October 11, 2019

Many BC companies have had tremendous success in exporting to the US – some so much so where their sales to the US exceed their domestic sales. But it’s a large, competitive market with US and foreign companies alike fighting for shelf space, distribution and market share. Knowing how to approach the US market is important, and at this Breakfast Series, we will provide you with the tools you need to create an effective export plan.

Thursday, November 7th, 2019 at 7:30AM

Executive Suites Hotel in Burnaby

Supported by Fasken & Export Development Canada (EDC)

Member Pricing: $45    |    Non-Member Pricing: $75

Register today!

What to Expect:


Export Checklist for Processors, with MNP LLP

  • High-level assessment/checklist to help processors determine that they are ready to export
  • Best practices for market research and planning
  • Best practices for penetrating the right markets
  • Summary of industry & government resources to support the development of their export plan  

EDCPresents: Securing and Financing Your Export Plan

  • Insuring exports to the US, identifying and mitigating payment risks
  • Financing the expansion and helping with investments and acquisitions in the US

Getting it Right Before You Export, withRob Arthurs, ofRobert A. Arthurs International

  • Choosing the right broker, not the cheapest
  • FDA potential challenges
  • You are wanting to enter the largest consumer market in the world, are you really ready?
  • Find a mentor or a coach
  • Who is in your corner (bankers, insurance and more)?
  • Trade office help provincial and federal
  • Success stories and lessons learned from Processors

…And more!

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BOUCHERVILLE, QC, Sept. 30, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ - Bridor, the leading European-style bakery in North America, is announcing an investment of CAD $200 million over a period of five years in its North American production plants. In all, $170 million has been earmarked for its Boucherville plant. At the end of the project, this substantial amount will have enabled the company to expand its building and install new production lines to increase its pastry production capacity by 68% as of next year. This is backed by a recruitment plan for the creation of nearly 200 jobs in Canada and the U.S. Fully half of those jobs will be in the Boucherville plant.

The new announcement consolidates the leadership position that Bridor has built in the industrial bakery sector over the 35 years of its existence in North America. "Bridor has been constantly innovating in a very competitive sector to maintain its sustained growth and leadership and continues to double its turnover every five years," says Philippe Morin, Bridor's general manager. "With a worldwide presence, we want to continue to share our expertise with the largest number of people possible and keep offering our clients the best there is in terms of baked goods."

North America is a key market for Bridor to reach the global billion euro turnover milestone set for 2021.

The investment was announced during Bridor's 35th anniversary celebrations on Monday, September 30 in the presence of Louis Le Duff, Founder and President; Pierre Fitzgibbon, Member of Terrebonne and Minister of Economy and Innovation; Nathalie Roy, Member for Montarville and Minister of Culture and Communications; Kareen Rispal, France's ambassador to Canada; Sophie Lagoutte, France's Consul General in Montreal; and Jean Martel, Mayor of Boucherville as well as several business partners who came from far and wide to attend the function.

"More than ever, the Quebec government is trying to welcome and encourage foreign companies that contribute to the economic growth of the entire province. For the past 35 years, Bridor has contributed to making Montérégie a major player in Quebec's agri-food industry. It is to Quebec's credit to be able to count on a company of such calibre. That is why we are supporting this investment project, through which Bridor can continue its expansion here and internationally," says Pierre Fitzgibbon, Minister of Economy and Innovation and Minister Responsible for the Lanaudière Region.

"I wish Bridor great success and I am delighted by the visit of the 20thdelegation of companies from Brittany. Increasing economic relations between France and Quebec is Premier François Legault's priority. The large delegation of companies from Brittany in Quebec contributes significantly to the fulfilment of this objective," adds Nadine Girault, Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie.

Bridor has more than 800 employees, of whom 600 work in Canada and 200 in the United States. The Boucherville plant is the only one benefiting from the unique expertise of an in-house research and development centre featuring some fifteen talented, experienced bakers. Among its qualified workers, 30 quality control experts are on duty daily to make sure clients enjoy products of the best quality which consistently meet the strictest food safety standards. They provide a backdrop of excellence for the manufacture of some 700 types of products bearing the Bridor name in Canada and the U.S.

"Bridor's success lies in the quality of its workforce, sense of innovation and state-of-the-art industrial technology," says Louis Le Duff, President and Founder of the Le Duff Group and Bridor. These assets enable us to offer the highest quality products which perfectly meet the needs of both local and international clients." This announcement is a reflection of the Group's ambitions in North America, where it has a sales figure of $1 billion and Bridor expects an annual growth of 25%.

"This news is all the more encouraging because through this growth, we can foster solid and lasting relationships with our local business and economic partners," adds Pascale Closson-Duquette, Vice-President and Spokesperson for Bridor North America. "Our financial health allows us to remain a major employer on Montreal's South Shore, in a strategic location just 15 minutes away from Montreal."

Please note that the Boucherville plant project is part of Bridor's overall development strategy for North America and the world. Investments will also be made at the same time in the U.S., more specifically in the Bridor plant in Vineland, New Jersey.


TORONTO, Sept. 27, 2019 /CNW/ - Transparency, technology and sustainable development are three crucial factors that can reshape the contours of the food sector in the coming years. In its most recent report, Saveurs 2019, PwC Canada examines the interest of certain food sector players in transparency, sustainable development and technology, along with Canadian consumers' commitment to sustainability.

Food industry 2.0
New technologies are casting fresh light on how companies maintain consumers' trust. Initially aimed at improving operational efficiency, these technologies are now used to boost quality control and optimize food traceability, thus enabling stakeholders to reap the full benefits of farm-to-table transparency. In addition to monitoring refrigeration systems while products are being shipped or stored, sensors are now used by farmers in automated greenhouses, as well as on drones to check for crop-damaging insects.

Industry players, meanwhile, are honing their expertise with a view to adding greater value to the data they collect. In the future, emerging technologies such as block chains will track products throughout the supply chain while tracing food products and prevent data corruption. Data sharing means that standards can be met and problems can be identified upstream; companies can also be more transparent with their clients, thus reinforcing one of the key building blocks of trust. Attesting to the keen interest in data in Canada, a number of firms are seeking to develop smart labels that store detailed information on individual products. Clients can then use their smartphones or computers to search for this information as needed.

"By sharing data via the Internet of Things, businesses are becoming more efficient and transparent throughout the value chain. In addition, they are telling their story with an eye to developing and maintaining consumers' trust," says Myles Gooding, National Retail and Consumer Leader, PwC Canada.

"In the face of changing behaviour, what kind of stand should companies take? It is important for them to remain true to their values and, through their transparency efforts, to uphold the values they promote. By defining and remaining true to their mission and values, businesses can help create a client base that stays loyal to their brand," adds Marc-Stéphane Pennee, Partner, PwC Canada.

Sustainable foods
In its most recent Consumer Insight report (2019), PwC asked buyers about their willingness to pay more for foods with various sustainability attributes. One finding stands out: consumers' awareness of their environmental footprint is growing.

Meanwhile, another trend is emerging: 65% of Canadian respondents said they were willing to pay more for locally sourced foods. As regards organic produce, 46% of consumers said they would be willing to pay more, while 40% said they would do so for sustainable packaging. These figures were even higher at the global level, with 66% committed to locally produced food, 54% to organic produce and 44% to sustainable packaging. In addition, slightly more than one-third of consumers (34% in Canada and 38% worldwide) said they were willing to pay more for recognized brands in order to implement sustainable practices.

In light of these findings, a number of companies are taking steps to meet consumer demand – for example, by including social responsibility in their corporate values or by aligning their business objectives with food sustainability criteria.

Click here to access the full report. 


MISSISSAUGA, ON, Sept. 26, 2019 /CNW/ - Food & Consumer Products of Canada (FCPC) today called on political candidates and party leaders to ensure the next government strengthens Canada's largest manufacturing employer. 

Nearly 300,000 workers rely on the sector, which is also the overall top employer in rural Canada.  Yet, barriers to growth cost Canada 12 jobs in the sector every single day between 2012 and 2017. 

FCPC CEO Michael Graydon said: "Food is fundamental to Canada's families, farmers, economy, and environment.  We employ more people than any other manufacturing sector, and we have taken bold steps to deliver products Canadians rely on, more sustainably than ever before."

"Our commitments are ambitious," Graydon continued, "and we need government to enable an environment that makes Canada a food powerhouse now and for the future."

To remove barriers that raise food costs and impede growth, FCPC is calling on the next government to:

  • Modernize regulations: With 140,000 regulations at the federal level alone, Canada's red tape impedes innovation and competitiveness, hurting Canadian jobs and limiting the choices on grocery store shelves.
  • Enable innovation: Canada has the potential to be a global leader in innovative food and packaging solutions that address our most pressing challenges. However, current policies are driving away opportunity, with four in five new products sold on Canadian shelves developed abroad.
  • Increase access to foreign markets: Canada must negotiate and implement ambitious free trade agreements that diversify access to consumers around the world, creating new demand for the high-quality goods Canadian workers produce.
  • Level the playing field between manufacturers and retailers: With five companies controlling more than 80% of grocery stores, farmers, food manufacturers, grocers, and government must work together to find a balance that works for everyone.

Food & Consumer Products of Canada (FCPC) is the voice of the Canadian food, beverage and consumer products industry. We represent more than 100 food, beverage, and consumer product businesses of all sizes.

Food processing is the largest employer in the manufacturing sector in Canada, directly employing nearly 300,000 workers in over 6,000 manufacturing facilities from coast to coast. We contribute nearly $29 billion annually to Canada's economy and provide safe, high-quality products found in virtually every single home in Canada. 

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For facts on how food processing supports each province and territory's jobs and economy, visit


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