ResearchFDI, Inc Announces Partnership with the WTC – Toronto to facilitate trade in the Food and Beverage Sector

By |2022-09-27T11:43:52-04:00February 27th, 2019|News & Media|

[February 27th, 2019]

ResearchFDI, Inc. is pleased to announce that it will be partnering with the Toronto Region Board of Trade’s World Trade Centre Toronto (WTC-T) to facilitate the inclusion of seven innovative Toronto-based food companies in a Food and Beverage trade mission to Los Angeles this March. For four days, these businesses will be exposed to experts in the southwestern U.S. organic products market, networking with distributors and potential customers, and learning important tactics for entering the competitive California food and beverage market.

As a sponsor of the mission, ResearchFDI has contributed by lending its expertise in B2B matchmaking and lead generation services. Over a dozen meetings between the Canadian delegation and key distributors, brokers, and large grocers have been arranged by ResearchFDI’s B2B team both at the Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim and around Greater Los Angeles. The goal of the B2B meetings is to set each Toronto company with local contacts that can help them establish themselves and ultimately sell their products in California and across the southwestern United States.

The project has been overseen by Vice President, Trade & Export Services, Stefan Calimanu and Project Manager, Kristina Tager, and has employed a multifaceted research approach to identify appropriate targets tailored for each attending company’s needs, giving them higher odds of finding partners in the region whose ethos are aligned with theirs and that come with a client base which would best appreciate each company’s unique market offering.

When asked to sum up his experience with the team, Leigh Smout, Executive Director of World Trade Centre Toronto had this to say: “ResearchFDI has been an ideal partner for WTC-T on this mission. Their in-depth industry knowledge on the food sector as well as their experience in setting up individualised meeting programs has been a huge asset to our team. Their Project Team has been extremely professional to work with and has really taken the time to understand each of the companies participating in the mission to ensure a highly-customized experience.”

The enthusiasm for the project was reciprocated by President Bruce Takefman, “It is our pleasure to join the mission’s other sponsors to assist growing and high-quality Canadian brands with finding recognition and success in international markets,” stated Takefman. “The World Trade Centre Toronto is an incredible organization and we are thrilled to be able to work with them on this mission to California. This relationship is a testament to our growing expertise in the B2B and Trade space, and we look forward to further developing our partnership with them in the future.”

Established in 2014, ResearchFDI’s Trade Team has brokered over 500 meetings for private sector clients seeking to expand their international sales and client base. The company has worked with a diverse set of businesses across industries including advanced manufacturing, defense, renewable energy, food processing, life sciences, and plastics by organizing international trade missions and road shows around the globe. Speaking more than 10 languages the research team is supported by a business intelligence tool that was developed in-house to curate leads, SME365. SME365 is currently being adapted for commercial use and will provide subscribers with targeted in-market B2B partnership leads. The platform is slated for release in October 2019.

About ResearchFDI, Inc.
Based in Montreal, ResearchFDI is a specialized market research firm that provides customized lead generation and business intelligence services for economic development and trade organizations. Our B2B matchmaking services position companies in front of partners and organization that are seeking to develop a lasting business relationship. We are focused on helping our clients create important business connections that will serve to grow awareness of their product or services and lead to growth on an international scale.

Stefan Calimanu, Vice President, Trade & Export Services

About World Trade Centre Toronto
The World Trade Centre Toronto (WTC-T) is the trade services arm of the Toronto Region Board of Trade. As a member of the World Trade Centers Association, WTC-T creates unparalleled global access for the Toronto region’s business community with its connection to 317 branded properties and trade services associations in 88 countries. WTC-T provides targeted international trade advisory services and expertise through comprehensive research, trade education, strategy building workshops, outbound and inbound trade missions and valuable connections to experts and networks.

Jim Nicholson, Manager, Communications

By |2022-09-27T11:43:52-04:00February 27th, 2019|News & Media|
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VP Trade and Export Services, ResearchFDI
Stefan is a FDI and trade development expert, frequently offering advice to economic development and trade promotion agencies on the latest global business trends and insights. His areas of expertise include international trade, FDI, B2B sales development, digital marketing, and data analysis. Stefan has successfully planned and executed numerous trade missions on behalf of various public and private clients at major industry trade shows. As an important figure in the industry, Stefan actively participates in several trade associations, including SIDO, the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, and AMCham, showcasing his dedication and commitment to the trade development sector.