Top 10 In Grocery for 2019 announced at Grocery & Specialty Food West
Items include a cannabis gummy kit, meat protein bars, and reinvented cookie dough
Western Canada’s largest B2B grocery trade show and conference, the Grocery & Specialty Food West (GSFW), returned for its monumental 30th anniversary at the Vancouver Convention Centre EAST (999 Canada Place) on Monday, April 1, 2019 and continues until April 2, 2019.
Day one of GSFW brought in over 2,000 attendees to discover the latest industry trends, new products, and networking opportunities the show had to offer. The show also featured 300 booths featuring grocery suppliers, foods, technologies, appliances, and a plethora of international and local foods.
In addition to its various exhibits, workshops, and keynote sessions from grocery industry professionals, the GSFW also incorporated its highly anticipated Top 10 in Grocerycontest into the show. Items from the New Product Showcase were to be judged by local food experts on attributes such as practicality, packaging, innovation and more.
Winners of Top 10 in Grocery for 2019 (listed in no particular order):
Best Frozen: Frozen organic, gluten-free beef & turkey lasagnas (McLean Meats) – Booth 905
Best Beverage: Ginger Beer, Root Beer, Grapefruit, Orange Cream Soda, Cream Soda, Black Cherry Cola (Grizzly Paw Soda Company) – Booth 1724
Best Specialty: Zen Zingers Cannabis Gummy Candy Making Kit (Paracanna) – Buy BC Pavilion Booth 1215
Best Convenience Product: Eggs2go! Omega-3 6pk Resealable Pouch Hard Boiled & Peeled Eggs (Burnbrae Farms) – Booth 407
Best Local/Made in Canada: Sweet, savoury, and spicy preserves (SaltSpring Kitchen Co.) – Buy BC Pavilion Booth 1215
Best Sustainable: Compostable Cups (Dart Canada) – Booth 1120
Judges for this year’s Top 10 in Grocery:
- Rich Won – Daily Hive
- Frank Yeo – Western Grocer
- Kristin Laird – Canadian Grocer
Best booth winners include:
- Best Marketed: Kraft Heinz Canada – Booth 715
- Best Single Booth: Bear Essential Oils – Booth 722
- Best Double Booth: Solo Cup (Dart Canada Inc.) – Booth 1120
- Best Multi Booth: Rational Canada – Booth 1001
As a fast-paced industry valued at $120-billion, GSFW is proud to be the trusted epicentre where thousands of thought-leaders gather to network, to learn and to collaborate in shaping the future of the Canadian grocery industry.
Next year’s Grocery & Specialty Food West returns to Vancouver April 27 to 28, 2020 at the Vancouver Convention Centre EAST. More information to come.