In October, DRC attended Fruit Attraction in Madrid, Spain and The Grocery Innovations Trade Show and Conference at the Toronto Congress Centre. This was the second consecutive year that DRC attended Fruit Attraction and the 2019 3-day event drew in excess of 89,000 visitors from 127 countries. DRC was able to meet with several Spanish and South American companies who export to Canada and the United States as well as connect with some current European members. We were impressed by the number of Canadian DRC members we met during the show and had only good things to say about it.
The Grocery Innovations Trade Show and Conference is a two-day event that focuses on independent grocers and all aspects of their business operations. In addition to a focus on local product there was an international flair to the show, as it included Spanish, Korean and Sri Lankan pavilions. As the DRC walked the trade show floor, it was apparent that many independent grocers are not familiar with all the changes related to the Safe Food for Canadian Regulations, and how they impact their business. DRC will look to upcoming opportunities to ensure that independent grocers understand their SFCR-related obligations, particularly the regulatory requirement for a DRC membership.