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September 9, 2016

In This Issue

  • Breakfast Series Event; Workplace Safety
  • Vancity Scholarship
  • New BC Hydro Program Launch
  • Opportunity Northwest
  • Marketing Opportunities in Japan and South Korea
  • The Specialty Food Awards
  • Italian Chamber of Commerce Sponsoring BC Processors to Cibutec Tradeshow
  • Vancouver Fashion Week - Food Meets Fashion
  • Save the Date
  • New Members

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Breakfast Series Event; Workplace Safety

Thursday, September 15, 2016
7:15am Breakfast, 8am Meeting Start
BC Hydro Building – 6911 Southpoint Drive, Burnaby

Last chance to register for this breakfast series on workplace safety! Attend this event to gain the tools and knowledge to lower your costs by minimizing workplace injuries. In the BC food industry, the average duration of injury time off is 35 days. This amounts to more than $18M in claims costs and over 50,000 work days lost to injury each year and over 50,000 work days lost to injury each year.

Topics Include:
  • How to build a Relationship with WorkSafe
  • Employer Safety Planning Tool Kit 
  • Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC
  • Bridging Work safety and Food Safety
Register Now

Vancity Scholarship

Vancity offers $1000 scholarships to their business members to reduce the cost of the Climate Smart training program. Info on Vancity business member scholarships here:

As part of their BCFPA sponsorship commitments, Vancity is offering two additional $1000 scholarships to any BCPFA members. The winners will be announced at the September 15 Breakfast Series Event.

New BC Hydro Program Launch

BC Hydro Conservation and Energy Management Program 

Work with a Regional Energy Manager to help you access BC Hydro programs and to identify and implement cost-saving opportunities at your facility. They’ll introduce you to resources and low- and no-cost tips that you can implement immediately. It’s a great way to learn more about how you use energy and save on energy costs.

This is a FREE service for BC Food Processors. Click here for more information.

Opportunity Northwest

Planning a USA Expansion? US Food Manufacturer Looking to Share Capacity

Opportunity Northwest is working with a refrigerated food producer from Washington who is looking to build a manufacturing facility right across the border in Ferndale, WA.  They are considering building extra production capacity and are looking for the right partner or tenant.  They also have well developed relationships with Fresh Deli buyers and would consider acting as a broker within their market niche.  If you are considering expanding your market southward, or need to grow your production capacity reach out to Opportunity Northwest.  The initial consult is free, and they can help you asses various opportunities.  For more information contact Chris Jacobs  

Opportunity Northwest recently joined BCFPA and is a boutique consultancy of experienced businessmen focused on assisting companies raise capital to fund growth, with a specialty of helping Canadian companies prepare and plan for expansion into the US market.

Marketing Opportunities in Japan and South Korea

September 28, 2016; Delta Hotel & Conference Center Burnaby

The BC Ministry of Agriculture and Grounded Strategies are pleased to invite you to attend an export opportunity seminar focused on Japan and South Korea.  The seminar will be held on September 28th at the Delta Hotels Burnaby Conference Centre.   

This seminar targets experienced B.C. exporters interested in pursuing market opportunities in Japan and/or South Korea. Buyers from Japan and South Korea will provide market information and will be available to answer your questions.

For more information or to register click here:
For more information, please contact:
Debra Hellbach or Gayle Palas
Grounded Strategies Inc.
Tel: 778-432-4645
This event has been made possible thanks to funding from Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.

The Specialty Food Awards

Nomination Deadline September 30

The Specialty Food Awards is a new initiative launched to support food producers focused on the Specialty Food market with safe ingredients and manufacturing practices for those with special dietary needs. In addition to the honor of being awarded the status of "Emerging Specialty Food Product of the Year", selected products will be highlighted to local and national buyers, distributors, and brokers in the industry. The award program is open to Canadian food producers who meet the criteria outlined on their website.
For more details, visit the Specialty Food Awards website:

Italian Chamber of Commerce Sponsoring BC Processors to Cibutec Tradeshow

Italy; October 25-28, 2016

If you are looking for equipment – your company can be sponsored to be part of the Canadian Delegation!  Apply now

The Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada-West has recently established agreements with various trade fair organizers in Italy. They are currently looking for prospective Canadian buyers operating in the agri-food sector that would be interested in participating in CIBUSTEC, an international trade show dedicated to foodprocessing technologies and innovation, including packaging and logistical solutions. The trade show will take place in Parma (Italy) from October 25th to 28th, 2016.
Upon selection, qualified Canadian BUYERS will be offered the following incentives:
  • Full coverage of a return flight Canada – Italy ;
  • Local transportation;
  • Hotel accommodation in Parma
  • Customized b2b agenda
For more information on CIBUSTEC you can click HERE.
For more information on the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada West activities and services click HERE.
To register to Cibustec as a buyer or for more details, write to

Vancouver Fashion Week – Food Meets Fashion 

Have your products profiled at Vancouver Fashion Week September 19-25.

In this first ever culinary experience, VFW and some of Canada’s top Chefs and Food Producers will match Global Fashion Designers to a complimentary food professional/restaurant. Don’t miss your chance to showcase your country’s amazing culinary flare at this year’s Vancouver Fashion Week through an sponsorship.

Your food products will have backstage access to hundreds of models, designers, hair and makeup professionals and fashion experts. We have food stations set up for you to give sample products to the industry’s leading professionals during Vancouver Fashion Week.

Click here to see the sponsorship opportunities.
BCFPA Members will receive a 15% discount! Contact Tammy-Lynn McNabb; 604-760-9492, 

Save the Date

  • September 20, 2016: Sales and Marketing Peer Group; Social Media Marketing Strategies with speaker Todd Hauptman, Ask the Todd Communications.
  • September 30, 2016: Operations and Fraser Valley Peer Group; Tour of Rhema Health Products,speakers Rick Gibbs and Doug Brougham on Preventative and Conditional Maintenance.
  • October 18, 2016: Sales and Marketing Peer Group; Best Practices for marketing with your distributor to retailers and with your retailers to the public. (Tent).
  • October 20, 2016: Food Safety Peer Group; Speaker Yasmin Yorish on Health Canada Regulations and updates.
  • October 26, 2016: HR Peer Group; Elizabeth West of RBC on “Preparing Staff for Retirement”
  • October 28, 2016: Fraser Valley Ops Peer Group; ERP systems.
  • November 10, 2016: Breakfast Series; Marketing your Products Internationally – Capitalizing on Free Trade Agreements and Government Grants for Marketing

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