TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 12, 2012) - The world is a complicated place, yet things remain refreshingly simple and fresh at your independent grocer. This message of consistency and quality is one of the messages that will surface at the next edition of Grocery Innovations Canada, October 1 and 2, the annual national gathering of independent grocers that is managed and organized by the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers. The event, considered to be the "grocery store" for the grocery industry, is returning to its roots in downtown Toronto with more than 100,000 square feet of trade show space at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre where a record number of exhibitors and delegates from all corners of the country will gather to talk about and plan for their 2013 groceries.
Attendances figures for both exhibitors and attendees have seen exponential growth, with 10 per cent more exhibits and 40 percent more attendees over 2011 with less than three weeks to go until the event.
"Shopping at independent grocers is more appealing today than ever before," said John F.T. Scott, President and CEO of the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers. "It's our job to help them flourish and work together as a network with the ultimate goal of meeting the unique needs of Canadian consumers. The independent segment of the grocery industry is not dated, but, in fact, growing in terms of demand and satisfaction levels as well as a sound business model."
Grocery Innovations Canada is a must-attend event for men and women working in the grocery industry, but is open to anyone. Prices start at $50 for delegates from independent grocers or $100 for those from outside the sector. Highlights include a Made in Canada pavilion, Choose Ontario Enclave, museum with historical items and a new products showcase. To date, more than 90 per cent of the spots made available at these themed pavilions have been sold. The event also serves as backdrop to the Best Bagger Contest, an annual competition in its eighth year that has been won for the past three years by Michelle Sousa of Vaughan, Ontario.
"Groceries are a staple in our lives," said Scott. "Customers like knowing that the local independent has been committed to the industry - and consumers - for years if not decades. Doing a good job for customers is on our minds, 365 days a year and, at the end of the day, that is what we celebrate at Grocery Innovations Canada."
The Canadian Federation was established in Toronto in 1962 by a group of 22 independent grocers. The organization now counts some 4,000 members from coast to coast. John Scott is the fourth president, a role he first assumed in 1991.