Learn about the economic future of the industry, consumer behaviour and trends, industry innovations and strategies for selling your business

GUELPH, Ontario and ANN ARBOR, Mich.  – Food industry professionals can gain strategic information and insight into emerging issues and trends at State of the Industry: A Canadian Food Industry Forecast on November 7 at the Pearson Convention Centre in Brampton, Ontario. Canadian food industry experts will provide an in-depth look at critical issues at this event hosted by NSF-GFTC (formerly GFTC, the Guelph Food Technology Centre), part of NSF International’s Global Food Division.

Two keynote sessions tackle the economic future of the Canadian food and beverage industry and how asking the right questions can help business leaders change their companies. Expert speakers will weigh in on consumer behaviour and trends, innovation in the food industry and strategies for preparing a business for sale.

In addition to attending these presentations, participants will have networking opportunities with peers in operations, sales, marketing, technical services, government and agri-business. Attendees will also receive access to the following research reports, recently released by the Conference Board of Canada’s Centre for Food in Canada (CFIC):

  • Pathway to Partnership? Private Food Standards in Canada
  • Toward Performance Metrics for Canada’s Food System
  • Seeds for Success: Enhancing Canada's Farming Enterprises
  • Liberalization’s Last Frontier: Canada’s Food Trade
  • Fast and Fresh: A Recipe for Canada’s Food Supply Chains
  • Reducing the Risk: Addressing the Environmental Impacts of the Food System
  • Enough for All: Household Food Security in Canada
  • Cultivating Opportunities: Canada’s Growing Appetite for Local Food

This biennial event is part of NSF-GFTC’s Strategic Symposia Series and is sponsored by BDO. For more information or to register, visit the NSF-GFTC event website.

Session Details:
Industry experts will provide two keynotes and three sessions:

  • Douglas Porter, Chief Economist for BMO Capital Markets, will present the morning keynote, Economic Outlook: The Glass is Half Full. Porter will discuss where the Canadian economy is headed in a global context. He’ll provide national, regional and financial market outlooks against the backdrop of a currency near par, fiscal restraint, a cooling housing market and record levels of household debt.
  • Amanda Lang, CBC Reporter and author of the Power of Why, delivers the afternoon keynote, How Questions and Curiosity Fuel Innovation. She’ll explain how asking the right questions has changed the world and how it can change your business, using insight from innovation gurus, little known research, the experiences of business leaders and her own candid stories of life off-camera.
  • Grant Robinson, Director of The BDO SuccessCare Program at BDO Canada, will present Business Transition – The Ultimate Long-Term Strategic Direction. About 70 percent of today’s businesses will change hands within the next five to 10 years, but only 25 percent have a plan to ensure they can exit under their own terms. Robinson will share how to integrate longer-term strategy with a proven approach to preparing the business for sale.
  • Dr. Jean-Charles Le Vallée, Senior Research Associate at the Conference Board of Canada’s Centre for Food in Canada, will present Innovation Performance in the Canadian Food Industry. He will share how Canada’s food industry is performing with respect to innovation in the global marketplace, and the effects of innovation on health and well-being, the economy, the environment and society.
  • Carman Allison, Director of Consumer Insights at Nielsen, will present Consumer Behaviours and Trends.  He will share forecasting data on consumer, business and shopping behaviour for Canada’s food and beverage industry. He will also explore how social media, rising energy prices and consumer confidence impact food costs.

About NSF-GFTC: NSF-GFTC provides food safety and quality consulting, auditing, training, quality and technical services along with innovative solutions for the food and beverage industry to help leading processors and manufacturers improve their people, process and products (www.gftc.ca). NSF-GFTC experts audit, train, consult and provide a wide array of course offerings focused on food safety, regulatory and HACCP, and are known for their Global Food Safety and Quality Benchmarked Standards series. NSF-GFTC is an Approved Training Establishment for BRC and a Licensed Training Center for SQF.

About NSF International: NSF International is a global independent organization that writes standards, and tests and certifies products for the food, water and consumer goods industries to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment (nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting human health and safety worldwide.

The NSF Global Food Division provides expertise and accredited services across all supply chain sectors, from agriculture, produce, processing, distribution and dairy, to seafood, retail and restaurants. Services include Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) certification (SQF, BRC, GLOBALG.A.P., FSSC 22000, IFS, BAP and CanadaGAP), plus expert auditing, consulting and technical services, HACCP validation and inspection, and organic and gluten-free certification through QAI (Quality Assurance International). NSF is also the leading certifier of foodservice equipment, nonfood compounds and bottled water/beverages.

Additional NSF International services include dietary supplement and nutritional ingredient certification; training, testing and consulting for the pharmaceutical and medical device industries; consumer product testing; drinking water certification and safety audits; sustainability solutions; and management systems registrations (e.g. ISO 9001, 22000, 14001).

Members of the media may gain complimentary entrance to the event. Please contact Lise Smedmor (details below) to register:

Lise Smedmor, NSF-GFTC
Phone: 519-821-1246, ext. 5024
Email: lsmedmor@nsf.org

Greta Houlahan, NSF International
Phone: 734-913-5723
Email: houlahan@nsf.org