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February, 2017

In This Issue

  • Nominate for Product of the Year and our other BCFPA Awards
  • Record Breaking month: Welcome New Members
  • FoodProWest - Book your booth today.
  • BC Food Safety FUNDING!
  • News: BC Agrifood sector just keeps growing! 
  • Peer Groups and Upcoming Meetings
  • 2017 Advertising and Sponsorship Menu
  • News: BC Food Companies Get $2.3 Million in Innovation Investments!
  • Got 100sf of space? BCFPA would love to use it! 

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Product of the Year Award

Nominate your great product by March 1st!


Nominees:  Pitch your product to an esteemed panel of judges in a Dragon’s Den format.  The event will take place on Thursday, March 16,  2017 at the BCIT Burnaby Campus. Finalists are awarded Bronze, Silver and Gold Product of the Year Awards at FoodProWest in June.
Great marketing for your food, beverage or natural health product!
Nominate your Product Now!

Product of the Year Judges: 

Vikram Vij, Vij’s
Ken Clark, Overwaitea Food Group
Jeff Nadon, Sobey’s Inc.
Charles Chang, Lira Growth
Mijune Pak
James Street, Industry Specialist, BC Ministry of Agriculture
Danny Marcowicz, White Spot Restaurants


BCFPA Awards - time to Nominate!

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!

  • Product of the Year
  • Member of the Year
  • Leadership
  • Innovation
  • Rising Star
  • Sustainability
  • Workplace Safety 

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

New Members - 19 New Members last month - a BCFPA record!

Thank you for joining the BCFPA and Welcome!

click the names to visit their websites

Welcome to our newest member! 

Maximus Apollo Zivanovic arrived on Dec 31 at 3:58pm weighing 6.86lbs to parents Rebecca and Antonio Zivanovic of the ReFrame Group. "We are thrilled and loving this next step and sleeping in two-hour intervals - lol," says Antonio.

Membership Fees Increasing:  In order to maintain and improve the value that the BCFPA provides to its members, our 2017 Membership Fees are increasing effective March 1, 2017. If you’re not a member yet and are thinking about membership, we encourage you to sign up by February 28th!  

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 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
If you make these: Book Your Booth Today!

BC Food Safety Funding

If you have plans to improve the food safety or traceability system at 
your  facility,  or  want  to  become  HACCP,  SQF,  BRC  or  otherwise 
certified, the Post-Farm Food Safety  & Traceability  Program (PFFSTP) 
will put you on the road to achieving your goals, by contributing to the 
funds you spend, up to the amount of $35,000.00.  FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT DAYNA POULIN AT    More...


The sector’s growth to 62,900 employees in 2016 follows B.C. agrifood and seafood companies’ record revenue of $13 billion, and record exports of $3.5 billion in 2015.

"The significant job-growth numbers are greatly reflected in the overall growth of the processing sector, which Is up 9.1%. This drives the creation of more quality jobs as the industry continues to seek both skilled and unskilled labour in order to grow their businesses."  James Donaldson, CEO of the BC Food Processors Association.  READ MORE...

Save the Date - Upcoming Meetings

POSTPONED!  Feb 9         Breakfast Series Event – Global Trends in Packaging
March 9      Finance Peer Group – Business Model/ Breakeven Analysis

March 16    Product of the Year Event at BCIT. Nominate your Product! 

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

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

The Finance Peer group thanks Leap Strategic for hosting us last month, and Treen Safety rocked it with a great Operations event as well. Thank you!

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 for more information  Click to download the PDF Document.  We look forward to working with you to promote your business!

B.C. food companies receiving $2.3 million in innovation investments

36 new projects are receiving more than $2.3 million in funding towards a range of innovative projects in B.C.’s agri-food sector. Congrats to members Quejos and Big Mountain Foods... MORE....

Congrats Mazza Innovation!

Mazza Innovation's cutting edge food extract technology gets federal support.  MORE....

We need your extra 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!!

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

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