MONTREAL — SIAL Canada is back for its 15th edition in Montreal from May 2 to 4, 2018, bringing together more than 1,000 exhibitors from the retail, foodservice and food-processing industries. More than 8,500 professional visitors are expected to attend the show.
With more than 500 Canadian businesses represented and a strong contingent of provincial partners on hand again this year — including Aliments du Québec, the Conseil de la transformation alimentaire du Québec and Export Group, as well as a number of Canadian associations that support the brand’s efforts — SIAL Canada has become the platform for all Canada has to offer. For the first time at SIAL, an Atlantic pavilion will showcase the Maritime Provinces.
This year, Spain will be the country of honour for SIAL Canada, highlighting the importance and close ties between our economies and agri-food sectors.
Following the success of the first edition of the American Buyers Program in Montreal in 2016, SIAL Canada 2018 will offer U.S. buyers and importers a unique meeting platform and a special experience as part of the show. In partnership with the AFI — the association representing American importers and retailers — the program will welcome buyers from around the world, including France, Japan, the United Arab Emirates, in partnership with MAPAQ, OMAFRA, EDC, COTA, the government of Alberta and the ADA.
This year’s SIAL Innovation Contest — made up of food-industry experts and held in partnership with XTC World Innovation — will hand out three Grand Prizes, offering winners the opportunity to travel around the world with all SIAL shows. The finalists, including the Grand Prize winners, will be present at the SIAL Innovation space located at the heart of the show.
Visitors are invited to discover the various sections at the show’s 2018 edition, including foodservice and ready-to-eat; the SET section for equipment, technology, packaging and supply chains; the organic and well-being section; and two new areas — one for cheeses and microbrewery beers and the other for drinks, where it will be possible to attend the new Inspire Drink event.