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Winners of the 2023 Alizés Awards announced

From left to right: Martin Lavoie, CEO of Group Export Agri-Food, Justine Hendricks, CEO of FCC, Eric Waterman, Vice President, Agri-Food at Inno-centre, Bonnie Zylberberg, Director, Product Development and Innovation at Bassé Nuts, Abdul Munim Sheikh, president and CEO of Al Safa Foods, Louis Turcotte, Senior Director, Corporate and Commercial Financing at FCC, Daniel Lévesque, VP Business Development at Yourbarfactory, André Surprenant, Senior Vice-President, National Corporate and Commercial (CNW Group/Groupe Export agroalimentaire Québec Canada)

The Group Export Agri-Food Quebec-Canada (Group Export) has announced the winners of the fifth edition of the Alizés Awards. Presented by FCC, the Alizés Awards celebrate the success of Canadian agri-food companies that stand out on international markets thanks to the excellence of their export strategies.

In the “Innovative Export Strategy Inno-centre” category, this year’s Alizé was presented to Ontario-based Al Safa Foods, a distributor of halal and ethnic products including fresh, ready-to-eat, ready-to-cook and deli meats. The award recognizes a company that has significantly adapted its strategy or acted innovatively to enter a new market or segment.

In the ” SME Fonds de solidarité FTQ ” category, rewarding a company with sales of less than $50 million, the Alizé was awarded to Yourbarfactory, a Quebec company that creates and manufactures customized nutritional bars for large local and international retailers.

In the “Large Company FCC” category, which is open to companies with sales of more than $50 million, the Alizé was once again awarded to a Quebec company, Bassé Frères Alimentation Orientale Inc., which produces, roasts, blends, packages and distributes nuts, seeds and dried fruits.

The Alizés are awarded by a jury of recognized experts in the field of agri-food exports.

“The jury wishes to highlight the exceptional work of all the companies and the quality of the applications submitted. The jury was very impressed with the thoroughness, adaptability, agility and diversification of the companies that stood out in a year of supply chain challenges and labour shortages,” says Louis Turcotte, FCC senior director, corporate and commercial financing and president of the Alizés Awards jury.

This awards ceremony was made possible thanks to the participation of many partners: FCC, the ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation du Québec, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Inno-centre, Fonds de solidarité FTQ, OMAFRA, EDC, L’actualité ALIMENTAIRE, Agro Québec and Comexposium – SIAL Canada.

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