All educational sessions, presented during show hours, are free of charge for all attendees and exhibitors.
All sessions will be held in room 521 A & B, located on the 5th floor.
New for 2014!!! 3 days - 3 themes
- Wednesday April 2: ethnicity and buy local:
- Thursday April 3: Food waste managment
- Friday April 4: Agro Food revolutions
April 2, at 7 am: Farm Credit Canada Conference, in partnership with SIAL Canada
Insight on the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement
Professor at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)
Based on research of consumers, leading retailers, food service chains and food manufacturers there is a monumental movement toward healthier and more sustainable products, processes and corporations. Our panel of experts will take you on a journey to help you discover why you will want to embed “health”, “sustainability” and “innovation redefined” into your brands, your people, your products and your processes. You will hear case studies about breakthrough sustainability innovation, to help explain why transparently embedding meaningful environmental and social causes into brands is becoming mainstream. We will take you into the minds of today’s socially-conscious consumers, customers and end-users to help explain why this is going to be a significant and lasting trend. For some companies it will be time to capitalize on years of planning, for others it will be time to re-engineer. Get ready for a new future!
Marketing Director, Retail & Foodservice
Director of Business Development and Commercial Relations
CEO, Institut de développement de produits
Executive Director, Climate Counts
General Manager, Institut de technologie des emballages et du génie alimentaire (ITEGA)
Conference: Be active and smart like your packaging!
About one third of global food production is thrown in the trash. The economic, environmental and social impacts are huge. Packaging, especially active and intelligent packaging, become efficient tools to fight against food waste.
Discover solutions, innovations and trends to be at the forefront of active and intelligent packaging technologies.
Founder of Les Éditions HRI
Marketing and Public Relations Director
The powerful combination of shelf-edge automation and connectivity is breaking ground and retailers need to look at these enabling technologies. Electronic Shelf Labeling has seen a powerful uptake worldwide due to increased price volatility, high labor costs, e-commerce competitiveness and synchronization, and the need to modernize the store experience. New communication technologies such as NFC and BLE are enabling shelf-edge connectivity and creating a new level of customer engagement and productivity enhancements that are blurring the lines between digital and brick&mortar retailing. This presentation will explore and discuss actual case studies where retailers are succeeding when these two work in tandem.
Analyst, Nielsen Canada
Conference: PRIVATE LABELS PORTRAIT AND TRENDS IN CANADA, IN THE USA AND IN EUROPE
In the United States as in Europe, private labels have taken advantage of the recession and economic uncertainty to take on an ever-increasing role in the consumer basket. However, in Canada and Quebec, the opposite is happening, with retailers choosing to promote national brands to attract customers – to the detriment of private labels. In addition to offering a portrait of the current situation in the 3 regions, we will identify the major trends in private labels for the months ahead.
Senior Analyst, Nielsen
Conference: ETHNIC MARKET OPPORTUNITIES IN QUÉBEC
The latest national survey of households by Statistics Canada reveals that 6.8 million Canadians were born abroad – that is more than one Canadian in five. The reality is different in Quebec, where there are proportionately fewer immigrants, though from different countries. Nevertheless, there is ethnic growth in the consumer market in Quebec, which creates opportunities for retailers and manufacturers. In addition to offering a portrait of ethnic consumers in Quebec, we will present ways to approach this “different” clientele.