State of the Industry: A Closer Look at Canada’s Food & Beverage Industry

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2017 State of the Industry

Save the date for this year's State of the Industry event taking place on November 9, 2017 at the Pearson Convention Centre in Brampton, Ontario.

Back by popular demand, this signature event promises to bring you an outstanding line-up of industry experts who will provide an in-depth look at emerging issues throughout the Canadian food and beverage processing, supply and service industry. This informative event only happens every two years and our agenda is sure to give you takeaways that will prepare you for 2018 and beyond. Stay tuned for more details! 

Agenda highlights

Economic Outlook: Canada Bounces Back

Douglas Porter, Chief Economist, BMO Capital MarketsDouglas Porter
Chief Economist, BMO Capital Markets

Where is the Canadian economy headed against the many diverse factors swirling around the global outlook? The U.S. economy has yet to gather momentum following last year’s surprising election result, while Europe continues to quietly improve, and China is still forging ahead. Meanwhile, Canada has been a pleasant surprise this year, posting the best growth in the G7 and prompting the Bank of Canada to raise interest rates, but is now dealing with a stronger Canadian dollar and a cooling housing market. Against this backdrop, what are the implications for the national and regional outlooks, as well as financial markets? Douglas Porter will address these topics and more in his North American economic and financial update.

Connecting With The Consumer On The Evolving Path To Purchase

Isabel Morales, Manager, Consumer Insights, Nielsen CanadaIsabel Morales
Manager, Consumer Insights, Nielsen Canada

Isabel Morales from Nielsen, a global company that specializes in knowing what people watch, listen to and buy, will share information on why consumers are fundamentally changing the way they shop. Whether we call it disruption or evolution, find out why Canadians are making fewer trips to the store and what it will take to find new and meaningful ways for retailers and manufacturers to engage with the customer.

Manufacturing Competitiveness: Are You Ready For The Changes Impacting Industry?

Stephen Brown, Leader, Consumer & Industrial Products, DeloitteStephen Brown
Leader, Consumer & Industrial Products

Based on Deloitte’s 2016 global manufacturing competitiveness survey and insights from serving the manufacturing industry across Canada, this presentation will cover the fundamental shifts occurring in the basis of competition for manufacturing. The industry is practically shifting before our eyes and understanding what is changing and why is critical to keeping up. The presentation will cover the global trends, the implications for Canada and what you need to be focused on at the individual company level.

Consumer Values & Trends: What Does It Mean For the Canadian Brand

John Cranfield, Professor in and Chair of the Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of GuelphJohn Cranfield
Professor and Chair, Department of Food,
Agricultural and Resource Economics
University of Guelph

Evolving consumer values will change what is on the consumer plate. The food sector's ability to meet demand for new food products will depend on anticipating what consumers want to eat or drink in the future. Implications of changing consumer food values in Canada will be highlighted and illustrated using recent examples from Canada.

2017 Food Safety Recognition Awards Ceremony

Now in its seventh year, the NSF Canadian Food Safety Recognition Awards were established to recognize excellence in food safety and quality and to encourage companies and individuals to strive for continuous improvement in raising the level of food safety and quality in Canada.

An independent panel of food safety experts from academia, industry and the regulatory community assesses nominations from across Canada to select the recipients. Nominations are evaluated on the basis of excellence and leadership in the advancement of food safety. The submissions are diverse, country-wide and represented areas within the food industry.

Congratulations to the 2017 Award winners:

2017 NSF Canadian Food Safety Recognition Awards

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2017 State of the Industry Sponsors



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