Friday, June 20, 2014

Canadian Success at Interzoo 2014

Interzoo 2014 was a whirlwind of commerce with 37,000 visitors from over 120 countries.  For four solid days the Canadian Pavilion was busy with international visitors, one of the many reasons members of team Canada signed on to be in the pavilion. Our companies spent 10 hours each day networking, making connections and writing orders. “We were busy. There were lots of distributors from around the world and we connected with many of the places we really wanted to make contact with.”, said Roxanne Pettipas, owner of Toronto based Buddy Belts. There are many new shops in Europe.  From Spain, Germany, Switzerland, the UK, all over.  It’s been fantastic!”

We were proud to lend support to our participating companies, and welcome other Canadian exhibitors to our headquarters at Interzoo.  Delegations from several countries dropped in, showing interest in the set-up of the Pavilion and to see the services we were able to offer.  Nora Gruetters, Canada’s Trade Commissioner in Dusseldorf, made a point of coming to show support and connect with our exhibitors.  With assistance from Agriculture Canada, in the span of just four days the team was able to touch base with countless foreign markets, opening up possibilities for expansion and development.  “We’ve had a lot of leads and a lot of new potential contacts and we are pretty excited about it.,” reports Henry Montesano, export manager for FirstMate Pet Foods. “We have been exhibiting within the confines of the Canadian Pavilion organized by PIJAC Canada and as usual they have done a tremendous job taking care of us, organizing everything for us so we are very grateful.”

There are no other shows of this magnitude for our industry anywhere in the world, said Louis McCann, President & CEO of PIJAC Canada. “It is such a reward for us as an association to see our Canadian businesses stepping out and shining on the global stage.” Interzoo 2016 will be taking place from the 26th to the 29th of May, in Nuremberg, Germany. For more information on the Agrimarketing funding program and for companies interested in exhibiting with the Pavilion contact Roselyne Lévêque via 

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