Finalists announced for the 2020 Alizés Awards – winners unveiled September 29
The Agri-Food Export Group Quebec-Canada (Export Group) is pleased to announce the six finalists of the second edition of the Alizés Awards, selected by a jury of recognized experts in the field of agri-food exports.
The Alizés Awards celebrate the excellence of the work accomplished by Canadian agri-food companies that have distinguished themselves in international markets and are presented by FCC, the event’s lead partner. Taking into account the health measures currently to be observed, the winners will be virtually unveiled, on the web, on September 29, 2020, on the sidelines of SIAL Canada 2020.
At the end of the deliberations, the jury selected three finalists for each of the two categories, proudly representing the expertise of exporting companies in the Canadian agri-food industry. “The innovation demonstrated by companies, both in adapting their products for new markets and in developing international strategies, greatly impressed the jury” explains Mr. Louis Turcotte, jury’s chairperson and Senior Director, Corporate and commercial financing at FCC. “We were also blown away to see how clear the vision of Canadian exporters is and how they showcase a strong commitment to their development and growth.”
Category | Small to medium-sized enterprise
- BioNeutra, Alberta
Founded in 2003, BioNeutra markets VitaFiber ™, the company’s leading product. Obtained by transforming starch molecules from local grain crops into functional health molecules, the product provides dietary fibre and is a nutritious sweetener. Committed to meeting the needs of consumers, the company uses science-based processes and applies them to the commercial product market. With rapid growth, differentiated products and sustained efforts to obtain accreditation in many countries, BioNeutra was able to please the jury.
- Rustica Foods, Quebec – From a small family business in 2000, it has grown into a well-established pizza manufacturing plant equipped with state-of-the-art custom production equipment. In addition to creating products that stand out in the market and being the leader in its sector, Rustica Foods is committed to achieving excellence at all levels in order to exceed the expectations of its customers. With a well-defined export development strategy, a wide variety of products, an excellent understanding of consumers, Rustica Foods was able to capture the attention of the jury.
- Schep’s Bakeries, Ontario – Schep’s Bakeries, a family business, is the only manufacturer of stroopwafels (literally waffles in syrup) in North America. The company now sells its products baked according to tradition in several large retail stores, and hundreds of thousands of stroopwafels are sold in the United States each year. With a high percentage of its sales abroad, Schep’s Bakeries diversified its markets thanks to its monitoring skills and adaptation strategies which won over the jury.
Category | Large company
- Bio Biscuit, Quebec – As a family business specializing in the manufacturing of oven-baked biscuits, treats and food for dogs and cats, Bio Biscuit has been offering, for more than 20 years, high-end products designed by a team of animal nutrition specialists. Respecting the best quality criteria is a strong value at Bio Biscuit, both in the choice of ingredients and during the manufacturing process. The jury greatly appreciated Bio Biscuit’s highly effective market adaptation strategy, which provides stability and growth in more than twenty markets, both established and emerging.
- Clearwater Seafoods, Nova Scotia – Clearwater Seafoods is one of the largest vertically integrated seafood companies in North America. Owner of offices, processing plants and vessels, Clearwater operates on an ocean-to-plate basis with a focus on sustainability, a core value expressed in its practices, such as healthy oceans and responsible fishing. Recognized worldwide for the superior quality of its wild seafood, Clearwater Seafoods impressed the jury with the diversity of its export markets and its ability to consolidate markets.
- Fruit d’Or, Quebec – A leader in berry processing, Fruit d´Or is the world’s number one producer of organic cranberries and the second-largest processor of organic wild blueberries. Its superior quality products are popular in the food, nutraceuticals and cosmetics sectors, demonstrating that it is possible to combine organic agriculture and cutting-edge technology. With a clear deployment strategy and precise objectives, Fruit d’Or was able to secure a choice position in foreign markets, which particularly pleased the jury.
Louis Turcotte (jury’s Chairperson) Senior Director Agribusiness and Agri-Food FCC
Miriam Feltham-Lauzon, M.Sc. Senior Associate | Global Trade – Consumer Export Development Canada
Martin Lemire RD, MA Vice-President EDIKOM, L’Actualité Alimentaire, Dux, Les Prix GAÏA, Le Must Magazine
Geneviève Marcotte Executive Director Missions commerciales de l’Université Laval
Marie-Claude Massicotte Acting Deputy Director Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
On September 29, an Alizé will therefore be awarded to a company for each category during a virtual unveiling broadcast on the website www.lesprizalizesawards.ca. Indeed, even if current circumstances do not allow the usual gathering, the Export Group wants to promote and congratulate companies that stand out on international markets.