US ECRM Virtual B2B Program (November 2022 – April 2023)

November 2022-April 2023

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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 has 2 participation options (both offering 10 minute meetings):

Option 1 – 1st Time Vendor Hub (only select this option if you have not participated previously in an ECRM virtual program)

Option 2 – Innovation Pipeline

Please review the available programs below:


The Ecommerce Food & Beverage Program, November 2-3, 2022 – register at this link

This session brings online retailers, subscription boxes, mail order, catalog and other companies focusing the sale of goods online with suppliers within food and beverage. Categories include Snacks, Dry Grocery, Beverage, Coffee & Tea, Candy, Frozen, Deli, Dairy, Bakery, Meat, Seafood, and Produce. Review buyers at this link.


The Commercial Foodservice Program, November 8-10, 2022 – register at this link

Manufacturers and suppliers of food, beverages, supplies and equipment items have the opportunity to present to restaurants, hotels, distributors and other foodservice operators. Review buyers at this link. 


The Foodservice at Retail Program, November 9-10, 2022 – register at this link

Vendors with food and beverage items have the opportunity to present to Convenience and Grocery chains looking for ingredients, prepared foods, equipment & supplies, and grab & go meal options. Review buyers at this link.


The Candy Planning: Halloween Program, December 5-7, 2022 – register at this link

Confectionery suppliers will present programs for the 2023 Halloween holiday season to retailers across all channels. Review buyers at this link.


The Coffee, Tea & Cocoa, Winter Program, January 30-February 1, 2023 – 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 | Coffee Alternatives | Ethically Sourced Coffee & Tea – review buyers at this link


The Beverage, Winter Program, January 31-February 2, 2023 – 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.


The Convenience Program, February 6-9, 2023 – 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, February 7-10, 2023 – register at this link

The Impulse, Front-End & Checklane Program brings together a 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 with items that may be unplanned purchases, and those that can be placed near the checkout, endcaps, displays, or anywhere your products can generate an incremental sale. Categories include Health & Beauty Care, Beverages & Snacks, Confectionary, and General Merchandise such as Pet, Consumer Electronics, Toys, Licensed, & Seasonal Items. Review buyers at this link.


The Snack, Winter Program, February 13-15, 2023 – 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 2023 Winter Holidays including Back to School, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Review buyers at this link.


The Baking, Spices & Breakfast Foods, Winter Program, February 14-16, 2023 – 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 2023 Winter Holidays. Categories will include Baking, such as mixes, flour, frostings, oils, spices, seasonings, baking nuts & chips, sugars, and Breakfast foods such as syrups, cereals, granolas, breakfast bars, pancake and waffle mixes etc. Review buyers at this link. 


The Canned, Dry & Boxed Foods, Winter Program, February 14-16, 2023 – 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 2023 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 14-16, 2023 – 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 2023 Winter Holidays. Categories will include Sauces and Spreads such as gravy, marinades, jams, jellies, preserves, pasta sauce, nut butters, 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 On & Off Premises Adult Beverage Program, March 6-8, 2023 – register at this link (price will increase on December 2nd)

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 Diversity & Minority Owned Food & Beverage Session, March 28-30, 2023 – Register at this link (price will increase on January 6, 2023)

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.


The Better For You Candy Session, April 19-20, 2023 – Register at this link (price will increase on March 3, 2023)

Suppliers with natural, organic, vegan, gluten free, low sugar, allergy free, plant based, non-GMO, gluten free, and other health focused candies will present to buyers across all retail channels. Review buyers at this link.


The Frozen Foods, Spring Session, April 24-26, 2023 – Register at this link (price will increase on January 13, 2023)

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.


The Deli, Dairy & Bakery, Spring Session, April 25-27, 2023 – Register at this link (price will increase on January 13, 2023)

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.


The Private Label Foods – Perimeter of Store Session, April 25-27, 2023 – Register at this link (price will increase on December 16, 2022)

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.


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.
  • 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