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March, 2017

In This Issue

  • FoodProWest 2017 - Have you reserved your booth?
  • BCFPA Gala Dinner - Get your Tickets!
  • BCFPA Awards Nominations Extended to March 31!
  • Welcome New Members
  • SPONSOR FoodProWest
  • NEW STAFF!  BCFPA welcomes Kelly and Nina 
  • Post Farm Food Safety Sessions this month
  • Western Business and Food Sector Outlook
  • Peer Group Save the Dates - Upcoming Meetings
  • BCFPA and Steephill Equipment in the News
  • FOR SALE:  Kettle, Bottles and more!
  • Got 100sf of space? BCFPA would love to use it! 
  • The best for Last:  THANK YOU MARK JOHNSON!

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Celebrate FoodProWest’s 10th Anniversary! 

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

Reserve your Booth -90 Buyers in one Room

FoodProWest Buyer's Day and Trade Show

Don't miss out on the early bird rates for FoodProWest. Register to exhibit at our International Buyers Day and Trade Show to take your products to the next level!  

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!

What FoodProWest Buyers are looking for:

  • All-natural food
  • Beverages
  • Biscuits and confectionery. Hard-boiled candy. Jelly and gelatine snacks.
  • Blueberry spread, freeze dried blueberry/cranberry 
  • Cereal
  • certified organic and non-GMO products.
  • concentration fruit juice and fruit / vegetables
  • Cooking oil
  • Dried Fruits,
  • Energy bars
  • Gluten free foods
  • Gluten free baking mixes and snacks
  • Granola, museli
  • Halal products
  • Health food, super food and fair trade food products.
  • Healthy snacks
  • Healthy on-the-go snacks
  • Honey
  • Hot sauces and cooking sauces
  • IQF Fruit and vegetable products
  • Jams and food spreads
  • Kosher/Halal products.
  • Meat products
  • Nuts
  • Organic foods
  • Organic foods, Super foods, Health Foods, Supplements
  • packaged goods and fruit products.
  • Salmon
  • Seafood, fruit, meat and dairy products.
  • snack foods
  • Specialized personal care products
  • Supplements and skin care products which may or may not be organic. All ingredients are clean of artificial and harmful ingredients.  
  • Trendy and healthy beverages
  • Unique gifts
  • Vegan, Vegetarian
  • Vitamins and Dietary supplements
  • Wild or farmed, raw or processed seafood
Click to Book Your Booth Today!

BCFPA Awards - Nomination Deadline Extended to March 31

Is Staff recognition part of your corporate culture?  
Here's a chance to let someone shine! 

At our Gala Awards Dinner at FoodProWest on June 8th, we recognize and celebrate industry accomplishments with our prestigious BCFPA Awards. We encourage you to nominate your company, colleague or product you feel is deserving; no one knows your business better than you!

  • Member of the Year
  • Leadership
  • Innovation
  • Rising Star
  • Sustainability
  • Workplace Safety 
  • Product of the Year (nominations for this award are closed)

Benefits of Nominating

  • Recognize the great work of one of your customers or co-workers
  • Enhancing your brand through the many marketing opportunities that we provide
  • Finalists for each award will have a professional video created for them (a $2,000 value!) which can be used for your marketing.
  • Finalist companies will be recognized throughout our website and during FoodProWest and the Gala Awards Dinner
  • Feeling the satisfaction of nominating and/or being nominated for your awesome product, company, and/or people!
Nominate Now
Join us at the BCFPA Awards Gala at FoodProWest  - You could be this year's Member of the Year!  2016 Member of the Year winners Ideon Packaging.  Get your Gala tickets here.  400 seats sell out every year. See you on June 8th. 
Buy Gala Tickets Now

New Members 

Thank you for joining the BCFPA in February and Welcome!

click the names to visit their websites
Associate Members:
The graphic design team at Ideon Packaging is helping us get ready for FoodProWest - thanks IDEON! 


Members:  Get Noticed!

Sponsor FoodProWest 2017 

Connect your Brand with the best of BC’s Food Processors 

 It gives us great pleasure to invite you to sponsor FoodProWest 2017, Thursday June 8th at the Westin Bayshore Vancouver.  Increase your brand recognition by partnering with the largest manufacturing sector in BC. Engage clients, prospects, and colleagues—network and celebrate the B.C. food industry.   Sponsor FoodProWest today and see your network grow!

Download Sponsorship Package information

Why sponsor FoodProWest?

  • Market your brand to the largest manufacturing sector in BC; a $9.1 billion industry, with more than 31,000 employees.
  • Raise your corporate profile and demonstrate leadership by being a part of the largest food manufacturing event
  • Access the best and brightest thinkers in the industry, connect with thought leaders and gain insight into future trends
  • Receive increased exposure through BCFPA targeted marketing which includes social media, website, print material, event signage, and takeaway bags
  • With a record number of over 1000 people at FoodProWest 2016, this year will provide more networking opportunities with even more potential clients and customers.

For more information on the sponsorship level of interest, contact:

James Donaldson; 604-371-4245

Welcome to the Family!  

The BCFPA is pleased to welcome Kelly Gaull as our new Administrative Assistant and Nina Cheema, our Marketing and Communcations intern!  We are so happy to have you join us.

You are invited to join the Food Processing Human Resources Council (FPHRC) for a brief, in depth  look at the BC Post - Farm program.

The Post-Farm Food Safety and Traceability Program has long supported food and beverage processors in British Columbia through improved product safety and traceability, leading to increased trade opportunities and company growth.
The Information session will present full program details including:
- What this program is all about?
- What are the different areas of funding available? 
- What is the application process?
- What to expect when eligible?
Every company's needs are unique! Take the opportunity to enjoy a catered lunch,while discussing how your company can benefit from the program with Food Safety Advisors and the FPHRC staff.
Date: March 16th, 2017
Time: 11 Am - 2 PM
Sandman Hotel & Suites
32720 Simon Avenue
Abbotsford, BC 
Date: March 17th, 2017
Time: 11 Am - 2 PM
Sandman Hotel
Vancouver City Centre
180 W. Georgia St.
Vancouver, BC 

Western Business & Food Sector Outlook - Kelowna

On January 26th, 2017 The BCFPA partnered with MNP to present an outlook for the food & beverage processing sector and share the results and insights of its Economic Impact Study at the Conference Board of Canada’s Western Business & Food Sector Outlook series in Kelowna in January.
The event provided attendees with the opportunity to take a deep dive into the numbers that will drive the BC's economy for 2017 and beyond. In addition to the BCFPA presentation, the Conference Board provided insight into provincial and metropolitan economic outlook and will discuss the performance of the BC economy in the context of global economic growth, commodity markets, and Canada's national performance.  Also, Miles Prodan from the BC Wine Institute provided a great overview of the BC’s booming Wine and culinary tourism industry.

Save the Date - Upcoming Meetings

March 9      Finance Peer Group – Business Model/ Breakeven Analysis

March 16    Product of the Year Event at BCIT, sponsored by MNP.

March 21    Sales & Marketing:  Tradeshows and Demos in Store – Best Practices, how to present, determine ROI - Get Ready for Food Pro West!  

April 18    Breakfast Series Event- Retailer Insights - how to achieve your max potential. SOLD OUT - 100 members!

June 8      FoodProWest – Register today!  55 processor booths and 35 Associates.


In the News:  

 Brent Larsen of Steep Hill Equipment Solutions and BCFPA CEO James Donaldson are featured in Business in Vancouver this month! 

B.C.’s food processing industry helps fuel economic growth

Small and micro-sized businesses make up 90% of the sector in the province (more.....)


20 Qt Cleveland Tilt Kettle  
$1500 OBO

Great for a start up processor, catering company or even home brewer. For more information please email James at or text 778-928-4740

Check out the BCFPA Marketplace page for more sale items! 

Need some Bottles?  Shared Volume Purchase - 

Bottle Description: Glass woozy bottle
Size: 10 fl oz - 300 mL
Neck Finish: 28-400
Material: Glass, flint
Weight: 229 grams
Dimensions: 7-7/8" H x 2-1/4" W
Pack size: 6 packs
MOQ: 200,000
Forecast Price: $0.25 per unit
FOB Vancouver
email if you'd like to get in on this deal! 
Canadian Cancer Society's "RELAY FOR LIFE" is looking for donations for the following below. Any interested parties can be directed to Theresa
1) Food & Beverage for 350 ppl for lunch/dinner June 3rd, 2017, PERCY STADIUM
   -chicken burgers & vegetarian burgers
   -Salad & Pasta items
   -Beverages (cold)
   -snacks to energize participants
2) Higher value items & certificates for "SURVIVORS GIFT BAGS"
   - Total of 50 bags will be given
 3) Special Tea Service for Survivors
   - looking for tea/snacks/beverage offerings

We need your extra storage space!  

( just this much)

The BCFPA is looking for 100sf of space to store some items..... if you can help us out - please email  Thanks!!
Thank you Mark Johnson of Reliance Insurance who is stepping down from 8 years of service on our Membership Committee.  We value your commitment and ongoing assistance with the FoodProWest Committee.  We welcome Earle McCandless to the Membership Committee in your stead.  YOU ROCK MARK!

That's it!
You can relax now.
Have a
GREAT Month!

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