SIAL Returns to Montreal

Canada-based international food show to feature new c-store focus

MONTREAL-- Canada’s leading international food and beverage exhibition, SIAL Canada, will return to Montreal for its ninth edition May 9-11 in the Palais de Congres de Montreal Exhibition Center.

The 2011 show in Toronto set records for exhibitor participation and exemplifies the global view of SIAL: 697 exhibitors (44% international) and 12,415 visitors from 62 countries.

Offering an impressive panorama of food and beverages on exhibit from 40 countries and nine Canadian provinces, SIAL Canada 2012 will bring to light dozens of innovative products through a handful of signature competitions.

The Trends & Innovations competition evaluates the most inventive new food and beverage products by a rigorous selection process and independent jury. Last year a record 52 contestants produced a telling lineup of finalists that included individual frozen potato gratins, birch syrup, onion confit with espelette pepper, and quinoa salad kits. The Grand Prize was awarded to Your Bar Factory’s 100% natural fruit bar. 

The La Cuisine by SIAL demonstration stage will introduce a new contest for corporate chefs from the food processing, food retail and foodservice industries. Strict time limits, mandatory ingredients and the theme of “Our Health in Your Hands” will set the stage for the food industry’s first corporate chef competition.

SIAL Canada 2012 organizers are also preparing other added-value features to enhance the show experience. “Hot Products” Expert Pathways will guide visitors to up-and-coming product categories such as gluten-free, fair-trade and Halal, with new routes for convenience stores and regional specialties. A three-day conference program will parallel the pathways’ themes. 

SIAL is exclusively devoted to food and beverage products, serving the needs of all market segments including large-scale distribution, import-export, wholesale distribution, specialty retail, foodservice and food manufacturing.

SIAL Canada is co-located with the SET Canada exhibition of equipment, technology and services for the food retail, foodservice and food processing industries.

Produced by Paris-based Comexposium, the No. 1 trade-show organizer in France, SIAL Canada is one of the five SIAL food and beverage exhibitions organized in the world, the largest being held in Paris since 1964. SIAL Canada rotates each year between Montreal and Toronto.

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