US Virtual B2B Program

October 2020-April 2021

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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 3 levels of participation to choose from Discovery Hub: 5 minute meetings, Innovation Pipeline: 10 minute meetings and Planning Session: 20 minute meetings. Below are the various programs currently available for registration:


CBD & Hemp Food and Beverage Program (October 26-29, 2020) – Register at this link

Food and Beverage suppliers of CBD (Hemp Derived Cannabidiol) products will present new products and programs in this trending category to buyers across retail and foodservice channels. View interim list of buyers at this link.


Pet & Pet CBD Program (October 26-29, 2020) – Register at this link

The Pet and Pet CBD Program is your one stop destination for the entire pet category. This program provides an all inclusive opportunity to present products and innovation across all categories of the pet sector. This program will also focus on trending solutions in CBD (Hemp Derived Cannabidiol) treats, food, supplements and supplies that provide anti-stress, pain management, and overall pet wellness. View interim list of buyers at this link.


Commercial Foodservice Program (November 2-5, 2020) – Register at this link

Manufacturers and suppliers of food, beverages, supplies and equipment items have the opportunity to present to foodservice operators, including restaurants, hotels, amusement parks, airlines, distributors and resorts. View interim list of buyers at this link.


Campus Foodservice Program (November 3-5, 2020) – Register at this link

Vendors with food, beverage, supplies and equipment items have the opportunity to present to campus based foodservice operators, including Colleges, Universities, Hospitals, Corporate Dining and Military. View interim list of buyers at this link.


Foodservice at Retail Program (November 4-5, 2020) – 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. View interim list of buyers at this link.


Plant Based Food and Beverage Program (November 9-12, 2020) – Register at this link

Suppliers of Plant-Based Foods as well as Vegan Foods will present to foodservice operators and retail buyers across all channels looking to capitalize on this growing trend. Categories include Snack, Beverage, Shelf Stable Grocery, Baked Goods, Frozen Foods, Refrigerated Items found in Dairy or Deli, as well as Meat Alternatives. View interim list of buyers at this link.


Meat Program (November 10-11, 2020) – Register at this link

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. View interim list of buyers at this link.


Keto Food & Beverage Program (November 10-12, 2020) – Register at this link

Suppliers of keto foods and beverages will present to buyers across all channels looking to capitalize on this growing trend. Categories include Snack, Confectionery, Beverage, Shelf Stable Grocery, Baked Goods, Frozen Foods, and Refrigerated Items found in Dairy or Deli. View interim list of buyers at this link.


Seafood Program (November 11-12, 2020) – Register at this link 

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


Candy Planning – Halloween Program (December 7-9, 2020) – Register at this link 

Confectionery suppliers will present programs for the 2021 Halloween holiday season to retailers across all channels. View interim buyers list at this link. 


Convenience Program (January 25-28, 2021) – Register at this link 

Consumable Grocery, Snack, Beverage, Candy, Frozen, Dairy, General Merchandise, CBD, Health and Beauty Care suppliers will present new programs to retailers and distributors from the convenience channel. View interim buyers list at this link.


Impulse, Front-End, & Checklane Program (January 26-29, 2021) – 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 Snacks. A special emphasis will be placed on Personal Protection Gear including; masks, gloves, hand sanitizers and antibacterial wipes & sprays. Confectionery | Snack | Beverage | Beauty | Health | Pet | Consumer Technology Accessories | Sundries | Seasonal Demands. View interim buyers list at this link.


Coffee, Tea & Cocoa, Winter Program (February 8-10, 2021) – 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. View interim list of buyers at this link. View interim buyers list at this link.


Beverage Winter Program (February 9-11, 2021) – 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.  View interim buyers list at this link.


Center Store Grocery Winter Program (February 16-18, 2021) –  Register at this link

At this sourcing and planning review suppliers of Canned Foods, Breakfast, Baking, Condiments & Dressings, Dry & Boxed Foods, Sauces & Spreads, Gift Sets, and Natural, Organic items will present new items and promotional opportunities to buyers from across all retail channels for everyday planning and 2020 Winter Holidays. View interim buyers list at this link.


Candy Planning – Christmas and Halloween Program (February 17-24, 2021) – Register at this link

Confectionery suppliers will present new items and programs for the 2021 Christmas and Halloween Holiday Seasons to buyers from retailers across all channels. View interim buyers list at this link.


Snack Winter Program (February 23-26, 2021) – 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 2020 Winter Holidays including Back to School, Thanksgiving and Christmas. View interim buyers list at this link.


The On and Off Adult Beverage Program (March 2-4, 2021) – Register at this link (price will increase on December 4th)

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. Interim buyers list not available as of yet.


The Healthy Living, Vitamin, and Nutrition Program (March 22-26, 2021) – Register at this link

Where buyers discover the latest product innovations within the Weight Management, Sports Nutrition, Vitamin and Nutrition Categories. Suppliers will present new and existing programs to buyers across all channels. View interim buyers list at this link.


Foodservice Program (March 23-25, 2021) – Register at this link (price will increase on December 11th)

Suppliers of food, beverages, technology, supplies and equipment have the opportunity to present to foodservice operators from both commercial and non-commercial sectors. View interim buyers list at this link.


Store Brands – Center of Store Program (April 12-22, 2021) – Register at this link (price will increase on November 20th)

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 store brand programs. View interim buyers list at this link.


Meat and Seafood Spring Program (April 12-22, 2021) – Register at this link (price will increase on January 29, 2021)

Buyers across all retail and foodservice channels are looking for fresh and frozen Meat and Seafood products. Conventional and Natural & Organic items are being considered. View interim buyers list at this link.


Frozen Foods Spring Program (April 12-22, 2021) – Register at this link (price will increase on January 15, 2021)

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. View interim buyers list at this link.


Deli, Dairy, Bakery Spring Program (April 12-22, 2021) – Register at this link (price will increase on January 15, 2021)

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. View interim buyers list at this link.


The Store Brand Foods – Perimeter of Store Program (April 12-22, 2021) – Register at this link (price will increase on November 20th)

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. View interim list of buyers at this link.


The Valentine’s Day Candy Boutique Program (April 19-21, 2021) – Register at this link

Confectionery suppliers will present products and programs for the 2021 Valentine’s Day Holiday Season to buyers from across all retail channels. View interim buyers list at this link.


Produce & Floral Program (April 20-21, 2021) – Register at this link (price will increase on January 29, 2021)

Buyers across all retail channels are reviewing products and programs within Produce, including fresh fruits and vegetables, beverages, bulk foods, salad dressing and toppings, snack foods, and grab and go options. Floral will be reviewed as well. View interim buyers list at this link. 


Pet Program (April 26-29, 2021) – Register at this link (price will increase on January 8, 2021)

The Pet Program is your one stop destination for the entire pet category. Retail changemakers come together with innovative brands to discover new products based on the latest trends, build meaningful relationships and streamline the existing buying and selling process. This program provides a deep dive into cutting-edge product innovation within the pet sector. Trending solutions in CBD, anti-stress and overall pet wellness will be areas of focus throughout the program. View interim buyers list 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 three 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 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: National Industry Association Component