Food & Beverage Manufacturing

Cultivate a thriving F&B venture in Ontario's agri-food landscape

Food & Beverage Manufacturing

Cultivate a thriving F&B venture in Ontario's agri-food landscape

Global F&B Manufacturing Industry

A surge on convenience, health focus, and plant-based trends
The global Food & Beverage (F&B) sector is on an upwards trajectory. The market expanded from US The global market by revenue is projected to reach almost US $6.73 billion in 2022 to US $7.22 billion in 2023 growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.3%. Projections show it reaching US $8.6 billion by 2025 and an impressive US $11.98 billion in 2030.
Several things are fuelling this growth. There is mounting demand for convenient yet healthy food choices and the boom in online food delivery services is reshaping purchasing habits and broadening the industry's reach.
The organic food segment is cementing its market stance, with a predicted CAGR of 9.7% from 2023 to 2030. Plant-based offerings are mirroring shifts in dietary choices and growing environmental awareness. For instance, the plant-based meat sector alone is forecasted to swell to US $5.2 billion by 2023, boasting a CAGR of 19.2%.
Notably, the non-alcoholic category is drawing increased interest. Functional beverages – offering benefits beyond just hydration – and sports nutrition drinks spearhead this surge.

Canadian F&B
Manufacturing Industry

A mature manufacturing sector with widespread domestic and international reach
Canada’s food and beverage processing industry is the second-largest manufacturing sector in the country. This industry singularly contributes to 17% of the aggregate manufacturing sales while also accounting for 2% of Canada's Gross Domestic Product. Notably, this sector is also the foremost manufacturing employer in the nation, encompassing a workforce of over 290,000 Canadians.
On an international front, Canadian processed food and beverage commodities are exported to approximately 192 countries. Of the total production, these exports represent one third of the industry’s output, while Canadian businesses and consumers buy the rest.
2021 marked a significant juncture for the Canadian F&B processing industry. The sector witnessed a robust increment in sales by 14.8% compared to 2020, culminating in a total of CA $144 billion.

The segments that witnessed the biggest increase in exports were:

  • Fruits and vegetables (53%)
  • Meat (26%)
  • Seafood (29%)

86% of Canadian F&B Manufacturing exports went to three primary markets:

  • United States (72%)
  • China (8%)
  • Japan (6%)

Canadian F&B Manufacturing
Industry

A mature manufacturing sector with widespread domestic and international reach
Canada’s food and beverage processing industry is the second-largest manufacturing sector in the country. This industry singularly contributes to 17% of the aggregate manufacturing sales while also accounting for 2% of Canada's Gross Domestic Product. Notably, this sector is also the foremost manufacturing employer in the nation, encompassing a workforce of over 290,000 Canadians.
On an international front, Canadian processed food and beverage commodities are exported to approximately 192 countries. Of the total production, these exports represent one third of the industry’s output, while Canadian businesses and consumers buy the rest.
2021 marked a significant juncture for the Canadian F&B processing industry. The sector witnessed a robust increment in sales by 14.8% compared to 2020, culminating in a total of CA $144 billion.

The segments that witnessed the biggest increase in exports were:

  • Fruits and vegetables (53%)
  • Meat (26%)
  • Seafood (29%)

86% of Canadian F&B manufacturing exports went to three primary markets:

  • United States (72%)
  • China (8%)
  • Japan (6%)

Why Choose Ontario
For F&B Manufacturing

A comprehensive range of food production resources in one place
Ontario's food and beverage processing industry represents 37% of the nation's total industry revenue. This sector boasts over 4000 entities within the province, employing over 125,000 individuals. Notably, a significant 90% of these establishments operate with a workforce of under 100 personnel. Additionally, 25% of these establishments are strategically situated in rural locales.
Several significant sectors emerge within Ontario's F&B Manufacturing industry. These include many areas ranging from grain milling, meat and dairy production and fruit and veg preserving, to snacks, soft drinks, ice, breweries and wineries.

200+ agricultural commodities are grown on Ontario's farms, providing access to locally sourced ingredients and a highly integrated network of producers, processes, logistics firms and food distributors for international access. Services such as analytical laboratories, specialized packaging, dedicated storage and transportation enterprises are also available.

Given the robust infrastructure, many of the world's leading F&B manufacturers, such as Coca-Cola, Nestle, Pepsico, Kellogg’s, Unilever, and Kraft Heinz, have operations here.

  • Torontos food and beverage sector employs over 64,000 individuals, with their combined annual wages amounting to CA $3.2 billion. Businesses in this sector situated within Toronto’s city limits make up over half of this workforce.
  • Guelph is a renowned agri-innovation cluster in Ontario, home to Longo’s Food Retail Lab and Schneider’s Research Lab, a part of The Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics at the University of Guelph. They host food retail research that deepens comprehension of how consumers make decisions, consume food, and respond to food advertising.
  • Hamilton houses over 120 food and beverage manufacturers with 9,500+ agribusiness and food processing experts. It stands as a prime hub for food industry investment in a major North American food processing cluster.
  • London‘s agri-food sector employs over 7,000 individuals in 90+ companies; its specialties range from large-scale meat processing and frozen foods to spices and alcoholic beverages. Emerging areas also include health foods, cannabis, and ready-made meals.
  • Niagara Region is renowned for vineyards and tender fruit farms. It is responsible for 90% of Ontario’s grape production and is Canada’s largest wine-producing region. Besides fruit farms, the region predominantly features cash crops, greenhouse cultivation, and poultry and egg production operations.
Ontario has a substantial workforce skilled in agriculture and manufacturing, covering both technical and managerial positions. This is supported by a publicly funded education structure that comprises 23 universities and 24 colleges. 70% of the adult workforce in Ontario has a post-secondary education, more than any other country in the OECD.

The average manufacturing job tenure in Ontario is 9.5 years, which is longer than the U.S. average of 5.5 years. This longer tenure can lead to reduced transition and training costs.

Ontario-based F&B manufacturers get access to over 1.5 billion people across 51 countries through Free Trade Agreements like the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA).

Ontario’s vast transportation network adds to the convenience of reaching consumers fast and freshly. The US market, for example, a US $20 trillion market with 142 million consumers, can be connected to through Ontario’s four international and 300 regional airports, 250,000 km of roads and highways and a dozen border crossings.

Ontario’s F&B Manufacturing Industry Facts

3rd

largest F&B sector
in North America

105,000

employees

$48B

in annual sales

1500

F&B manufacturers

18%

of Ontario's GDP - the province's highest

6th

most internationally connected airport

Ontario’s F&B Manufacturing Industry Facts

3rd

largest F&B sector in North America

105,000

employees

$48B

in annual sales

1500

F&B Manufacturing companies

18%

most internationally connected airport

6th

most internationally connected airport

F&B Manufacturing Funding, Resources and Organizations

Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is a federal agency that regulates and enforces food safety standards in Canada. They are responsible for food licences, inspecting and monitoring food processing facilities, food labelling regulations, and conducting investigations in the event of a foodborne illness outbreak.

They oversee 13 labs, with three in Ontario, focusing on the safety of Canada’s plants, animals, and food.

Agricultural Reseaerch Institute of Ontario (ARIO) is a corporate body promoting science in Ontario’s agri-food sector, with 14 research centres managed by the University of Guelph.

Conestoga Food Research & Innovation Lab is an applied food research lab in Cambridge offering services from formula development to shelf-life studies.

Food Innovation Research Lab, based in Guelph, delves into consumer food decisions and responses to advertising.

Food & Beverage Innovation Centre at Niagara College supports research for novel F&B products from development to small-batch production.

Ontario Agri-food Venture Centre Lab, based in Colborne, offers shared production and storage facilities for food entrepreneurs.

Food and Beverage Ontario

represents food and beverage processors in Ontario and advocates for their interests. They are a not-for-profit leadership organization dedicated to advancing Ontario’s food and beverage industry. They also provide networking opportunities and support for businesses in the industry.
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represents small and independent craft brewers in Ontario and promotes the growth of the craft beer industry in the province. Visit Site

are known as the ‘stock exchange’ for fruits and vegetables. They are the largest wholesale fruit and vegetable distribution centre in Canada (located in Toronto) and the third largest in North America. It plays a crucial role in the supply chain for many food and beverage manufacturers in Ontario, distributing over two billion pounds of produce annually (an average of 5.6 million pounds per day). Visit Site

is the government ministry responsible for supporting and promoting the agriculture and food industry in Ontario, including food processing and manufacturing. It is mandated to provide business support to farmers and ensure the sustainability of agriculture through research and innovation. expand agriculture in the North, enforce and improve food safety, and strengthen Ontario’s rural communities. Visit Site

F&B Manufacturing Companies in Ontario

logo of f&b manufacturing company anheuser-busch inbev (labatts)
Anheuser-Busch InBev (Labatts)
207 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON M5J 1A7, Canada
archer-daniels-midland-logo
Archer Daniels Midland
202 First St, Midland, ON L4R 5M9, Canada
logo of f&b manufacturing company bunge
Bunge
2190 S Service Rd W, Oakville, ON L6L 5N1 Canada
cargill-logo
Cargill
165 Dunlop Dr, Guelph, ON N1L 1P4, Canada
logo of f&B manufacturing company coca-cola
Coca-Cola
24 Fenmar Dr, Toronto, ON M9L 1L8, Canada
logo of f&b manufacturing company ferrero
Ferrero
1 Ferrero Blvd, Brantford, ON N3V 1G3, Canada
grupo-bimbo-logo
Grupo Bimbo
2 International Blvd suite 100, Etobicoke, ON M9W 1A2, Canada
logo of f&b manufacturing company kellogg's
Kellogg's
5350 Creekbank Rd, Mississauga, ON L4W 5L5, Canada
logo of f&b manufacturing company Kraft heinz
Kraft Heinz
40 Westbridge Dr., Milton, ON L0P 1E0, Canada
logo of f&b manufacturing company mars
Mars Wrigley
285 Harry Walker Pkwy N, Newmarket, ON L3Y 7B3, Canada
logo of f&b manufacturing company mondelez
Mondelez
277 Gladstone Ave, Toronto, ON M6J 3L9, Canada
logo of f&b manufacturing company nestle
Nestle
25 Sheppard Ave W, North York, ON M2N 6S8, Canada
logo of f&b manufacturing company pepsico
PepsiCo
560 Arvin Ave., Stoney Creek, ON L8E 5P1, Canada
logo of f&b manufacturing company saputo
Saputo
101 Royal Group Crescent, Woodbridge, ON L4L 1X9, Canada
unilever-logo
Unilever
160 Bloor St E #1400, Toronto, ON M4W 3R2, Canada
Show Companies
logo of f&b manufacturing company anheuser-busch inbev (labatts)
Anheuser-Busch InBev (Labatts)
207 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON M5J 1A7, Canada
archer-daniels-midland-logo
Archer Daniels Midland
202 First St, Midland, ON L4R 5M9, Canada
logo of f&b manufacturing company bunge
Bunge
2190 S Service Rd W, Oakville, ON L6L 5N1 Canada
cargill-logo
Cargill
165 Dunlop Dr, Guelph, ON N1L 1P4, Canada
logo of f&B manufacturing company coca-cola
Coca-Cola
24 Fenmar Dr, Toronto, ON M9L 1L8, Canada
logo of f&b manufacturing company ferrero
Ferrero
1 Ferrero Blvd, Brantford, ON N3V 1G3, Canada
grupo-bimbo-logo
Grupo Bimbo
2 International Blvd suite 100, Etobicoke, ON M9W 1A2, Canada
logo of f&b manufacturing company kellogg's
Kellogg's
5350 Creekbank Rd, Mississauga, ON L4W 5L5, Canada
logo of f&b manufacturing company Kraft heinz
Kraft Heinz
40 Westbridge Dr., Milton, ON L0P 1E0, Canada
logo of f&b manufacturing company mars
Mars Wrigley
285 Harry Walker Pkwy N, Newmarket, ON L3Y 7B3, Canada
logo of f&b manufacturing company mondelez
Mondelez
277 Gladstone Ave, Toronto, ON M6J 3L9, Canada
logo of f&b manufacturing company nestle
Nestle
25 Sheppard Ave W, North York, ON M2N 6S8, Canada
logo of f&b manufacturing company pepsico
PepsiCo
560 Arvin Ave., Stoney Creek, ON L8E 5P1, Canada
logo of f&b manufacturing company saputo
Saputo
101 Royal Group Crescent, Woodbridge, ON L4L 1X9, Canada
unilever-logo
Unilever
160 Bloor St E #1400, Toronto, ON M4W 3R2, Canada
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