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Canadian food processing industry - statistics & facts

Food processing is a significant industrial sector of the Canadian economy. Around 80 billion U.S. dollars in manufacturing sales were generated by food processing companies in Canada. Measured in sales, the sector is larger than the Canadian food service industry. Annually, Canadian food manufacturing revenue comes to approximately 117 billion Canadian dollars. The industry has seen continual growth for multiple years in a row. The industry is concentrated in Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia, where the vast majority of food manufacturing establishments can be found. Monthly, the industry adds around 27.13 billion Canadian dollars to the country's GDP.

Food manufacturing sub-sectors

Canada’s meat industry is by far the largest sub-sector in the country. Meat product manufacturing generates about 22.6 billion Canadian dollars in manufacturing sales. This is slightly over twice as much as dairy product manufacturing, the next biggest sub-sector. Expressed as revenue shares, animal slaughtering and processing accounts for 28.2 percent of the industry’s revenues, while dairy products only account for 13.3 percent. Even without frozen dairy products considered, meat and dairy product manufacturing are the center piece of Canadian food manufacturing.

Processors and manufacturers

A significant number of international food processing companies are active in Canada. Notable companies include PepsiCo, Kraft Heinz, Parmalat, and Nestlé. The Kraft Heinz Company generates annual net sales of 1.6 billion U.S. dollars in Canada. However, Heinz U.S. sales are significantly higher. Among Canadian companies, Saputo, a dairy product focused company, is one of the largest operators in the sector. Saputo has an annual revenue of almost 15 million Canadian dollars. Other leading food manufacturers from Canada include Agropur Dairy Cooperative and Maple Leaf Foods, which generated sales of 7.71 and 4.3 billion Canadian dollars, respectively.

Interesting statistics

In the following 3 chapters, you will quickly find the 20 most important statistics relating to "Food processing in Canada ".

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