Toronto, ON – March 15, 2017 – Submissions for the 15th annual Canadian Brewing Awards (CBA) have closed with an unprecedented 40% increase in submissions in 55 beer and six cider categories. In addition to the increase in individual beers and ciders submitted, The CBA team also reports the amount of breweries and cideries participating in 2017 has grown by 20% from the prior year.
“Each year we adapt the Canadian Brewing Awards and conference, allowing us to grow in lockstep with the Canadian brewing industry,” said Rob Engman, CBA President. “Based on feedback from last year’s conference, we have increased the emphasis on producing a Canadian-focused event from product entry to conference programming.”
In January 2017, the CBAs announced an updated eligibility criteria for the awards allowing only majority-owned Canadian commercial breweries or cideries whose products are produced and packaged in Canada to enter.
“The goal of the change is to ensure the awards reflect Canada’s growing industry by showcasing authentic Canadian products,” comments Engman. “We are committed to celebrating our industry’s growth focusing on Canadian talent, supporting business owners and their operations.”
The 2017 Canadian Brewing Awards and Conference, May 25-27, 2017, agenda will be announced in the coming weeks. The conference agenda and speakers will also further the conference’s commitment to showcasing the Canadian brewing community.
“We understood this would impact some relationships, we are grateful for the overall increase in partnerships and are appreciative of our sponsors who have supported us through this change,” remarked Engman.
Tickets to the Canadian Brewing Awards Conference are on sale at www.canadianbrewingawards.com and early bird discounts are available until April 10, 2017.
About the Platinum Sponsor
BSG Canada has been producing and distributing brewing products to Canadian markets since the early 1990s. With warehouse locations in Fergus ON, Saint-Laurent QC, and Delta BC, BSG is able to offer customers savings on transportation costs as well as flexibility with scheduling and warehousing space.