US ECRM Virtual B2B Program

July - December 2021

virtual

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:


Snack Summer Program, July 26-28, 2021 – 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 the list of buyers at this link.


Center Store Grocery Summer Program, July 27-29, 2021 – register at this link

At this sourcing and planning review suppliers of Canned Foods, Breakfast, Baking, Condiments & Dressings, Dry & Boxed Foods, Sauces & Spreads, and Natural, Organic items will present new items and promotional opportunities to buyers from across all retail channels for everyday planning and 2022 Summer Holidays. Review the list of buyers at this link.


Ethnic & Multicultural Foods Program, July 27-29, 2021 – register at this link
Suppliers with Hispanic, Asian, Indian, Kosher, European Food Import items and other types of shelf stable ethnic food & beverages will present to buyers from the US and Canada across all retail channels. Review the list of buyers at this link.


The Beverage, Summer Program, July 28-30, 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. Review the list of buyers at this link.


Coffee, Tea & Cocoa, Fall Program, August 16-18, 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. Review the list of buyers at this link.


Natural, Organic & Healthy Foods – Center of Store Program, August 16-19, 2021 – 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 the list of buyers at this link


Deli, Dairy & Bakery, Fall Program, August 23-25, 2021 – register at this link
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 the list of buyers at this link


On-Premises Adult Beverage Program, August 23-24, 2021 – register at this link

Wine, beer, spirit, pre-made cocktail/mixer producers, non-alcoholic beverages, importers, distributors and exporters will present products to an audience of on-premise buyers (restaurants, hotels, resorts/parks, cruise lines, and airlines), as well as distributors and importers. Review the list of buyers at this link


Frozen Foods, Fall Program, August 24-26, 2021 – register at this link
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 the list of buyers at this link


Off-Premises Adult Beverage Program, August 24-26, 2021 – register at this link
Wine, beer, spirit, pre-made cocktail/mixer producers, non-alcoholic beverages, importers, distributors and exporters from around the world will present products to a global audience of buyers from off-premise retail accounts, as well as distributors and importers. Review the list of buyers at this link


Natural, Organic & Healthy Foods – Perimeter of Store Program, August 25-27, 2021 – 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 the list of buyers at this link


Candy Planning: Everyday & Summer Seasonal Program, August 30-September 10, 2021 – register at this link
Confectionery suppliers will present programs for basic assortments, everyday, and summer seasonal promotions to retailers across all channels. Review the list of buyers at this link


The 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


Plant-Based Food and Beverage Program, October 25-28, 2021 – register at this link – price goes up on July 30, 2021

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


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


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 – price goes up on July 30, 2021

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 – price goes up on August 6, 2021

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 – price goes up on July 23, 2021

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 – price goes up on July 23, 2021

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


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


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