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CPMA’s 2013 trade show could be largest ever

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association’s annual convention and trade show will descend upon the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto April 17-19.

The 88th edition of CPMA’s keystone event is already 96 percent sold out and, with only 18 exhibits spaces still available, is on target to be the largest yet.

The location of CPMA’s convention and trade show is on a four-year rotation, taking place in Montréal, Calgary, Toronto and Vancouver. 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 to maintain the intimate and friendly environment that it has 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,” CPMA’s 2013 Convention Chairwoman Bernadette Hamel, Metro Richelieu Inc. vice president of national procurement, produce, said in a press release. “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.”

Highlights will include the following: 

  • The New Product Showcase, where the most innovative products in the produce industry will be on display.
  • An expanded retail tour program, which will take place Wednesday, April 17 – prior to the Trade Show opening. Tickets are available for purchase via the CPMA convention and trade show website or on site, as available.
  • The New Retail Produce Manager program, which is designed to engage the produce industry at the consumer, retail level.

Although the 2013 Trade Show is almost sold out, those interested in exhibiting can contact Natalia Kaliberda, manager of trade show and events, at or (+1) 613/226-4187 x223.