May 23, 2019

FoodProWest is the key industry buyers tradeshow and industry exhibition for all BC food, beverage, and natural health products processors; a place to congregate, network and connect with buyers, retailers, customers, and key industry players. The BCFPA has partnered with the BC government to bring in buyers from across Canada to see your products and make listing deals. 55 processor booths and 40 associate booths in one venue!

New for 2019:  Investors Mission - meet investors who want to help food companies grow!   Tour de Chefs - dozens of regional chefs looking for new products to work with!


For the first time ever, Product of the Year will be broadcasted LIVE at FoodProWest!  Cheer on your favourite brands, hear inspiring stories of local entrepreneurs, and be the first to see the newest, most innovative products on the West Coast! 

New for 2019:  the Product of the Year Pitch Competition!  Our annual ‘Dragon’s Den’ style event, where BC’s food, beverage, and NHP companies pitch in front a panel of judges to win Product of the Year Gold, Silver, and Bronze.  The 2019 Product of the Year Pitch Day will be at FoodProWest on June 3.  Winners will be announced at the BC Food and Beverage Awards Gala on September 17th. This year, Natural Health Products will be judged in their own category! Friends, family, fans, and staff can nominate a product.

See the latest in innovation and watch Product of the Year broadcasted LIVE for the first time at FoodProWest! Walk the trade show floor for the latest in food and beverage processing, packaging, financing, ingredients, and more.
Who Attends FoodProWest?
FoodProWest provides a unique opportunity to access hundreds of customers, suppliers, and industry connections: 
Food and Beverage Manufacturers
Natural Health Product Manufacturers
Category buyers from Canadian Retailers 
Local Chefs
Accredited Investors
Industry Professionals & Consultants

Product and service suppliers (equipment, packaging, marketing, and more)
Government Agencies: Health Canada, Agriculture Canada, BC Ministry of Agriculture

The Honourable Lana Popham, Minister of Agriculture


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Bordeaux,May21,2019 The 20th edition of VinexpoBordeaux has come to a successful close, having welcomed 1,600 international exhibitors from 30 countries and industry professionals visiting from around the globe. China, the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and Spain were among the top visiting countries in 2019. Held at Bordeaux’s Parc des Expositions, this year saw four full days of exhibits, networking opportunities and hard-hitting educational opportunities, including the new “Act for Change” Symposium, a ground-breaking event exploring the effects of climate change on the world’s vineyards, vineyard management, winemaking and wine economy. Additionally, in a strategic move by Vinexpo, this year’s exhibition was rescaled to ensure a more effective format that focuses on a quality experience for both exhibitor and attendee alike. The exhibition also benefited from the newly refurbished Hall 2 (Palais 2 Atlantique).

Business Success

With more than 2,300 qualified meetings arranged, and key decision-makers making up 65 percent of all exhibition visitors, Vinexpo Bordeaux ensured another fruitful year of business in the wine industry. From time spent on negotiations and the quality of contacts generated, to the volume of deals closed, exhibitors raved at their successes in 2019. “Vinexpo shows are great. We have been coming to Bordeaux for 30 years and to Vinexpo Hong Kong for 20 years,” said Graham Taylor, managing director of Glasgow Whisky in Scotland. “The show opened an hour ago and I have already met customers from India and Russia.” Similar satisfaction was shown from buyers such as Truls Flakstad, a Norwegian importer (PROCURA), who said, “I appreciate the effectiveness of the One to Wine meetings. The meetings are prepared in advance, are vetted, and I was delighted with the result. For example, my first two meetings resulted in immediate deals and the others enabled me to plan ahead for the long-term.”

An Organic, Biodynamic Focus

2019 also saw the return of WOW! (World of Organic Wines)—a space dedicated entirely to organic and biodynamic wines that featured 150 producers from ten countries. Based on its considerable success, participants like Andrea Lotti, managing director of the Lechburg Winery in Romania, have already committed to the initiative in future, saying, “We signed our first international order in the WOW! space at Vinexpo Hong Kong 2018 and took part in WOW! at Vinexpo Bordeaux to further develop our exports. We intend to exhibit in Shanghai and New York as well.”

Acclaimed Content

Once again, Vinexpo showed its commitment to providing meaningful, relevant programming, which has long been a part of the its DNA. Among this year’s seminars, conferences and educational events:

  • 650 attendees took part in the “Act for Change” Symposium, which brought together some of the world’s foremost scientists, economists, academics and wine industry professionals for three unique sessions on the impact of global climate change, as well as expert roundtables and debates on related topics. Offered in association with Nouvelle-Aquitaine Regional Council and moderated by CNN correspondent Jim Bittermann, it was the first international symposium of its kind and will take place at future Vinexpo Bordeaux exhibitions.
  • 300 participants took part in Vinexpo’s e-commerce conference on “How to optimize sales online,” with a panel consisting of the CEO of Vivino, Le Petit Ballon, Tannico, Alibaba-Tmall and IWSR.
  • The Vinexpo Academy also enjoyed a successful year, providing a strong platform for the exchange of ideas during 12 conferences and 24 tastings devoted to wines and spirits from around the world, as well as master classes, battles and other events. Reflecting on the series, American sommelier Derrick C. Westbrook (LLC-USA) said, “Vinexpo is an opportunity to build networks and discover trends in the industry, and these master classes show promise for the future.”

New and Returning Networking Opportunities

Vinexpo Bordeaux 2019 debuted two exciting networking opportunities—La Grande Dégustation and the Diner du Palais—and brought back its popular after-work party, The Blend. All three events took place at the impressive Palais de la Bourse, a historic venue in the city center of Bordeaux. Recognizing that direct contact with consumers provides exhibitors with instant market feedback and a better understanding of the public’s expectations, Vinexpo and Terre de Vins joined forces to create La Grande Dégustation, a unique tasting event in which wine lovers and members of the public were able to taste a selection of international wines from the most renowned wine regions—all on offer at Vinexpo Bordeaux. At the Diner du Palais, exhibitors took advantage of an exclusive opportunity to showcase their wines at the prestigious dinner prepared by renowned chefs Michel Roth and François Adamski of the Michelin-starred MOF and Bocuse d’Or. Vinexpo’s official after-hours event, The Blend, was a perfect opportunity for exhibitors, visitors and media to network with fellow wine professionals in a friendly atmosphere while enjoying a unique selection of wines, spirits and champagnes.

Looking to the Future

In 2021, to celebrate its 40th anniversary, Vinexpo Bordeaux will create a new business model whilst safeguarding its identity and well-established values. Rodolphe Lameyse, CEO of Vinexpo, who took up his role 30 days before the exhibition, said, “The figures indicate the need for a radical change of strategy to relaunch Vinexpo Bordeaux, and for it to exist harmoniously with Vinexpo Paris.” He added, “We must build on our strengths to reinvent ourselves. This new direction is based on three key features: business, content and experiences.”

Vinexpo’s upcoming events:

  • Shanghai (October 23-25, 2019)
  • Paris (February 10-12, 2020), in partnership with Wine Paris
  • New York (March 2-3, 2020)

Hong Kong (May 26-28, 2020)


MONTRÉAL, May 21, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ - Chef Normand Laprise and Christine Lamarche, co-owners of the renowned Toqué! and Brasserie T !, are opening a brand new restaurant, Beau Mont. The establishment is located at 950 Beaumont Street in Parc-Extension, a booming Montréal neighborhood. This fall, a grocery-counter section will also open, allowing customers to bring home some of the high quality local products found in the restaurant. This project was developed in collaboration with creative agency Sid Lee and Sid Lee Architecture.

Putting the spotlight on local products
Beau Mont joins the culinary philosophy of the group by inviting the public to see beyond the plate and discover the culinary heritage of Quebec. This commitment is part of Chef Normand Laprise's broader vision of ensuring the long-term survival of Quebec producers, which has been its trademark for nearly 30 years. "We need to continue putting forward the work of our local producers. Supporting them is an essential value for me, he says. Traceability is therefore the inevitable way to value their work." This new project will help develop and push the group's culinary philosophy even further.

Cultivating the art of simplicity
Halfway between the elegance of Toqué! and the conviviality of Brasserie T !, Beau Mont offers a simple and tasty market cuisine, featuring traceable seasonal products, fresh vegetables and clean preparations while acting as a showcase for small Quebec artisans. The restaurant menu will be constantly evolving to adapt to the seasons and respect the capacity of local producers. The open kitchen also allows to admire the brigade at work.

A décor paying tribute to our culinary history 
In the spirit of a workshop-grocery store, the world of Beau Mont is raw and built on "found objects." The chairs, stools and table legs were taken from previous Toqué! locations and have been restored. Mementos collected from the chef's trips and meetings complement the decor and everyday tools in a simple and lively amalgam.

"In imagining the Beau Mont, we opened up and learned about Normand Laprise as a person. The experience that is now offered to customers is very personal and unpretentious," says Jean Pelland, Architect and Senior Partner at Sid Lee Architecture.

The photos exhibited in the restaurant are signed Dominique Malaterre, renowned photographer and regular collaborator of the various projects of the family. "The great cathedrals are not just built of stone: the immensity of the mysterious landscapes of Kamouraska is, in this photographic installation, echoing the nobility of the artisans of Quebec gastronomy." explains the artist.

The 70-seat restaurant is currently open 5 days a week and will be open 7 days as of mid-June.

To discover the project, the public is invited to visit:


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