Attend International Trade Shows

The Prairie Organic Grain Initiative provides 50% subsidies to export-ready companies attending international trade shows. Buyer missions abroad increase the sale of prairie organic grain and grain-based products, increase profitability for producers and processors, and improve market access.

To apply for funding to a show listed below, please complete the funding application form and submit to the Prairie Organic Grain Initiative.

 

Please see application form for details on exhibiting costs, eligibility requirements, and what types of expenses are covered.

If you would like to attend a show that is not listed below, please submit an application form, as well as a summary of the trends and demands for organic ingredients that you will be targeting by attending the show, why that show is of particular interest for your products (note we only support organic sales) and the scale of sales you foresee coming out of attendance at the show.

2018 International Trade Shows

Natural Products Expo East: September 13-16, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Deadline to apply August 10, 2018.

Over 28,000 people and 1,450 exhibitors attended this event last year, including both organic and natural products. Natural Products Expo East is timed in early fall to offer an opportunity for brands to showcase products ahead of the new year, making it an essential event for spotting trends in food and beverage products. Click here to learn more about Natural Products Expo East.

CHFA East: September 13-16, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario.

Deadline to apply August 13, 2018.

This conference and trade show includes over 800 exhibits, educational seminars and a showcase of innovative new products. It attracts manufacturers, distributors and brokers from across the country. Click here to learn more about CHFA East.

SIALOctober 21-25, 2018 in Paris, France.

Deadline to apply September 21, 2018.

In October 2018, SIAL Paris will be the largest international marketplace for foodservice professionals seeking inspiration. About one third of SIAL Paris exhibitors display food service products. More than 7,020 French and international exhibitors from 109 countries display their foodstuffs at SIAL Paris, ranging from ingredient to processed products, including fresh produce. Click here to learn more.

SupplySide WestNovember 6-10, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Deadline to apply October 5, 2018.

SupplySide West brings together more than 15,000 ingredient buyers and suppliers from the dietary supplement, beverage, functional food, personal care and sports nutrition industries. Click here to learn more about SupplySide West.

PLMA: November 11-13, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois.

Deadline to apply October 11, 2018.

What do you see when you look into the future? Do you see opportunities and breakthroughs or problems and obstacles? Store brands is based on optimism. It is all about taking advantage of the future and growing. That is what you will see for yourself if you exhibit or attend PLMA’s 2018 Private Label Trade Show. Buyers from every channel will be at the 2018 show. Today’s supermarkets, supercenters, drug chains, mass merchandisers, wholesalers and more, looking for new products and identifying new suppliers. Click here to learn more about the PLMA trade show.

2019 International Trade Shows

Organic & Natural Products Expo Japan: January 23-25, 2019 in Koto, Japan.

Deadline to apply December 21, 2019.

This event showcases products like Beverage, Sweets, Organic & Natural Personal Care Products, Natural Clothing, Macrobiotics, Vegetarian Food, Organic Alcohol and many more etc. in the Natural & Organic industry. Click here to learn more about Organic & Natural Products Expo Japan.

BioFach: February 13-16, 2019 in Nuremberg, Germany.

Deadline to apply January 11, 2019.

BioFach is the world’s largest organic trade show and a key place to do business. If you are at all interested in the European market, this is the place for you. It is the perfect opportunity for visiting professionals to meet organic producers from the organic market and be inspired by the sector’s latest trends. Click here to learn more about BioFach.

Gulf Food: February 17-21, 2019 in Dubai, UAE.

Deadline to apply January 17, 2019.

In a market valued at more than $5 trillion globally, the business opportunities are vast and the stakes are high. To grow, you must remain agile, sourcing the latest products from the most competitive suppliers armed with real-time knowledge of industry pricing and forthcoming trends. Click here to learn more about Gulf Food.

MOSES: February 21-23, 2019 in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

Deadline to apply January 21, 2019.

The MOSES Conference is the largest event in the U.S. about organic and sustainable farming, offering 65 workshops over 6 sessions, inspiring keynotes, engaging roundtables, and a resource-packed Exhibit Hall with over 170 vendors. Click here to learn more about MOSES.

CHFA West: February 21-24, 2019 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Deadline to apply January 21, 2019.

This conference and trade show includes over 800 exhibits, educational seminars and a showcase of innovative new products. It attracts manufacturers, distributors and brokers from across the country. Click here to learn more about CHFA West.

Natural Products Expo West & Engredea: March 5-9, 2019 in Anaheim, California.

Deadline to apply February 5, 2019.

Natural Products West & Engredea continue to break records, highlighting the rapid growth in organic and natural products. This annual event maintains its status as the “single most important opportunity for launching new products, spotting leading trends from all over the world, and a gathering place for the entire industry.” Click here to learn more about Natural Products West and Engredea.

SupplySide East: April 9 & 10, 2019 in Seacaucus, New Jersey.

Deadline to apply March 8, 2019.

In an increasingly competitive market, it’s critical to build brand loyalty and get face time with key CPG manufacturers that are looking for innovative ingredients and services. If you’re looking to grow your business, it’s time to exhibit at SupplySide East—the East Coast’s leading ingredient and solutions trade show where science & strategy intersect. Click here to learn more about SupplySide East.

SIAL Canada: April 30 – May 2, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario.

Deadline to apply March 29, 2019.

SIAL Canada is not only key to the Canadian agrifood industry, it is also a privileged entryway to the US and international markets. Indeed SIAL is now the only event of its scale in Canada, with more than 850 national and international exhibitors from 50 countries hosting over 15,000 buyers from Canada, the U.S., and 60 other countries. Click here to learn more about SIAL Canada.

IFT Food Innovation Show: July, 2019 (Exact date TBD) in Chicago, Illinois.

IFT is the largest gathering of product development and R&D decision makers in the food manufacturing sector. More than 18,000 of the world’s top food science and technology professionals, representing the most prominent organizations in the global food sector, will attend this event to learn about the most recent product, ingredient, and technology developments, and their potential business impact, as well as to identify trends that will shape the industry. Click here to learn more about IFT.

If you have any questions, comments, or feedback, please contact us:

Phone: (587) 521-2400
Email: info@prairieorganicgrain.org

Resources to Help Grow Your Export Business

Your Sell Sheet: This Alberta Agriculture and Forestry fact sheet teaches you, as a business owner, how to define your target audience, convey key benefits, and creative an effective sell sheet to promote your products or services. Click here to read the fact sheet.

Step-by-step Guide to ExportingThe Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) has launched a Step-by-step Guide to Exporting, which contains practical insight gathered from Trade Commissioners around the world who each year support thousands of Canadian companies to export successfully. Whether you are a novice, intermediate or advanced exporter, the 90‑page Guide provides the resources you need to close more deals, enter more markets and be more competitive. Click here to download the guide (sign in via My TCS required).

Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture Exporters’ Guide to the United States MarketThe Exporters’ Guide to the United States Market is a step-by-step handbook on how companies and producers can export to the United States. This comprehensive handbook will assist you with varying levels of export experience to develop/refresh and implement your United States strategy. Click here to read more and request the guide. If you are a Saskatchewan-based company, contact ashli.andreas@gov.sk.ca for any export related questions or resources.

JAS Certified Importers: The JAS Standards for organic plants and organic processed foods of plant origin were established in 2000 on the basis with the Guidelines for the Production, Processing, Labelling and Marketing of Organically Produced Foods which were adopted by the Codex Alimentarius Commission. Click here for a list of JAS Certified Importers.

Potential Costs of Entering Global MarketsThere are many costs associated with entering a foreign market. Make sure you are aware of these costs as they will impact your final price and also bottom line. Click here to read the fact sheet.

Brokers and Distributors: Your Partner in the MarketBrokers and distributors link manufacturers to retailers and can help you sell your product but for a fee or commission. Hiring a broker or distributor is not necessary but they can be an essential partner to help you to build your brand and reach into new markets. Click here to learn more.

Meeting with Buyers: Be Prepared For the MeetingMeeting with buyers is one of the key components to making your products a success. It is important to be prepared for these meetings so you can accomplish your objectives and make an effective presentation. Click here to learn how to prepare for the meeting.

Certificate of Free SaleA certificate of free sale is a document required in certain countries or for certain commodities, certifying that the specified imported goods are normally and freely sold in the exporting country’s open markets and are approved for export. Click here for more information.

Exporter Directory

Our export directory lists organic farmers and business from across the prairies, who offer products and commodities to importers, distributors and buyers located outside of Canada. Gain vital exposure to export markets around the world, and be promoted throughout the US and internationally at trade missions attended by the Prairie Organic Grain Initiative.

Why Source from the Canadian Prairies?

The wealth of natural resources,biodiversity, and wide open spaces found on the Canadian Prairies provide the perfect place to grow the world’s highest quality organic grains. A long history of Canadian organic production has resulted in a wealth of knowledge, a strong community of experts, and lasting traditions that produce exceptional products.Canadian organic grain producers from across the Prairies have worked hard for generations to bring you our tradition of pure, wholesome, quality Canadian organic grains.

Check out our brochure below to learn more about Prairie Organic Grains!