US ECRM Virtual B2B Program

June - September 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:


Natural, Organic & Healthy Foods – Center of Store Program, June 6-9, 2022 (new dates) – Register at this link

Natural, Organic and Healthy Foods suppliers will present new items to buyers across all retail channels. Healthy, Better-For-You trends will be reviewed including suppliers with Non-GMO, Vegan, Gluten Free, Allergy Free, Paleo, Keto, CBD/ Hemp, Natural, Organic, and Plant-Based capabilities. Branded and Private Label programs will be reviewed at this session, focus will vary depending on buyers objectives. Categories include Baking, Canned Foods, Breakfast, Condiments & Dressings, Dry & Boxed Foods, Sauces & Spreads, Confectionery, Snacks & Beverages. Review buyers at this link.


Candy Planning: Easter & Valentine’s Day Program, June 7-9, 2022 (new dates) – Register at this link

Confectionery suppliers will present new products and programs for the 2023 Easter, Spring/Summer and Valentine’s Day Holiday Seasons to buyers from across all retail channels. Review buyers at this link.


The Better For You Candy Program, June 9-10, 2022 (new dates) – Register at this link

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 Sustainable Products – Food & Beverage Program, June 21-22, 2022 (new dates) – Register at this link

Join us for a program 100% dedicated to connecting buyers and suppliers that are focused on sustainability! Suppliers with products made sustainably, packaged sustainably, or have features that help consumers be sustainable will meet with retailers across all channels looking for suppliers with these earth friendly items. Categories of this program to included: Snacks, Beverage, Coffee, Tea, Dry Grocery, Frozen, Deli, Dairy, Bakery, Seafood, and Meat Suppliers will need to feature at least one of the following to qualify for the program: – Sustainable sourced materials, Sustainable sourced ingredients, Sustainable manufacturing, upcycled products, or sustainable product packaging. Review buyers at this link.


Foodservice Sustainability Program, June 22-23, 2022 – Register at this link

This program is 100% dedicated to connecting buyers and suppliers that are focused on sustainability! Suppliers with products made sustainably, packaged sustainably, or have features that help consumers be sustainable will meet with foodservice operators looking for suppliers with these earth friendly items. Categories of this program to included: Food, Beverage, and Packaging. Items presented will need to feature at least one of the following to qualify for the program: – Sustainable sourced materials – Sustainable sourced ingredients- Sustainable manufacturing- Sustainable product packaging. Review buyers at this link.


The Coffee, Tea & Cocoa, Summer Program, July 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 | Ethically Sourced Coffee & Tea. Review buyers at this link.


The Beverage, Summer Program, July 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. 


The Snack, Summer Program, July 25-27, 2022 – Register at this link

At this sourcing and planning review suppliers of Snacks including Cookies, Chips, Pretzels, Popcorn, Crackers, Biscuits, Meat Snacks, Chip Dips/ Salsa, 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. Review buyers at this link.


The Baking & Breakfast Foods, Summer Program, July 26-28, 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 2023 Summer 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, Summer Program, July 26-28, 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 2023 Summer 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, Summer Program, July 26-28, 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 2023 Summer 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 Deli, Dairy & Bakery, Fall Program, August 15-17, 2022 – Register at this link – Price will increase on June 3rd

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 Frozen Foods, Fall Program, August 16-18, 2022 – Register at this link – Price will increase on June 3rd

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 Natural, Organic & Healthy Foods – Perimeter of Store Program, August 16-18, 2022 – Register at this link

Natural, Organic and Healthy Foods suppliers will present new items to buyers across all retail channels. Healthy, Better-For-You trends will be reviewed including suppliers with Non-GMO, Vegan, Gluten Free, Allergy Free, Paleo, Keto, CBD/ Hemp, Natural, Organic, and Plant-Based capabilities. Branded and Private Label programs will be reviewed at this session, focus will vary depending on buyers objectives. All items will be targeting the perimeter of the store categories: Deli, Bakery, Dairy, Frozen and Prepared Foods. Review buyers at this link.


The Diversity & Minority Owned Foodservice Program, September 13-14, 2022 – register at this link – Price will increase on June 3rd

This session is designed to introduce foodservice operators, such as restaurants, hotels, distributors, universities and more 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. All Diversity Program costs are on average 50% off category program costs. Review buyers at this link.


The Meat, Fall Program, September 19-20, 2022 – register at this link – Price will increase on July 8th

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 | Meat Alternatives. Review buyers at this link.


The Seafood, Fall Program, September 20-21, 2022 – register at this link – Price will increase on July 8, 2022

Buyers across all retail and foodservice channels are reviewing products and programs within Fresh & Frozen Seafood, as well as Seafood Alternatives. 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