US ECRM Virtual B2B Program

September 2021 - March 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:


Vitamin, Weight Management & Sports Nutrition Program, September 13-17, 2021 – register at this link 

Vitamin, Diet, and Nutrition suppliers will present new programs to retailers across all channels. Natural and Organic is a growing segment within these categories and will be a focus at this EPPS. Review list of buyers at this link


Diversity & Minority Owned Foodservice Program, September 14-15, 2021 – register at this link

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 list of buyers at this link.


CBD/Hemp Food and Beverage Program, October 19-20, 2021 – 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. Review list of buyers at this link.


Pet Program, October 25-28, 2021 – register at this link

The Pet 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. Review list of buyers at this link


Plant-Based Food and Beverage Program, October 25-27, 2021 – 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. Review list of buyers at this link


Seafood Program, October 26-27, 2021 – register at this link

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


Keto Food and Beverage Program, October 26-28, 2021 – 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. Review list of buyers at this link


Meat Program, October 27-28, 2021 – 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. Review list of buyers at this link


Commercial Foodservice Program, November 1-4, 2021 – 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 list of buyers at this link


Food & Beverage Opportunity Buying Program, November 2-3, 2021 – register at this link

The Food & Beverage Opportunity Buying Program is a buying session focused on opportunity buys and dollar items. Suppliers that attend will feature deals and discounts on closeouts, excess inventory, overstocks, liquidation, and discounted products. Suppliers will present limited time deals and offerings that buyers can act on quickly, during or soon after the meetings. This Program will encompass the following food and beverage categories: Snacks, Candy, Dry Grocery, and Beverage. Review list of buyers at this link


Foodservice at Retail Program, November 3-4, 2021 – 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 Ecommerce Food & Beverage Program, November 8-9, 2021 – 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.


Candy Planning – Halloween Program, December 6-8, 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


Convenience Program, January 24-27, 2022 – register at this link (price will increase on September 17th)

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 (price will increase on September 17th)

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 Coffee, Tea & Cocoa, Winter Program, February 7-9, 2022 – register at this link (price will increase on October 1st)

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, February 8-10, 2022 – register at this link (price will increase on October 1st)

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 Center Store Grocery, Winter Program, February 15-17, 2022 – register at this link (price will increase on October 1st)

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 2022 Winter Holidays. Review buyers at this link.


The Candy Planning: Christmas & Halloween Program, February 16-24, 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 (price will increase on October 1st)

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 (price will increase on December 3rd)

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.


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