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April 19, 2016

Lloyd to Deliver Two Dozen Ideas to Raise Your Bakery Sales at Bakery Showcase 2016

Looking for new ways to increase sales and energize staff? Internationally renowned food industry speaker and consultant Harold Lloyd will provide a fast-paced, look at the ways to build the average transaction size in your bakery. This program, based on research from more than 100 bakery visits, will focus on opportunities with employees who tend to be very production-oriented and don’t seem to be focused on selling the product at all. This session will highlight the five reasons why our employees don’t seem to care about the customer. Secondly, this session will point out 24 ways our employees can better engage the customer with the ultimate goal of building sales.

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Export Opportunities with China Trade Mission visiting Bakery Showcase 2016

The Canada China Trade Innovation Alliance, in partnership with Ontario Food Exports, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and Baking Association of Canada, have organized a unique opportunity for Canadian firms interested in exporting to China to meet an incoming mission with sixteen different importers/distributors from the Chinese baking industry. You will have the opportunity to meet with these importers and distributors and attend an informative seminar at the Ontario Investment and Trade Centre in Toronto on Thursday, April 28th and to attend a networking gala in Thornhill following the afternoon program.

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World Coming to Visit Bakery Showcase 2016

Bakery Showcase is delighted to be welcoming trade officials from around the globe for this year’s event. To-date confirmations have been received from Malaysia, Indonesia, Chile, India, and Sri Lanka with invitations pending from Columbia, Turkey, Mexico, Pakistan and Peru. In addition the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food & Rural Affairs is one again supporting a visiting trade delegation from Middle Eastern countries.

Don’t Like Line Ups and Waiting? - Online Showcase Registration Closing April 27th

Want to zip through on- site registration lines? The quickest way to get you access to Bakery Showcase is to advance register using the secure online system. With your advanced registration you will receive an email confirmation with barcode. When you arrive it's then as simple as accessing one of the many self-serve registration kiosks where you scan, pick up your badge and go. 

Join us at Bakery Showcase 2016, May 1-3, The International Centre, Toronto!

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How to turn around stale sales of fresh bread 

Making in-store bread more of a sensory experience by utilizing things like smells and sampling can help retailers improve sales in the bakery department, International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association President and CEO Mike Eardley writes. Retailers should make sure that bread offerings are fresh and include gluten-free, ancient grain and other products that could draw health-conscious shoppers, and retailers should keep in mind that bread promotions tied to special events and artisan flavors can also make the bakery a destination for shoppers, he writes.

Retailers failing to deliver on personalization: study

Digital technology has transformed consumers’ retail expectations but not most Canadian retailers, and that’s a problem, according to a new report from PwC. “For Canadian retailers to remain relevant in the eyes of their customers, they must evolve now,” says Personalizing the retail experience, PwC’s 2016 Total Retail Report. “Any delay could set retailers back far enough that they may have difficulty catching up.”

Boosting consumer confidence

With no end in sight to the slumping Canadian dollar and economy, pressure on price continues to mount in the retail sector – especially the grocery sector which is particularly susceptible to inflation. The University of Guelph’s Food Institute expects the average Canadian household will spend an additional $345 on groceries in 2016.While this might seem like great news for retailers, the reality is that consumer confidence is on the decline. 

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Carbohydrates, Grains, and Wheat in Nutrition and Health: Their Relation to Digestion, Digestive Disorders, Blood Glucose, and Inflammation

In this third article in a series about grains in the diet, HGI Scientific Advisory Council member, Dr. Julie Miller Jones, examines how different carbohydrates affect insulin levels, inflammation, the gut microbiome, and gut-related diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome. This report also covers celiac disease and food allergies.

Top 10 Bakery Trends in 2016

Innova Market Insights finds that bakery foods are rising to the occasion. Innova Market Insights named 10 top trends for 2016 and it’s clear that today’s new breads, rolls, cookies and crackers easily fit into every angle. “Clean and clear labeling and ‘free from’ foods have all gained traction and moved on to the next level during 2015,” says Lu Ann Williams, director of innovation at Innova Market Insights. “While other emerging trends for 2016 include the rise of the part-time vegetarian (‘flexitarian’) consumer, interest in a return to food processing the natural or old-fashioned way, the search for permissible indulgence and the re-establishment of links to ‘real’ food.”

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Canada’s Premier & National Baking Industry Trade Show and Conference, May 1-3 The International Centre Mississauga (Toronto)
Please register now at in order to get your confirmation and avoid line-ups at the show.


Sugar tax would be healthy for Canada: Wells

Are Heather Reisman and Christine Day preaching to the converted? The chief executive officers of Indigo books and Luvo frozen foods respectively are pushing for improved sugar labeling on foods. “You have to be a chemist to understand how much sugar is in the product,” Reisman said last week.

Research could help bread shake its bad rap of contributing to weight gain

New research could help debunk the commonly held belief that bread or other grain-based foods contribute to obesity or are too low in nutrients to justify the calories."Bread is constantly being attacked" as not being nutrient dense, offering empty calories or contributing to weight gain, said Yanni Papanikolaou, vice President of Nutritional Strategies, Inc. 

Canadian business leaders take aim at sugar

Two Canadian business leaders want the country's food industry to use more transparent labels so Canadians know just how much sugar they're consuming. Indigo's CEO and the former CEO of Lululemon are making sugar one of their main targets as they fight to change industry standards.

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The Sprout: Canadians feeling the pinch of rising food prices

Good afternoon and Happy National Caramel Day. Here’s today’s agriculture news.
The Lead: A new poll by Angus Reid has found rising food prices have left middle class Canadians feeling the pinch. Fifty-seven per cent of those surveyed said they were having a tougher time feeding their families, while 71 per cent of respondents to the online survey, conducted Feb. 22-25, said they were switching to cheaper brands to stretch their money further. The Globe and Mail has the full breakdown.

Raindrop Cake taking the internet by storm

A new food sensation has been jiggling its way through social media this week. The 'Raindrop Cake', making its way to North America courtesy of New Yorker Darren Wong, debuted last weekend at the food market Smorgasburg and images of the wiggly creation flooded the internet soon after.


Canada China Food Innovation Incoming Trade Mission (April 28, 2016)
Ontario Investment and Trade Centre in Toronto

Canada China Trade Innovation Alliance in partnership with Ontario Food Exports (Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs) and Baking Association of Canada are hosting a seminar and gala with an incoming trade mission with 16 different importers & distributors from the Chinese baking industry.

Canadian manufacturers and suppliers will have the opportunity to meet the importers and distributors and attend an informative seminar at the Ontario Investment and Trade Centre in Toronto.

Product areas of interest for the Chinese buyers include:
Flour: bread flour, cake powder, mix powder
Sugar: sugar, maple syrup
Dairy Products: cheese, light whipping cream
Dried Fruit: cranberry, blueberry, raisin
Nuts: almonds, walnuts
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The participation fee is $88. Registration and payment to attend the session and gala is to be done directly with Canada China Trade Innovation Alliance. Space is limited, please call or email today.
For any questions about the Chinese delegation, session or gala contact Jaclyn Zhang. Email:
Phone: 647-206-6618.

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Bakery Showcase 2016 (May 1-3, 2016)

The next bienneal Canadian baking industry trade show & conference is May 1-3 2016 at the International Centre Missisauga (Toronto). Bakery Showcase trade show attracts baking industry suppliers of ingredients, baked goods (semi-finished, finished, frozen), baking equipment, packaging, technology and services from across North America. Bakery Showcase conference program will feature a new expanded seminar program. Attendees to the exhibition are bakeries (Commercial, wholesale, retail & In-store), bakery cafes, food service, grocery stores and other suppliers to the industry. Exhibit spaces are filling up quickly, to reserve your exhibit space please contact Ahmed Mutaher.  Email | Tel: 905-405-0288 extension 22. |

BC Chapter Spring Bakeoff (May 11, 2016)

BAC’s BC Chapter invites bakers to show off their pastry creations in a fun afternoon of sharing and learning. Opportunities are to participate or attend as a guest. 

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Vancouver Community College
Room #240
250 West Pender Street,
Vancouver BC V6B 1S9

Click here for registration

Ontario Chapter Spring Golf Tournament (June 7, 2016)

Registration & BBQ lunch starting at 10:00 a.m. until 11:15 a.m.
Shotgun - SCRAMBLE – Start 11:30 a.m.
Carlisle Golf Club
Carlisle, ON

Registration Form - Click Here

BC Chapter Golf Tournament (June 22, 2016)

Newlands Golf & Country Club, Langley BC
12:30 pm Shot Gun Start

Registration Form -  Click Here


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