2014 Grocery Showcase West was just over the weekend of April 6th and 7th at the Vancouver Convention Centre. As this event not open to the public, we were extremely excited to get the behind the scenes action on all the new flavors coming to a Grocery or Supermarket near you. For those unfamiliar with Grocery Showcase, it is where Brands and Exhibitors look to better position themselves in the market place as well as to expand in Western Canada. Similar to EAT! Vancouver and Canadian Health Food Association #CHFAwest exhibitions, the Grocery Showcase is an opportunity to see the latest innovations and hottest trends – an absolute must see area for any grocery professional!
Various sales marketing and retail merchandising solutions company like Acosta will feature their stellar brands and allow for sample of crowd favorites and new flavors. And then there is also Mondelez International that brings you Chips Ahoy! Triscuit, Halsls and Cadbury. Some items have not even hit the shelves yet!
Chips are my vice such as Lay’s and Cheetos Mix Ups.
Triscuit Thin Crips in healthier brown rice recipes and my favorite was Sundried Tomato & Basil.
Cadbury Chocolates with new chocolate flavors such as cookie dough, caramel popcorn and Crunchums. All have a salty and sweet mixed with crunchiness.
Soda Stream: makes water less boring with portable carbonation. I was really excited when I Samsung SodaStream Refrigerator ($3,900). This is the first fridge with a carbonated water option – Soda Stream Tech. If replacing a new fridge unit isn’t in the budget, perhaps consider a standalone option complete with various flavors such as cola, ocean spray, and other natural fruit flavors. I wasn’t very fond of the heavy aspartame in the cola. But a homemade Pellegrino sounds delicious!
I grew up with Mr Christie Chips Ahoy! The coming season he has some pretty delicious recipes such as Dulce de Leche and Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream. They are soft and chewy.
Frozen Coconut is ice cream made with coconut milk and has less water than their competitors. It is sweetened with 100% Agave syrup. It is gluten free, dairy free, nut free and soy free. My favorite was the original and the lemon meringue flavours.
Various cheese brands such as OKA could be found throughout the exhibition.
Biologique Olymic Krema yogurt. Yogurt makes for a delicious salad dressing and a healthy homeamde berry parfait.
Silk Almond Coconut Blend is the first for Silk. Now you can enjoy both the sweetness and creaminess of Almond and Coconut Milk.
Kidd Bros Honey is 100% Pure natural. This is the honey my mom always buys and what I grew up with. The blue jar is hand made and contains natural raw honey. It density is a little lighter and will not harden over time.
POM pomogranate juice and Wonderful pistachios.
Wise Bites is great an alternative to muffins. It is made with quinoa and is free from the top 11 allergens.
Boxed Water is Better. It is BPA free and does not have the plastic tastes of regular plastic bottle water.
Grocery Showcase West 2014 Exhibitors List
Number Location Name
303 Canadian Grocer
305 Retail Learning Institute or CFIG Online
307 Distribution Canada Inc.
309 Kost Klip Manufacturing Ltd.
311 Nimbus Water Systems Inc.
314 CHEP Canada Inc.
315 River Ranch Fresh Foods
321A Sunshine Pickles
324 Ecolab Ltd
400 On Route Distribution Inc.
401 I-D Foods Corporation
404 Federated Insurance
406 Daniel Le Chocolat Belge
407 JD Farms Specialty Turkey
409 Krinos Foods
410 Etalex Inc.
414 Unitex Sales Ltd.
415 L.B. Maple Treat Inc.
417 Grocery Business Media Inc.
419 Western Spring And Wire Ltd.
421 Sara’s Ice Cream
422 International Herbs Ltd.
423 Sellers Publishing
500 Heatcraft Worldwide Refrigeration
501 IDEON Packaging LLP
505 McCain Foods (Canada)
514 Parmalat Canada Inc.
515 PepsiCo Beverages Canada
518 Anita’s Organic Grain & Flour Mill
519 Golden Valley Foods Ltd.
520 Best Gourmet Coffee Wholesales Ltd.
521 Phillips Soda Works
521 Lekker Foods
522 Miwe Canada Inc
523 OK Frozen Dough
601 Solo Cup Canada
605 CCD International Trading & Marketing Ltd.
609 Unilever Canada
615 Nestle Canada Inc.
618 CMR Home Entertainment
619 Uneek Brands
620 Digi Canada Inc.
623 Cavendish Farms
700 Hussmann Canada Inc.
701 Organika Health Products Inc.
705 Amerlux Lighting Solutions
706 Trumps Food Interest Ltd.
709 Canadian Food & Grocery Industry Guide
711 The Grocery People Ltd.
715 Weston Foods (Canada) Inc.
718 A. Lassonde Inc.
720 Alfa 1/L’Oliveraie Quality Whole Foods Inc.
722 GLH Vending
723 Inform Food Brokerage Inc.
800 Procter & Gamble
801 Howell Data Systems
804 Tree of Life
805 Diva International Inc.
807 Tree of Life
809 Macdonalds Consolidated
815 Kruger Products L.P.
819 DC Payments Inc.
821 Dan-D Foods Ltd.
901 Coca-Cola Refreshments Canada
904 Bagcraft Papercon
907 Maple Leaf Foods Inc.
908 Saputo Dairy Products Canada G. P.
914 Sun-Rype Products Ltd.
915 Kraft Canada Inc.
Western Grocer Magazine (Mercury
920 Canda Six Fortune Enterprise Co. Ltd.
921 SodaStream Canada
1001 Loblaw Companies Ltd.
1004 Moccia & Urbani
1005 Old Dutch Foods Ltd.
1009 Jack Links Company Canada
1015 Mondelez Canada Inc.
1021 AWP/Advance Wire Products Ltd.
1023 Universal Impex Corporation
1100 Arneg Canada Inc.
1101 Advantage Sales and Marketing Canada
1105 Systemes L.M.P. Inc.
1106 FMS Solutions Inc.
1108 Campbell Company of Canada
1109 Associated Grocers/ Buy-Low Foods
1115 General Mills Canada, Corp.
1119 GMCR Canada
1120 Canada First Brands (Willard Group Inc.)
1122 Glenwood Label And Box Mfg. Ltd.
1201 EcoDurable Products by Colnuck
1203 Atlantic Stainless Fabricators Ltd.
1204 Burnbrae Farms Ltd.
1205 A. Bosa & Co. Ltd. (Bosa Foods)
1206 Woolwich Dairy Inc.
1215 Agropur Cooperative
1218 Idea Worldwide Foods
1220 Ishida Canada Inc.
1221 Rockwell’s Whole Foods
1300 Acosta Sales & Marketing
1315 Dairy Farmers of Canada
1320 Chapman’s Ice Cream
1401 Edoko Food Importers Ltd.
1409 Fazio Foods International Ltd
1423 RCG Inc Rochester Consulting Group
1704B Nature’s Choice
1712 Gramma Dee’s Gourmet Snacks
1714 PECO Pallet Inc.
1716 Varavoot Industry Ltd., Part.
1718 Double D Beverage Co.
1720 CashTech Currency Products Inc.
1730 ItalPasta Limited
1732 Bee Maid Honey Limited
1736 Frobisher International Enterprise Ltd
1744 Everest Enterprises International LTD
1748 GBS Food Service Equipment Inc.
1754 Canadian Organic Spice & Herb Co. Inc.
1756 European Food Group Inc.
1758 Park’s Bread ‘N’ Buns Factory Ltd.
1760 Thank You Products TM
1762 Jesse Tree Importing
1764 Cheeky Umbrella
1766 Lakeview Farms