News from one of the world’s leading nutrition and health events
Promote advances in biotechnology, scientific development, sustainability and new business. This is the proposal of Bénéfiq, an event that takes place every two years in the city of Quebec and presents the future of nutrition and food in the world. One of the highlights of this edition was the signing of an agreement between Unibio and the University of Laval, Canada, which provides collaboration in the research area, as well as the exchange of students and professors in the areas of nutrition, bioengineering and biomaterials.
Unibio is a university linked to Biopark, the first Scientific and Technological Park of Biosciences of Paraná, intended to generate 30,000 jobs and make the region of Toledo a national bioscience hub. Idealized by Luiz Donaduzzi, founder of one of the largest drug companies in Brazil, Biopark had an initial investment of R$ 100 million. “With an excellent program of lectures and dissemination of research and new products, Bénefiq is a great place for these international meetings”, says François Godbout. He is a CCBC associate, director of Viabilis and one of the agreement facilitators.
CCBC Associates bring innovations to Bénéfiq
Concepta Ingredients, also a CCBC associate, had a booth at Innovation Hall, an area dedicated to the exhibition of innovative products. The company introduced to the Canadian market new products such as a differentiated and tasty brown sugar, which for being liquid, brings considerable advantages in industrial applications – in addition to the composition rich in natural nutrients of sugarcane.
Another novelty was the vegan vegetable cream, which mixes oils from Brazilian biodiversity, is rich in polyphenols and omega 3, 6 and 9. It is a substitute for butter derived from milk. “We had CCBC support during the entire event, including pre-scheduled meetings with potential clients. The Chamber took part in the entire organization at our side and helped us make the most of the opportunities”, says Lilia Kawazoe, Commercial Manager of the Business Unit Concepta Ingredients, which belongs to the Sabará Group.
Canadian Etienne Beairegard lives in Brazil and is a founding partner of Samba Fruits, a company that deals with import and export of foods such as fruits, honey, sesame and walnuts. Associated with the CCBC for more than six years, he participated in Bénefiq with a booth and took advantage of meetings with buyers and distributors. “The event gives us access to new information, which makes it possible to create new projects, generating new business opportunities”, he says.
The 2018 edition of Bénefiq was held on October 2, 3 and 4 at the Quebec City Convention Center.