TORONTO -- Grocery Innovations Canada, a new trade show to debut here this fall, said that Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien will be making an official visit to the event.
tors, media and invited guests.
The by-invitation-only preview will be held Oct. 22 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre here. The exposition officially opens its doors to trade delegates Oct. 23 and continues on Oct. 24.
Carla Carey, GIC vice president, said, "Our mission is to increase the value of GIC to both domestic and international stakeholders, and provide as many networking opportunities as possible for manufacturers, distributors and retailers. Sunday's preview affords exhibitors an opportunity to meet key members of our industry's four national trade associations (who also sponsor the show), while opening doors to potential export opportunities for mid-size processors."
Other highlights of the show include:
The retail format expedition: A guided tour featuring the latest store concepts will offer attendees the opportunity to meet other store owners.
The first annual GIC Golf Classic, at the Royal Woodbine Golf Club before the VIP preview. Advance registration is required as space is available for only 144 golfers.
The seminar series: Monday will feature a keynote address by Brian Piwek, vice chairman, president and chief executive officer, A&P Canada; Thomas S. Haggai, chairman and CEO, IGA; Donald Cooper, president, The Donald Cooper Corp.
Tuesday's featured speakers are Harold C. Lloyd, president, H. Lloyd & Associates; Jim Carroll, author, columnist and radio host; and Gerry Harrington, director, professional and public affairs, Non-Prescription Drug Manufacturing Association of Canada.
Interactive pavilions featuring models of whole health, technology and produce departments, and more.
More than 700 exhibits, thanks to the show's partnerships with the Canadian Council of Grocery Distributors, Canadian Food Brokers Association, Food and Consumer Products Manufacturers of Canada and support from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.
Exhibit supergroups: Exhibits will be grouped as Meat/Deli/Seafood; Whole Health; Grocery; Produce, International and Specialty Foods; Technology; Retail Services; and Store Infrastructure & Equipment.
On-line registration: Attendees who register on-line (www.groceryinnovations.com) could win a Sony Digital camera.
Opportunities for medium-sized processors: Seminars will address the issues of exporting, e-commerce and how to build connections with international and government officials.