The Canadian Produce Marketing Association’s (CPMA) Annual Convention & Trade Show will descend upon the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, April 17 to 19, 2013. This 88th edition of CPMA’s keystone event is already 96 percent sold, and with only 18 precious exhibits spaces still available, it’s on target to be the largest yet.
CPMA’s Convention & Trade Show is produced in a cyclical fashion, visiting the same four cities— Montréal, Calgary, Toronto and Vancouver—across Canada every four years. Returning to Toronto this year with 500 exhibit spaces, the 2013 event will claim 25 percent more space than it did in 2009.
CPMA is committed to delivering quality exhibitors and attendees, bringing key buyers to the trade show floor while maintaining measured expansion of the show. Balanced growth is paramount so as to avoid producing an event that is too big and commercial and instead, values the intimate and friendly environment that they’ve managed to create on the trade show floor for exhibitors and attendees alike.
“We’re always energized by the atmosphere when we bring the Convention and Trade Show to Toronto,” says Bernadette Hamel, CPMA’s 2013 convention chair and vice president of national procurement and produce for Metro Richelieu Inc. “And while we continue to grow, we are mindful of how important it is to keep the traditional feel and culture of this enduring event that allows buyers and sellers to relax, engage and build relationships that will continue to breed longstanding success for all involved.”
An exceptional program has been developed to satisfy attendees from across the produce supply chain. Highlights include:
- The New Product Showcase, where the most innovative products in the produce industry will be on display. Registration for this feature is now open.
- An expanded Retail Tour program, which will take place on Wednesday, prior to the Trade Show opening. Tickets are available for purchase via the CPMA Convention & Trade Show website or on site, as available.
- The New Retail Produce Manager program designed to engage the produce industry at the consumer, retail level.