By Shazia Malik
Toronto – SIAL Canada is about the next big thing. People come to the show to see what is bubbling up in food product development around the world, according to SIAL Innovation Expert and CEO of Blue Unicorn Innovation, Dana McCauley.
Speaking with the Weekly Voice, Dana said: “You know that when you walk the halls at SIAL, many of these ideas will be on the grocery shelves in near future so it’s a great opportunity to stay in touch with food trends. However, getting to mix and mingle with international food innovators is a big plus as is the fact that the conference portion of the show offers an opportunity to learn from subject matter experts who can help one develop professionally.”
SIAL Canada, being held in Toronto between April 30 to May 2, is the only national show that offers a complete line of products, equipment and technologies designated specifically for the food industry. This year it has attracted over 1,000 national and international exhibitors from 50 countries hosting over 18,500 buyers from Canada, the US, and 60 other countries.
Several exhibitors from across the globe are attending the exhibition for the first time and are hopeful to connect with big retailers in Canada. Marta Recinos, Project Manager, Asia and the Middle East at TFO Canada told Weekly Voice that they are trying to connect some less known traders from countries such as Palestine with Canadian companies and offer them the opportunity to go global. Her organization is trying to facilitate them and inform them about business regulations of Canada so that they enter this market with ease.
Some retailers from Spain were hopeful that their fresh produce will attract the Canadian market while those from Madagascar thought the essential oils market, that has seen an upswing globally will attract the Canadian market as a growing number of Canadians are getting inclined towards their health benefits. The exhibition was also a cheese galore as SIAL had announced the very first international cheese competition in Canada to showcase cheesemakers’ innovation and expertise. A total of 26 selected categories were judged and one was given gold medal.
Besides this, on the first day of the exhibition the prestigious SIAL Innovation contest was held. Winners included Unbun Keto Foods who won the 2019 SIAL Innovation Gold Grand Prize for its product Vegan Keto Buns; Yummy Doh won the 2019 SIAL Innovation Silver Grand Prize for its product Raw Cookie Dough; Lofbergs Canada Inc won the 2019 SIAL Innovation Bronze Grand Prize for its product ICE! Partake Brewing won the 2019 SIAL Innovation Hopeful Grand Prize for its product Partake Pale Ale – Craft Non-Alcoholic Beer.