News Release: Help for food and beverage entrepreneurs looking to grow their business

Help for food and beverage entrepreneurs looking to grow their businesses
Niagara conference features education program, meetings with experts, tradeshow

For immediate release

Guelph ON, xx February 2017 – Ontario food and beverage businesses looking to scale up have a chance to learn how at the Food and Beverage Convention Niagara 2017. The March 3 event at the ScotiaBank Centre in Niagara Falls offers the opportunity to hear from experts, meet with mentors, and learn about key topics like streamlining costs and moving towards export markets.

“We developed a program specifically with food entrepreneurs in mind, whether farmers starting down the road of value-added products or experienced businesses looking to expand,” says Ashley Honsberger, Executive Director of the Agri-Food Management Institute (AMI). “This event is an excellent opportunity to pick up helpful business management advice, network with experts, or learn from other entrepreneurs who’ve been there and done that.”

Food industry expert John Scott will deliver a keynote address on how to prepare a food business for success, and Food Starter Executive Director Dana McCauley will share her ideas on how to take advantage of food trends and niche markets.

Concurrent breakout sessions will focus on food trends, funding growth, and sustainably scaling up a food business, and a tradeshow will showcase Ontario food products and ingredients as well as business development resources. Participants can also sign up for short one-on-one sessions with experts in logistics, marketing, exporting and other business-related topics.

“A real highlight for budding entrepreneurs is our new Mentorship Table Talk program that will let them seek some individual advice on a topic that’s presenting a challenge to their business,” says Honsberger. “The goal is to have people come away from the event with practical ideas they can implement right away to help grow their businesses.”

An innovation bus tour is offered the day before the conference that will visit businesses and organizations in Niagara Region. For new business owners or managers, a pre-conference seminar on food safety regulations is also available.

The event is co-hosted by AMI and Innovate Niagara with support from provincial and regional partners.  Registration information is available at

AMI promotes new ways of thinking about agribusiness management by developing resources and information and offering training opportunities for agri-food and agri-based producers, processors and their business advisors. AMI is funded by Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.

For more information:
Ashley Honsberger, 519-822-6618 or