Surrey, B.C. – The 9th Surrey Board of Trade, Surrey International Trade Awards Reception took place on May 11th drawing over 250 business people from Surrey and the Lower Mainland to celebrate Surrey’s import and export companies. The Surrey Board of Trade proudly presented awards to the following businesses:
Small Business Category (Revenue under $15 million)

Winner: Eat Real Snack Food Canada Ltd.

Eat Real snacks, fruit and nut bars are based on three very simple concepts that are Taste, Nutrition and Real Ingredients. Their desire is to create a product that is an enjoyable healthy alternative to standard snack and confectionery items and to distinguish themelves from other brands that are ever present on our supermarket shelves. Made from real, natural ingredients with no added nasties (artificial flavourings, colourings and preservatives), they have something for the whole family that can be enjoyed at any time of the day!

Large Business Category (Revenue over $15 million)

Winner: Coast Fraser Enterprises Ltd.

Coast Fraser Enterprises Ltd. is a major lumber export distributor of North American wood products in Asia. Located in Surrey, Coast Fraser has an established presence, both in the North American forest product industry, and with customers throughout Asia. At Coast Fraser, they strive to provide value, establish reliability, and achieve sustainability. These core beliefs are vital to their efforts in global distribution services and the establishment of a growth-oriented, enriching multi-platform for our clients, suppliers, business partners, and employees.

“This event really speaks to the reality that Surrey businesses are part of the global economic equation. Countries cannot live in isolation. They have to mutually share their prosperity, technical know-how and undertake trade in order to sell their products. The world economy is inter-dependent. Economic progress of a nation depends upon its ties with other countries,” said Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade.

“That is why the Surrey Board of Trade is the only Board of Trade/Chamber of Commerce with an International Trade Centre in our office, creating global business connections for local businesses, and providing trade documentation services and business development services by an accredited World Chamber of Commerce Surrey Board of Trade employee.”

“Luke Arathoon is the 2nd person in Canada to receive this Accreditation, and the only one in Western Canada. This accreditation will ensure that trade documents are reviewed in depth to ensure smooth receipt of products around the globe.”

The Surrey International Trade Awards provide recognition for the success of import and export achievement, raises awareness of the vital contribution international trade makes to B.C.’s economy and provides a catalyst for companies to reach even higher levels of excellence. The Surrey Board of Trade International Trade Team accepted applications and the nominee businesses that were mentioned earlier in the program met the criteria, which included the following areas of focus:

The degree of innovation in the marketing strategy
Trade growth achieved and the ability to sustain that growth
Evidence of sustainable competitive advantage
Value of exporting to the applicant over time
The overall company commitment to international business

Event Sponsors:             Kinder Morgan Canada and the Trans Mountain Expansion Project


Western Union Business Solutions

Media Sponsor:             The Surrey NOW-Leader Newspaper

Print Sponsor:                 Classic Impressions Inc.

For more information regarding this event, please contact Anita Huberman at or 604.634.0342.

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