US ECRM Virtual B2B Program

December 2021 - May 2022

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We are pleased to offer the opportunity for Canadian exporters to connect with US buyers virtually with the assistance of the ECRM organization. Each program will have 2 levels of participation to choose from Discovery Hub: 5 minute meetings and Innovation Pipeline: 10 minute meetings. Below are the various programs currently available for registration:


Candy Planning – Halloween Program, December 7-9, 2021 – register at this link

Confectionery suppliers will present programs for the 2022 Halloween holiday season to retailers across all channels. Review buyers at this link


The Coffee, Tea & Cocoa, Winter Program, January 18-20, 2022  – register at this link

At this sourcing and planning review suppliers of Coffee, Tea and Cocoa will present new items and promotional opportunities to buyers from across all retail channels. Items being reviewed include but not limited to: Roasted Coffee | K-Cups/ Pods | Instant Coffee | Shelf Stable- Coffee Concentrates & Creamers | Tea Bags | Tea Mix | Loose Leaf Tea | Matcha | Hot Cocoa | Review buyers at this link.


The Beverage, Winter Program, January 19-21, 2022 – register at this link

At this sourcing and planning review suppliers of both Shelf-Stable and Refrigerated Beverages, including Sports/Nutritional Drinks, Water, Carbonated Soft Drinks, Kombucha, Juice, RTD Coffee/Tea & Functional and Natural/Organic Beverages will present new items and promotional opportunities to buyers from across all retail channels. Review buyers at this link.


Convenience Program, January 24-27, 2022 – register at this link

Consumable Grocery, Snack, Beverage, Candy, Frozen, Dairy, General Merchandise, Consumer Tech Accessories, Hand Sanitizers, Fashion Gaiters, Mask, CBD, Health and Beauty Care suppliers will present new programs to retailers and distributors from the convenience channel. Review buyers at this link.


The Impulse, Front-End & Checklane Program, January 25-28, 2022 – register at this link

The Impulse, Front-End & Checklane Program brings together a curated cross-channel lineup of today’s leading retailers looking to source new suppliers, discover innovation and learn how to succeed in meaningful category growth. Explore basket building opportunities within General Merchandise, Health & Beauty Care and Grocery. Categories include Confectionery, Snacks, Beverage, Health & Beauty, Pet, Consumer Technology Accessories, Hand Sanitizers, Fashion Gaiters & Masks, Sundries, Seasonal Demands. Review buyers at this link.


The Baking & Breakfast Foods, Winter Program, February 15-17, 2022 – register at this link

At this sourcing and planning review suppliers of baking and breakfast foods will present new items and promotional opportunities to buyers from across all retail channels for everyday planning and 2022 Winter Holidays. Categories will include Baking, such as mixes, flour, frostings, oils, spices, seasonings, baking nuts & chips, sugars, and Breakfast foods such as cereals, granolas, breakfast bars, pancake and waffle mixes etc. Review buyers at this link. 


The Canned, Dry & Boxed Foods, Winter Program, February 15-17, 2022 – register at this link

At this sourcing and planning review suppliers of canned, dry and boxed foods will present new items and promotional opportunities to buyers from across all retail channels for everyday planning and 2022 Winter Holidays. Categories will include dry and boxed foods such as pasta, rice, dry beans, stuffing mixes, side dishes, boxed prepared foods, as well as canned foods such as canned fish, seafood, fruit, vegetables, meat and soups. Review buyers at this link.


The Condiments, Sauces & Spreads, Winter Program, February 15-17, 2022 – register at this link

At this sourcing and planning review suppliers of condiments, sauces, and spreads will present new items and promotional opportunities to buyers from across all retail channels for everyday planning and 2022 Winter Holidays. Categories will include Sauces and Spreads such as gravy, marinades, jams, jellies, preserves, pasta sauce, nut butters, syrups, honey, dessert toppings, hot sauce, and Condiments such as BBQ sauce, ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, pickles, relish, salad dressing, toppings, vinegar, specialty condiments and more. Review buyers at this link.


The Candy Planning: Christmas & Halloween Program, February 16-23, 2022 – register at this link

Confectionery suppliers will present new items and programs for the 2022 Christmas and Halloween Holiday Seasons to buyers from retailers across all channels. The meetings will take place on the ECRM Connect virtual platform, February 16- February 18 & February 22- February 24. Review buyers at this link.


The Snack, Winter Program, February 22-24, 2022 – register at this link

At this sourcing and planning review suppliers of Snacks including Cookies, Chips, Pretzels, Popcorn, Crackers, Biscuits, Meat Snacks, Nutritional Snacks, Fruit Snacks, Nuts & Seeds, Snack Bars and Natural/Organic Snacks will present new items and promotional opportunities to buyers from across all retail channels for everyday and the 2022 Winter Holidays including Back to School, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Review buyers at this link.


The On & Off Premises Adult Beverage Program, March 1-3, 2022 – register at this link

Wine, beer, spirit, pre-made cocktail/mixer producers, non-alcoholic beverages, importers, distributors and exporters from around the world will present products to buyers from both on and off-premise chains, as well as distributors and importers. Review buyers at this link.


The Foodservice Program, March 21-24, 2022 – register at this link (price will increase on December 10th)

Food suppliers have the opportunity to present to foodservice operators from both commercial and non-commercial sectors. Review buyers at this link.


The Foodservice Beverage Program, March 22-23, 2022 – register at this link

Suppliers of ready to drink and dispensed beverages including Water, Carbonated Soft Drinks, Juice, Coffee and Tea have the opportunity to present to restaurants, hotels, distributors and other foodservice operators. Review buyers at this link.


Diversity & Minority Owned Food & Beverage Program, April 5-7, 2022 – register at this link (price will increase on January 7, 2022)

This session is designed to introduce retailers to food and beverage brands that are diversity qualified or minority owned. Certifications to include but not limited to: Ethnic Minority Owned- Disadvantaged Business Enterprise- Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual or Transgender Owned- Veteran Owned-Disability Owned-Woman Owned Business. Review buyers at this link.


Frozen Foods, Spring Program, April 25-27, 2022 – register at this link (price will increase on January 14, 2022)

Buyers across all retail channels are looking for products and programs found in the freezer case. Items being reviewed include but are not limited to Baked Goods/ Desserts, Breakfast, Fruit, Vegetables, Juice, Pizza, Prepared Foods, Ice Cream/Novelties, Frozen Yogurt, etc. Review buyers at this link.


Deli, Dairy & Bakery, Spring Program, April 26-28, 2022 – register at this link (price will increase on January 14, 2022)

Buyers across all retail channels including Grocery, Drug, Mass, Club, Convenience, Dollar/ Discount, etc., are looking for products and programs found in the Deli, Prepared Foods, Dairy and Bakery areas of the store. Bakery items/programs reviewed include Ready to Sell- Shelf Stable, Thaw-and-Serve, and In-Store Bakery. Review buyers at this link.


Private Label Foods – Perimeter of the Store Program, April 27-28, 2022 – register at this link (price will increase on December 17, 2021)

Private label manufacturers of Frozen Foods, Deli, Dairy, and Bakery items will present their products and capabilities to buyers from across all retail channels that are looking to grow their store brand programs. Review buyers at this link.


Private Label Foods – Center Store Program, May 2-5, 2022 – register at this link (price will increase on December 17, 2021)

Private label manufacturers of Snacks, Confectionery, Beverages, Dry Grocery including Baking, Canned Foods, Breakfast, Coffee/Tea & Cocoa, Condiments & Dressings, Dry & Boxed Foods, Sauces & Spreads will present their products and capabilities to buyers from across all retail channels that are looking to grow their private brand programs. Review buyers at this link.


Produce, Spring Program, May 3-4, 2022 – register at this link (price will increase on January 28, 2022)

Buyers across all channels are reviewing products and programs within Produce, including fresh fruits and vegetables, bulk foods, salad dressing and toppings, snack foods, and grab and go options. Review buyers at this link.


Meat, Spring Program, May 3-5, 2022 – register at this link (price will increase on January 28, 2022)

Buyers across all retail and foodservice channels are looking for fresh and frozen Meat products. Conventional and Natural & Organic items are being considered. Products being reviewed include but not limited to: Beef | Pork | Turkey | Sausage | Bacon | Lamb/Veal | Chicken – Review buyers at this link.


Seafood, Spring Program, May 3-5, 2022 – register at this link (price will increase on January 28, 2022)

Buyers across all retail and foodservice channels are reviewing products and programs within Fresh & Frozen Seafood. Review buyers at this link.


Asian Food and Beverage Program, May 18-19, 2022 – register at this link (price will increase on February 11, 2022)

Suppliers with Asian shelf stable food and beverage items will present to buyers from the US and Canada across all retail channels. Categories to include: Snacks, Beverage, and Dry Grocery items such as Baking, Breakfast Foods, Coffee, Tea, Canned, Dry/Boxed, Condiments, Sauces and Spreads. Review buyers at this link.


Indian Food and Beverage Program, May 18-19, 2022 – register at this link (price will increase on February 11, 2022)

Suppliers with Indian shelf stable food and beverage items will present to buyers from the US and Canada across all retail channels. Categories to include: Snacks, Beverage, and Dry Grocery items such as Baking, Breakfast Foods, Coffee, Tea, Canned, Dry/Boxed, Condiments, Sauces and Spreads. Review buyers at this link.


How the program will work:

  • A Client Success Manager assists throughout the entire program with turnkey meeting preparation and follow up.
  • Pre-determined meeting schedule tailored to align your capabilities and objectives.
  • 5, 10 or 20 minute appointments are conducted back to back for 3 to 4 hours each day for 3 days.
  • Meetings are executed virtually through a customized technology solution that features video conferencing, meeting management and documentation including notes and product selections.
  • Access notes and product selections for follow up plus use the RangeMe platform for sample requests, ordering and continued conversations.

Cost:

There are two cost options per program based on the per buyer meeting time. Prices can be viewed on the individual registration forms.  Note: as funding is for members the member rates are at the funded amount and non-member rates is at 100%.

If you have any questions regarding the virtual programs please email info@cfea.com or call 416-445-3747 x 1.


Funding for this program is provided by
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s
AgriMarketing Program