Montreal – For anyone who loves food, the Palais des congrès de Montréal was the place to be from April 2 to 4.
Where else could you sample foods from literally all over the world in one place? The city of Montreal hosted SIAL Canada 2014, which had 767 exhibitors from 43 countries and more than 14,000 visitors.
The show, which has something for everyone in the food industry, included conferences covering food industry issues and the latest in food products.
And by being co-located with SET Canada, there was food equipment and technology on display.
The show also includes some exciting competitions. This year’s winner of the 2014 SIAL Innovation Award is GÜ Desserts from the U.K.
The company, which is new to North America, manufactures restaurant-quality desserts that are ready to eat at home.
The 10 finalists in the competition included these Canadian companies:
• Trans-Herbe Inc.
• Canards du Lac Brome Ltée
• I-D Foods Corporation
• Basilur Tea Canada
• Boulangerie Première Moisson Inc.
• PEI Berries Ltd.
• Y Olive Inc.
And these companies from the U.S.: Southern Art and Safie Specialty Foods Company Inc.
The winners of the 2014 Olive d’Or contest were also announced. This year more than 110 olive oils from 14 countries participated and 12 were selected as winners.
Winners are awarded either golden, silver or bronze medals in four categories. The gold winners for this year are:
• Los Alamos from Chile in the Ripe Fruit category
• L’Ottobratico from Italy in the Light Fruit category
• Morellana from Spain in the Medium Fruit category
• Villa Magra from Italy in the Strong Fruit category.
For more on the show, visit: www.sialcanada.com
Photo is of GÜ Desserts