Processed Food and Beverages

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Learn about priority issues and collaboration between industry and government.

Food and beverage processing is the second largest manufacturing industry in Canada in terms of value of production, and is the largest buyer of Canadian agricultural products. It is a key economic sector, connecting producers to consumers and touching the lives of all Canadians, directly or indirectly. To learn more, read Significance of the Food and Beverage Processing Industry in Canada.

Sources of Assistance for the Industry
Provides links to financial programs and services offered by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and other federal departments and organizations to which food and beverage processors are eligible to apply.

Canadian Industry Profiles

Overview of Canadian food and beverage processing industries, including information and statistics about each industry.

Food Processing Innovation and Regulations

To remain competitive and profitable, Canadian agri-food businesses need to evolve by adapting to consumer preferences, market pressures and a changing regulatory environment. By continually innovating, industry can capture value-added and other market opportunities both at home and internationally.

The food regulatory environment plays an important role in supporting industry innovation and competitiveness, enabling market access and attracting investment while protecting the health and safety of Canadians. Industry needs to consider the regulatory requirements when making decisions on investment, product development and marketing.

  • Reports and Resources
    Learn about regulatory requirements and marketplace opportunities associated with innovative food products, and find resources to help navigate regulatory approval processes.

Spirit Drinks Trade Act – Compliance and Enforcement

The purpose of the Spirit Drinks Trade Act (SDTA) Compliance and Enforcement Policy is to provide guidance on the legislative requirements regarding the use of names of certain spirit drinks of foreign countries, as well as the range of options available to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in order to achieve compliance with the SDTA.

Further information on this policy can be found at:

Additional information

Food Manufacturing Statistics (Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada)
Various statistics are presented for the food industry and its sub-industries, including definitions, number of establishments, value of production, employments, Gross Domestic Product (GDP), trade, etc.

North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) 2012 - Canada (Statistics Canada)
This provides a description of the Classification System and, in particular, how the food and beverage industries are defined and further subdivided within the Classification.

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