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January, 2017

In This Issue

  • FoodProWest: BCFPA Awards  NOMINATIONS OPEN!
  • February 9th Breakfast Series on Packaging Trends- Register Now! 
  • Book your FoodProWest Booth
  • Celebrating 100 New Members in 2016!
  • Welcome New Members
  • Member Survey - Feedback on Food Labeling Needed.
  • 2017 Advertising and Sponsorship Menu - book now!
  • Peer Groups - Register for Upcoming Meetings
  • Get your Proud Member BCFPA logos
  • BCFPA Buy and Sell

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BCFPA Awards: Nominations OPEN!

Get Industry Recognition you can Market! 



Will you be the next Winner?

We know, you've been waiting to start nominating for the BCFPA Awards!  Make sure your accomplishments are recognized through our esteemed awards which include:
Product of the Year,
Rising Star,
Member of the Year, 
Hall of Fame,
and Workplace Safety.
Award nominations close on MARCH 1.
Nominate your people, products, and company!  
All finalists will benefit with a professional video showcasing their nominations for use in your marketing!
Nominate Now!

March 16: Product of the Year Award Event 

Product of the Year nominees will attend a special networking and judging event for their nominated products. Each nominee will present their product in a Dragon's Den style judging. Winners will be announced at our annual Gala. 
Click here to nominate for Product of the Year!

FoodProWest: Registrations OPEN! 

Book your booth today, register to attend BC's Best Food Processing Event.
(We know - you've been waiting for this too!!)

June 8, 2017 at the Westin Bayshore. FoodProWest is the BC Food Processors Association’s annual Expo comprising of an International Buyer’s Day, Associate Trade show, and a Gala Awards dinner. It is a key industry event for all BC food, beverage, and natural health products processors.  55 processor booths and 35 Associate booths sell out each year!! 

Why Exhibit?  check out the video:

Check out the FoodProWest 2016 Highlights and see why attending is great for your business! 

International Buyer's Day & Trade Show

The BCFPA has partnered with the BC Ministries of International Trade and Agriculture to bring in buyers from around the world to attend FoodProWest and check out all the innovative food, beverage, and natural health companies we have here in BC at our International Buyers Day. In addition, dozens of Canadian buyers will also attend; a great opportunity to stay connected with existing customers, or to introduce your products to potential new customers.

Some of the benefits of exhibiting at our International Buyers Day:
  • Get your products in front of dozens of local, US and international buyers all in one day. Hand out samples, setup on-on-one meetings, and be ready to do business!
  • Access retailers who can grow your business in new export markets
  • Connecting with our Associate exhibitors whose products and services help you succeed.
  • Associates!  Get your products and services in front of your processor clientele.
  • Network with hundreds of industry professionals and leaders who can support your business
Early Bird Pricing Ends March 31, reserve your spot now
Reserve My Spot!

Breakfast Series: Global Trends in Packaging

Lead the Pack! Get your Pack-EDGE ON!

Join us on Thursday, February 9th to learn the latest on innovations in food packaging. Learn the trends that will get your products into the shopping cart! 

Packaging expert Cheryl Sullivan will share what is happening in the North American market, covering trends that impact packaging, design, labelling, regulations, recycling and sustainability and safety and security.
  • The packaging industry’s response to global drivers and consumer buying trends
  • The importance of packaging’s role in reducing food waste
  • Sustainable packaging – the circular economy and life cycle analysis
  • Debunking the myths around compostable and plant-based plastics
  • Trends in printing and design
  • Packaging’s role in food safety and security
  • The ten important steps to developing product packaging and why they are important

Cheryl Sullivan is a packaging professional with over 30 years’ experience helping countless brand owners and manufacturers bring their products to market, working at the GM, VP and consultant levels. Cheryl has spent the past 7 years as a consultant working in Canada, the United States and Jamaica, with her current focus on coaching start-up, micro and small food and beverage processors. She also consults with packaging companies in all areas of their businesses.  

Register Now!

100 New Members!
Meeting our Goal to Double our Membership in 3 Years

The Membership Committee of the BCFPA has been working very hard in 2016, behind the scenes, to not only define the value of your membership, but to grow our members by 100 members!  In 2014, the BCFPA set an ambitious membership goal - to double its membership by 2017. This goal involved bringing in an additional 150 processors and 100 associate members. We are halfway to meeting our target! As of  January 1, 72 new processors and 55 new associate members have joined the BCFPA (2015 and 2016) to take advantage of the benefits of our membership. 

Our Membership Committee, under the leadership of Maria Gonzalez from MNP, has really taken the initiative to reach out to potential members to discuss with them the benefits of joining the BCFPA.  "There are a wide range of valuable initiatives and resources that the BCFPA provides to its members including FoodProWest, the Quarterly Breakfast Series and the Peer Groups where members share best practices related to operations, sales/marketing, human resources, food safety and finance,” says Gonzalez.  “Our Committee has been working hard to ensure that we continue to grow our membership by communicating the value of BCFPA's resources and initiatives. I encourage all BCFPA members to spread the word about the value that you see in being part of the BCFPA family!"  Please invite your partners and
suppliers to join the BCFPA today.  Click here for membership info.

“It's easy to promote you guys, nothing but value!”  
Thompson Tran,  The Wooden Boat


Our Newest Members

Thank you for joining the BCFPA and Welcome!

New Food Labels:
Feedback Needed by January 15th

As you are aware, Health Canada has announced proposed changes to food content (Partially hydrogenated Oils PHO’s) and to food packaging labels.  Health Canada is proposing to introduce front-of-package warning labeling requirements on prepackaged foods high in sodium, sugars and saturated fat.  There is also a proposal to eliminate the use of partially hydrogenated oils (the main source of industrially produced trans fats) in foods sold in Canada. 
The BCFPA has designed a survey intended to gather information from BC Processor stakeholders for our use, as well as for Ministry feedback.  Your comments will be provided as part of the Ministry’s consultation process.
Please provide this VERY important feedback.  TAKE THE FOOD LABEL AND PHO FEEDBACK SURVEY

More information can be obtained in these documents on our webpage.   Please provide your comments by January 10th  to allow us to report our results to the  Ministry by mid-January.

Save the Dates - Upcoming Peer Group Meetings

Peer Group members will be notified by email.  If you are interested in joining one of these peer groups, please email .  Click on the meetings below to register! 

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 for more information  Click to download the PDF Document.  We look forward to working with you to promote your business!
Members! Do you have your BCFPA Proud Member logo for your website and social media?  Email Start your year off right. :) 
Volunteers Needed! - Looking for Marketing or Event Planning Experience??
if you are willing to help organize 2017 FoodProWest give me a shout - we're hiring! LOL.  

BCFPA Buy and Sell

Don't forget to check on line for BCFPA members who are needing something or selling something on our Buy and Sell page!  Check it out!  -  equipment, bottle caps, filling machines and more! 

Needed: an organic vegan Fish Sauce supplier!  if you know of someone who can supply a vegetable or soy based fish sauce, please email Thompson

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