Canadian food processing industry - Statistics & Facts

Published by Emma Bedford, Aug 22, 2019
Canada is home to some major players in the global food processing industry. Loblaw Companies is the largest food processor and accounts for 6.4 percent of total food retail sales in Canada. Although Loblaw itself is a Canadian company, there are many international food processors operating in Canada. Kraft Heinz, PepsiCo, and Nestle SA all account for significant shares of the total Canadian food retail sales. The total gross domestic product for the food manufacturing industry in Canada amounted to 25.4 billion Canadian dollars in 2017. In Ontario alone, there were over 2,000 food manufacturing establishments as of December 2016.

In 2017, around 2.33 billion Canadian dollars of food preparations were imported into the country, making that the largest food category to be imported. That same year saw a sharp drop in export value of processed food and beverage products from Canada, falling from 33.5 billion Canadian dollars in exports to approximately 26 billion Canadian dollars. Processed food imports to Canada also saw a substantial decrease between 2016 and 2017.

The leading food and beverage company in Canada in 2017 was Kraft Heinz, which generated over 13.4 billion Canadian dollars in revenue, followed by Saputo Inc., a Montreal based dairy company. The Cott Corporation, which owns many popular brands such as Keurig, Starbucks Coffee, and Lavazza, saw a 45 percent increase in sales between 2016 and 2017, making it the fastest growing food and beverage company in Canada. One of the biggest brewers of beer in Canada is Molson Coors Brewing Company, which reported sales of about 1.8 billion U.S. dollars in 2018.

Over the course of the calendar year, manufacturer sales of food products in Canada typically peak in May. In May 2018, manufacturers sold about 9.58 billion Canadian dollars of food, a figure which dropped to about 9 billion dollars by the following month. Dairy product sales also peaked in May of 2018, reaching a maximum of 1.39 billion Canadian dollars in sales before decreasing again.

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