Toronto, May 9,
2019 - The 16th edition of the International Food
Show (SIAL Canada) and the Equipment and Technology Sector (SET Canada), which
took place from April 30 to May 2 at the Enercare Center in Toronto, has just
closed its doors on a real success! During the three days of the show, the
major players in the agri-food industry set a record for attendance in Toronto,
with growth of almost 10% compared to 2017. With nearly 80 conferences and
activities, SIAL Canada, the only "One Stop Shop" in the industry, is
once again a must-attend event for the agri-food sector.
Innovation, local and
international, the key words of SIAL Canada!
With 1130 exhibitors and brands from more than 50 countries
spread over 280,000 square
feet and some 25,106
professional visitors from over 60 countries, this edition of SIAL Canada
and SET Canada topped records again both in terms of suppliers
and visitors. According to Xavier Poncin,
SIAL Canada’s Executive
Director, the 2019 edition
proves the importance of such an alternating event in Canada's two largest
provinces. Never before has local representation, co-mingled with exceptional
international entrants, offered such numerous innovations. "Not only have we seen international business
growth driven by Canada's international momentum, and the signing of multiple
international agreements, but a
significant achievement, Ontario businesses have proven- through a 20 per
cent growth in participation, 20% (record
this year) versus 2017, and their record involvement in the SIAL Innovation Contest (more participants- that SIAL
Canada is the best platform to grow their business in Canada and
internationally. We are definitely anchored in the Canadian landscape
"coast to coast"! "
Italy in the spotlight!
Italy was the country of honor, all for the pleasure of
our taste buds! The Dolce Vita was enjoyed around the aisles but so much more! Indeed,
the official inauguration of the show was held under the colors of the Italian
flag honoring national and international dignitaries during
their various speeches.
Among them were Mr. Ernie
Hardeman, OMAFRA’s Minister, Mr. André Lamontagne, Mapaq’s
Minister, Mr. Claudio Taffuri, Ambassador of Italy in Canada, Mr. Jean-Claude
Poissant, Parliamentary Secretary in lieu of Federal Minister of Agriculture
Marie-Claude Bibeau, Michael Thomspon, Deputy Mayor of the City of Toronto. Mr.
André Coutu, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Agri-Food Export
Group, Mr. Nicolas Trentesaux, SIAL Network Director and Mr. Xavier Poncin,
SIAL Canada’s Executive Director.It should be noted that for the first time at
SIAL Canada, the 3 levels of government were represented at the same time:
federal, provincial and municipal.
The 3 major
competitions that launched the show.
SIAL Innovation: On the first day of the show, the three big winners of the
prestigious SIAL Innovation contest were unveiled in front of visitors and journalists! 117 entries
were submitted to
participate in this 12th edition
of the contest. For the first time this year, the Hopeful prize, dedicated to food start-ups, was added to the three traditional Gold, Silver
and Bronze awards.
Congratulations to UNBUN KETO
FOODS for its product VEGAN KETO
BUNS, which won the 2019 SIAL Innovation Gold Grand Prize! Why this product? Unbun
is truly unique.
It is appropriate for consumers
who seek products that are paleo, grain-free, starch-free, vegan, keto and gluten-free
but it also taste great to consumers accustomed to eating conventional bread.
Congratulations to Yummy Doh for
its product RAW COOKIE DOUGH, which
won the 2019 SIAL Innovation Silver Grand Prize! Why this product? Two treats in one! Yummy doh is a vegan cookie
dough product that is safe to eat raw and that can also be baked into crispy
Congratulation to Lofbergs
Canada Inc for its product ICE,
which won the 2019 SIAL Innovation Bronze Grand Prize! Why this product? Creating an oatbased creamy, smooth textured
coffee drink is a big technical accomplishment but putting that drink into a
sexy, cylinder-shaped cardboard package makes this product doubly noteworthy!
PARTAKE BREWING for its product PARTAKE PALE ALE – CRAFT NON-ALCOHOLIC BEER,
which won the 2019 SIAL Innovation
Hopeful Grand Prize! Why this product? Using
a proprietary process, Partake creates a craft brewery quality ultra-low
calorie, non-alcoholic ale that appeals to people on specialty diets who still
want to enjoy great tasting beer.
Find the full SIAL Innovation press release here
The first International
Cheese Competition by SIAL. This cheese contest was
the first of its kind on site as well as for Canada! The jury chaired by Gurth
Pretty and made up of professionals from the cheese industry evaluated 230 cheeses from 9 countries across 23 categories. Following the jury's deliberation, the 23 medals (1 per category), the Best
English Cheese, Best Italian Cheese,
Dairy Farmers of Canada, Best New Cheese and Best Winner awards
were revealed on the Cheese Area by SIAL. Congratulations to the cheese
honored Grand Champion Cheese: Alfred
the Grand Cru farmer, a Quebec cheese from La Fromagerie La Station! (also named Best Firm Dough Cheese and Best
Dairy Product of Canada!)
Find the full Press Release International Cheese Contest by Sial
Olive d'Or: For the 13th edition of the
largest international competition for extra virgin olive oil in Canada, the
jury, chaired by Christine Cheylan, expert in olive oils, was composed of 7
members all with experience undisputed. As a result of the jury's deliberation,
the 12 best extra-virgin olive oils
submitted by producers from around the world were selected to be crowned
with gold, silver and bronze
in their respective categories. New this
year, a special Italy prize was awarded to highlight the
country's presence at SIAL Canada 2019.
Find the full Olive d'Or press release here
The Cuisine by SIAL, a lively
space which, every day, hosted new activities!
the first day, on the occasion of The Canadian Plate Challenge, SIAL
Canada partnered with Arrell Food Institute
/ University of Guelph in an exceptional cooking sustainability
competition. He challenged 4 award-winning Canadian chefs to create a 100%
local meal while contributing to the respect of the planet and the health of
its guests. Among them were: Andrea Carlson of Burdock and Co. in Vancouver,
British Columbia; Laura Maxwell of Sélect Bistro in Toronto, Ontario; Josh
Crowe of Monkland Taverne in Montreal, Quebec; and Pierre Richard of the Little
Louis' Oyster Bar in Moncton, New Brunswick.
For the second day, the new Food Startup sector was in the spotlight
at the Pitch Competition! They had only three minutes to seduce a jury of experts, an exciting subject
in an innovative format! Organized
in collaboration with the City of Toronto and CFWI IC Niagara
College, the competition honored 4 major winners. Named first: Honey Vinegar of
Dare2Dream who received a booth for the next edition of SIAL Canada in Montreal
On the final day,
SIAL Canada partnered with Taste Canada to bring together a cookbook event to
unveil a groundbreaking event: Inspired to Taste Canada: Celebrated Cookbook Authors Present
Local Recipes. The latest
culinary trends were illustrated through
cookbook authors' demonstrations. The various authors
autographed their book to interested visitors on site!
Inspire Drink, a reflection
of a new innovative sector!
On the Inspire
Drink space and during the 3 days of
the show, there were 2 major themes:
infused drinks and alcoholic
beverages (or not!). In the morning, Gail Gastelu, SIAL Canada expert in brewed
beverages, shared her passion for tea, coffee and marriages of fascinating
products. In the afternoon, Emmanuel Perrier introduced us into the world of
cocktail and mocktail (non-alcoholic cocktail), unforgettable experiences
between cutting ice and almost instantaneous gel of any liquid, the attention
was at its height. At the end of the day, the Aperitivo gave everyone an appointment for a tasting on an Italian note.
content to discover during conferences.
Each of the 50 conferences presented to the visitors were given by
real experts of their category, which ensured the great diversity of content
was both informative and useful. Among the key topics we find of course
innovation in the context
topics related to Food Tech and highlighting many market trends. And don’t
forget the different sessions dedicated to food Start up, which offered
participants advice on the launch of their business: a great success!
Central Experts Hub - Thanks to our experts!
Again this year, SIAL Canada was proud to welcome 14 experts from 12 sectors
. Their wise
advice and professional recommendations were available at Central Experts Hub.
In this space and during the three days of the show, it was not only possible
to attend many discussion panels, but also to make an appointment with each of
the experts. Thank you to all of them for actively participating in the success
of this 16th edition! To find the full list of experts: https://sialcanada.com/en/experts/
The buyers program, always a
The buyers program
is once again showing spectacular figures! In fact, 716 meetings were held during the 3 days of the
. This space brought together
87 buyers from 14 different countries
and 356 exhibitors from 39 countries
. 2 thirds of exhibitors
believe that their meeting will lead to a sale and 100% of buyers have
expressed their wish to return to the program next year. The program included
the largest distributors in the United States, Mexico and China, such as Bozzuto's, Atalanta,
Sigma Foodservice and Angliss Shenzhen,
as well as major retailers in Canada, including Coleman's and Simply for Life.
Many thanks to our official partners: OMAFRA, MAPAQ, Agriculture Canada and EDC.
The success of the 4th
edition of the SoSial program!
SIAL Canada is proud to continue its commitment with Daily Bred Food
Bank. This program aims to help reduce food waste by distributing food surpluses at the show. This year 2660 pounds of food were donated
to the association. SIAL
Canada also gave the Central Expert Hub a check for $ 12,000.
SIAL Canada is also a celebration, that’s why on the evening of the
second day an ethnic networking evening was offered to exhibitors. It was in
this festive spirit that the national and international exhibitors,
international buyers and partners of the show have gathered. A colorful event
sponsored by Candesa foods, during which David Bazzali, Italian tenor, charmed
the guests along with the Bollywood dancers and belly dancer. A rich and
The 17th edition of SIAL Canada in Montreal, at the Palais des Congrès
Mark your calendar: April 15 to 17,