Fiore Napolitano from Aliments O'Sole Mio receives Québec food export prize
Québec food products booth at SIAL Canada (photo ©Bénédicte Brocard/Photoatwork.com).
François Gendron, Deputy Premier and Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, has awarded the Prix Personnalité de l'exportation alimentaire du Québec (Québec food export personality prize) to Fiore Napolitano, Vice-President, Sales, Aliments O'Sole Mio Inc.
The awarding of this 18th edition of the prize was an opportunity to highlight the importance of food exports as a driving force for Québec’s economic development and underline the talent of local food producers and processors, who contribute to Québec’s prosperity and help export Québec expertise.
Aliments O'Sole Mio began its operations in 1990 in the kitchen of the Napolitano family restaurant, Casa Napoli, in Montréal. Production was subsequently relocated to a plant in Boisbriand, which now employs over 100 people.
Innovative and above all perseverant, Fiore Napolitano has expanded the company’s exports by developing new markets in the United States and Mexico.
The runners-up for the prize were Charles Crawford, President of Domaine Pinnacle, and Dennis Papakostas, President of Expresco Foods.
Held from April 30 to May 2, SIAL Canada, the International Food & Beverage Tradeshow, is Canada’s largest international biofood event.
Over 80 Québec businesses are taking part in this year’s edition, most of them under the umbrella of the Agri-Food Export Group Québec–Canada and Aliments du Québec.
The program includes opportunities for one-on-one meetings between Québec exhibitors and about 50 qualified foreign buyers. The Ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation du Québec (MAPAQ) and its partners have also dispatched representatives to the event, with a view to referring international buyers to Québec businesspeople interested in developing export markets.
A few figures
- Close to 700 exhibitors, representing 44 countries
- 14,000 visitors each year
SIAL Canada is a springboard for Québec agri-food processors with their sights set on growth. The international tradeshow contributes to Québec’s reputation as a supplier of world-class food products.
The Québec biofood industry chalks up over 55% of its sales on foreign markets.
Prix Personnalité de l'exportation alimentaire du Québec (in French)
Previous winners of the prize (in French)
SIAL Canada 2013