more. For full delegate ticket holders, there's also a bonus tour of the Ontario Food Terminal on Tuesday morning (requires pre-registration). Check out the full schedule here.

Show Specials/Discounts Abound. For show attendees, participating exhibitor companies will be offer exclusive show specials/discounts. See full list here.
With hundreds of local and regional suppliers, alongside global and international companies, set across over 110,000-sq.-ft. of trade show space, you will find your needs in key grocery & specialty categories from front end to back end including equipment, technology, food services, garden, financial and insurance.

Innovative Products and Services. The main pavilions on the trade floor this year are: Pan-Asian, Small Business Exchange sponsored by Canadian Grocer, First Timers, and Choose Ontario. If you're looking for home-grown Canadian goods/services, Choose Ontario and the First Timers' pavilions are the must-sees. For SMEs looking to get into retail, the Small Business Exchange sponsored by Canadian Grocer is the place to be. Import/export, wholesaling and distribution.


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