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April, 2017

In This Issue

  • Welcome New Members
  • Get your GALA tickets - half gone!
  • FoodProWest - Book your Processor booth today. 
  • Buyers Tour - Showcase your company to Intl buyers!
  • Join the Wage Survey - now open!
  • Peer Group Update 
  • Product of the Year 2017 PICS
  • 2017 Advertising and Sponsorship Menu
  • MarketMore Bootcamp and other industry Events
  • Canadian Food Innovators Planning Session
  • Got 100sf of space? BCFPA would love to use it! 

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New Members - 55 New Members this year! 

Thank you for joining the BCFPA and Welcome!

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Associate Members:

Exclusive Immigration
ANH Food Consulting
George Wertman Ltd.
SYSPRO Software 
TD Bank

FoodProWest Gala Tickets - Half GONE!
Find out who wins the BCFPA Awards 

Buy Gala Tickets Now!

Celebrate FoodProWest’s 10th Anniversary! 

International Buyers Day & Trade Show
Thursday, June 8, 2017
Westin Bayshore Vancouver 
9am- 3pm
Gala Awards Dinner to follow

FoodProWest Buyer's Day Trade Show


Processors!  Exhibit at our Buyers Day Trade Show - take your products to the next level - Meet 90 retails buyers in one day!

FoodProWest is the key industry event for all BC food, beverage, and natural health products processors; a place to congregate, network and connect with buyers, retailers, customers, and key industry players. The BCFPA has partnered with the BC government to bring in buyers from around the world to see the great products BC has to offer and make deals to export.
FoodProWest 2017 will feature more US buyers than ever, dozens of local buyers as well as key Pacific Rim markets of China, Korea and Japan!
 

 

Book Your Booth Today!
Meet 90 Buyers at FoodProWest -- here's more reasons to get your booth today!

Grow your Export Market!  
This is why you should be at FoodProWest 2017!


BC’s agrifood and seafood sectors set export record

Agrifood and seafood companies in BC set a new record for exports in 2016, which reached a high of $3.8 billion   (more)

Buyer Tours
Would you like to showcase your facility
to dozens of international buyers?
 


As part of our International Buyers Day, BCFPA is once again working with the Ministry of International Trade in coordinating a Buyer Tour – it’s a great opportunity to profile your BC food company.  On June 7, we’ll be touring approximately 5-6 companies with 35-40 Buyers from around the world.  If you’re interested in being one of the destinations for this tour, please contact Kelly@bcfpa.ca

FoodProWest 2017 Associate Booths are SOLD OUT! Thanks for your support!

Are your wages and benefits competitive? 

Join the BCFPA Wage Survey

  • Particpate and get the most current, reliable and detailed insight on salaries, incentives and demographics within BC’s food industry
  • Determine compensation levels for all staff.
  • Get the results for only $200! (to April 30)  Save $800 by participating.  (Non participants must buy results at $1,000).

 June 15 - August 15 - Survey completion.  Results are published in October.  Registration for participation must be completed by June 15, 2017.

Register for the Wage Survey HERE :)

Peer Group News

  • Welcome Jessica Duncan of Singing Bowl Granola as the new Vancouver Island Peer Group co-chair! We're Happy to have you! Check out her story!
  • And thanks to the 55 people who came out for the Sales and Marketing Peer Group meeting to get FoodProWest Tradeshow ready with In Suits Marketing at the Great Little Box Company! 
  • Jozef's Finance Group held it's Business Planning session on March 9th. 
  • Thank you to BDC for hosting the Operations ERP Discovery Fair on March 31.  25 companies learned how to find the right ERP fit for them!
  • Did you miss the HR Peer Group meeting on March 29th?  Lorie Corcuera of Start Your Spark,  helped 30 companies Create a Meaningful Corporate Culture. If you missed, it here's a freebie link to the presentation!  
  • We don't give freebies every day... but it you want more JOIN the BCFPA today and take part in these groups! 

Product of the Year Judging Day 2017! 

Thank you to the 35 companies who were nominated for the Product of the Year. We enjoyed hosting you on March 16th at BCIT to pitch your fabulous products and vie for the Gold, Silver and Bronze 2017 Product of the Year Award.   Who will the winners be? Come to the Gala on June 8th to find out! (PS - those are Carmine's lucky purple socks from Rhema, and who doesn't love a man who washes his own dishes!  Thanks Chef Justin @theWoodenBoat)
 
Buy Gala Tickets Now!


Support Student Foodie Entrepreneurs!  

Take the market research survey when
Felix calls you! 

Felix Luna,  a BCFPA Student member from the Institute of Technology Development of Canada (ITD Canada), has launch his project company RICHFRUITS; distributing exotic and tropical super-fruits pouches ready to use in juices, smoothies, desserts, savory dishes and much more. He's conducting a Market Research survey between April 6-10th among our members. Thank you in advance for supporting our students!  

Associates:  Get Noticed!

2017 Advertising and Sponsorship Menu

We have introduced our 2017 menu of options for advertising and sponsorship.  We made it really easy, select from the a la carte menu, one or two options, or bundle all your 2017 ads and sponsorships into one package we can custom design for your needs.  Contact james@bcfpa.ca for more information  Click to download the PDF Document.  We look forward to working with you to promote your business!
 
If you have a new food, beverage or natural health product that you want to sell to Thrifty Foods, then the MARKETMore™ Bootcamp featuring Thrifty’s is going to make your job a whole lot easier. 

The MARKETMore™ Bootcamp includes:

· Industry specific training in face-to-face and interactive online settings.
· Six distinct modules covering topics key to your success.
· Live webinars where you get to hear from experts and ask questions.
· 24/7 access to resources and materials.
· Ongoing support to help keep you on track throughout the program.
 
At the end of this program, you will present your product to Thrifty Foods. Starts this month.
 
REGISTER for the Bootcamp

Is Innovation your thing?  

Canadian Food Innovators Planning Session - May 17, 2017 Vancouver- Save the Date


Canadian Food Innovators (CFI) is developing a prioritized plan for food processing research and innovation in Canada at the company level. CFI, in conjunction with the members of the Canadian Council of Food Processors, is undertaking consultations with industry this spring to verify the research priorities of Canada’s food processing sector. The final document will be completed by summer 2017 and is expected to be used to issue a call for proposals in the fall for projects for the national food processing R&D/innovation cluster.
April 23 and 24 - Bakery Congress 2017 at Vancouver Convention Centre
Not yet a Member of the BCFPA??  We are growing fast!  Our job is to help food companies GROW their business.  Join today and be part of the foodie family!  ADVOCATE, CONNECT,  INFORM, EDUCATE.
JOIN the BCFPA Today



Now, you relax while we get ready for FoodProWest 2017
Have a
GREAT Month!

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