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Sunday, March 19, 2017

9:00am – 1:00pm Sunday Market Tour (Must be full delegates, retail members) Registration required Meet in lobby of Fairmont Waterfront Hotel
5:30pm – 7:30pm Opening Reception
All exhibitors and attendees of Grocery & Specialty Food West are invited to one of Vancouver’s iconic venues, minutes away from the Vancouver Convention Centre.
The Steamworks Brew Pub Brewery
375 Water Street, Vancouver BC


Monday, March 20, 2017

7:30am – 8:15am Breakfast Fairmont Waterfront Hotel Ballroom
8:15am – 8:30am President & CEO Message Fairmont Waterfront Hotel Ballroom
8:30am – 9:30am Keynote: Tony Chapman – Stop selling and start storytelling: In this world of abundance it is becoming increasingly difficult to get attention.   Too many products, messages, promises and competition competing for a finite amount of time.  We go on a quest to uncover the oldest and purest form of getting attention – storytelling.  We look at how the best brands incorporate storytelling, then how the Independent Grocer can master storytelling to differentiate their offering.
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Fairmont Waterfront Hotel Ballroom
9:30am – 9:45am Coffee Break Fairmont Waterfront Foyer
9:45am – 10:45am Nielsen’s Carman Allison presents 2020 Vision: Best Bets for Growth: It’s time to evolve! Canada’s dynamic retail landscape has challenged many manufacturers and retailers, forcing them to re-examine and reinforce their value proposition. Over the next 5 years, value will continue to be a key consumer motivator, but we need to look for new ways to connect with consumers to get beyond just price. We will explore 4 emerging consumer and retail trends and the effect on the consumer package goods business before this decade is out.
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Fairmont Waterfront Hotel Ballroom
11:00am – 4:30pm TRADE SHOW EXHIBITION Vancouver Convention Centre EAST
12:00pm – 1:00pm Top 10 Most Innovative Judging Vancouver Convention Centre EAST
1:00pm – 1:30pm Best Booth Judging CFIG Booth #909
1:00pm – 1:30pm  Insights & Innovations Session: Re-thinking retail food waste, sustainability, and organics, Chris Yli-Luoma @freshguru will share some of the ideas that she has researched and experienced in Canada and beyond. Explore new concepts you can take back to your grocery store on the journey from the farm to the table.
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Vancouver Convention Centre EAST
2:30pm – 3:00pm  Insights & Innovations Session: Future of Retail with Amazon Go. Western Grocer’s Frank Yeo looks at the new Amazon brick-and-mortar “Amazon Go” stores and the technology behind them and the impact on independents.
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Vancouver Convention Centre EAST
3:15pm – 3:45pm Best Booth Awards Vancouver Convention Centre EAST
 4:15pm – 5:00pm Trade Floor Mix n’ Mingle Sponsored by Overwaitea Food Group Vancouver Convention Centre EAST
6:30pm – 7:15pm  Reception Vancouver Convention Centre WEST – 3rd Level – The Summit Room
7:15pm – 9:00pm  Dinner & Entertainment with Randy Charach Vancouver Convention Centre WEST – 3rd Level – The Summit Room


Tuesday, March 21, 2017


7:15 am – 8:00 am  Breakfast Fairmont Waterfront Hotel Ballroom
8:00am – 9:00am Keynote: Trends and Challenges: Ronald Fong of The CA Grocers Association will lead a discussion with Renee Amen of Super A Foods, and Dennis Darling, Foods Etc IGA and Susanville Supermarket IGA around the trends driving change, and opportunities and obstacles in the marketplace Fairmont Waterfront Hotel Ballroom
9:00am – 9:15am Coffee Break Fairmont Waterfront Foyer
9:15am – 10:00am 3 Concurrent Workshops  Ballroom, Mackenzie Room 1 & 2
9:15am – 10:00am Workshop 1: How to convert traffic into basket: It is getting increasingly difficult to get new traffic – so we have to get our core customer to visit more often and to buy more.  Presented by Tony Chapman & Marion Curtis
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Vancouver Convention Centre EAST  Fairmont Waterfront Ballroom
9:15am – 10:00am Workshop 2: Cutting through the clutter – Claims on egg packaging have grown so complicated that even the most-discerning shoppers are sometimes befuddled. Ted Hudson, EVP at Burnbrae Farms takes retailers through the labels and which ones matter when it comes to the bottom line.
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Mackenzie Room 1
9:15am – 10:00am Workshop 3: The Buy Behind the Brand. JBS Canada’s Rob Meijer presents a session around the do’s and don’ts of branding meat in foodservice and retail.
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Mackenzie Room 2
10:00am – 10:45am WORKSHOPS REPEATED
11:00am – 4:00pm  TRADE SHOW EXHIBITION Vancouver Convention Centre East
11:00am – 4:00pm Top 10 Most Innovative Winners Outside trade show hall
1:00pm – 1:30pm Insights & Innovations Session: The Cheese Journey with Saputo’s Cheese Expert Louis Aird will offer suggestions on how to buy, sell and showcase cheeses in in this interactive session.
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Vancouver Convention Centre EAST
2:30 pm – 3:00 pm  Insights & Innovations Session: Get Saucey! Lee Kum Kee’s Roderica Mah offers the key trends in sauces and condiments and how to grow sales through effective merchandising, promotions and marketing.
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Vancouver Convention Centre EAST
 3:00pm  Trade Show Prize Draw  CFIG Members’ Booth #909



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