Grocery Innovations Canada delivers fresh ideas to $73.3 billion grocery industry Oct. 29 & 30 in Toronto

    Convenience rules grocery shelves

    TORONTO, Oct. 26 /CNW/ - There's plenty of food for thought at the 8th
annual Grocery Innovations Canada open Monday, October 29th and Tuesday,
October 30th presented by the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers. The
country's premier grocery trade show and conference offers insights into the
changing consumer and the groceries they'll be buying, as well the $73.3
billion retail sales industry that feeds them.
    More than 6,000 independent grocery retailers, national distributors and
industry executives are congregating on the Toronto Congress Centre to see and
sample thousands of new products, track trends and determine what deserves
shelf space.
    Convenience products rule the aisles with more choices, more flavours,
and healthy, ingredients. Ready to serve, frozen and grab and go formats are
being seen in more foods and beverages that deliver healthful benefits as food
processors respond to a health conscious and aging population.
    CFIG is launching Destination Canada and Access Ontario - a new grocery
retail strategy that's sure to pay dividends for independent grocers and small
local food processors. In support of the Buy Local/ Eat Local trend, delegates
can connect with quality, local area food producers and processors from across
the country. As well, the Government of Ontario's Pick Ontario Freshness
display hosts a variety of fresh, Ontario grown produce and local food
    At the 3rd annual Best Canadian Bagger Contest store employees from
coast-to-coast compete to see who is the best bagger in the land, and go on to
represent Canada at the International Best Bagger Finals in Las Vegas.
    GIC's Conference program hosts some of the best minds in the grocery
business. Monday's Breakfast includes remarks from Tim Penner, President,
Procter & Gamble and Bill McEwen, President, Sobeys. Later, the country's most
successful independent grocers, Frank Coleman of Coleman's Food Centre in
Newfoundland, Anthony Longo of Longo Bros. Fruit Markets in Toronto; and
Milford Sorenson of Thrify Foods, British Columbia offer insights into the
strategies that have enabled them to grow their grocery business into
multi-store empires. There will also be a luncheon in honour of significant
industry achievers, including entrepreneur Jim Pattison, who is being
presented with the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers' Spirit of the
Independent Award.
    On Tuesday, John F.T. Scott, President, Canadian Federation of
Independent Grocers hosts a panel discussion with top independent retailers:
Charlie Coppa of Highland Farms, Eric Bouchard from Sherbrook IGA, John
Radostits from Radco Group and Will Willemsen from Sunrype Farms.
    GIC 2007 concludes with the announcement of the prestigious Canadian
Independent Grocer of the Year Awards during the 45th Annual Grocery
Distributors Dinner. The Hon. Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and
Agri-Food will be making a statement and presenting major awards.
    Grocery Innovations Canada 2007 is presented by the Canadian Federation
of Independent Grocers, a not-for-profit association representing 3,800
independent and franchised grocers across Canada.
    Grocery Innovations Canada 2007 is open Monday, Oct. 29th and Tuesday,
Oct. 30th at the Toronto Congress Centre, 650 Dixon Road, Toronto. Trade show
hours: 11:00 am to 5:00 pm daily. Trade show registration is $45 on site.
Trade Only. For details

For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Linda Crane, Crane
Communications, T. (905) 257-6033, C. (416)-727-0112,; or
Shelley D'Amico, Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers, T. (416) 492-2311
x 222, C. (416) 302-3605,; GIC Media Centre: (416) 249-8302
(October 29 & 30)

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