TORONTO, Sept. 25, 2012 /CNW/ - This year, the Canadian Federation of
Independent Grocers is celebrating its 50th anniversary. To mark the occasion, the organization is 'coming home' by
holding its annual trade show, Grocery Innovations Canada, at the Metro
Toronto Convention Centre on October 1 and 2, 2012.
Grocery Innovations Canada (GIC) brings together grocery industry
players including independent, franchise and corporate retailers,
manufacturers, brokers, wholesalers, distributor and representatives
from various government agencies/departments. Attracting more than
5,000 attendees, the event is expected to benefit the local economy
with over $6 million in visitor spending.
"Grocery Innovations Canada started out at the Metro Toronto Convention
Centre and we are thrilled to be coming home," said John Scott,
President & CEO of the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers. "The
Convention Centre offers so many unique features, from an exhibit floor
filled with natural light, to the John Basset Theatre, which allows us
to offer great presentations and fantastic awards without leaving the
venue - not to mention the convenience of a contiguous hotel and
incredibly professional staff."
The theme of this year's event is The Future of Grocery Retailing Starts Here. The trade show will offer a number of new features including an
'Ontario Enclave' pavilion to promote local businesses and buying
local. As the largest grocery event in Canada, GIC is hosting a number
of prominent speakers, such as Vicente Trius, President of Loblaw
Companies Limited, Perry Caicco, Managing Director, CIBC World Markets
and Robert Deluce, President & CEO of Porter Airlines.
"GIC belongs here and we are so happy to welcome this celebration of
entrepreneurship home. The fact that the trade show will feature a
promotion of local buying is very timely in a year that our facility
has moved to sourcing 50 percent of our food locally," said Barry
Smith, President & CEO of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. "From
the size of the event, to the many unique features of the program and
trade show, our facility is the right one to make Grocery Innovations
Canada a great success in this very special year."
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.
About the Metro Toronto Convention Centre
The Metro Toronto Convention Centre is Canada's #1 convention and trade
show facility. Over the past 27 years, the Centre has hosted
approximately 15,000 events, entertained over 40 million guests and has
added $4.7 billion in direct spending economic impact to the community.
For further information, please visit www.mtccc.com.
SOURCE: Metro Toronto Convention Centre
For further information:
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers
(416) 492-2311 x231