About The Sector

Food and Beverage Processing 

Food and beverage manufacturing is the largest manufacturing sector in Manitoba, accounting for 30 percent of Manitoba's total manufacturing sales in 2021. Total food and beverage manufacturing sales in 2021 were $6.2 billion, nine percent higher than the previous year. The sector directly employed 14,440 Manitobans in 2021 and is the largest manufacturing employer in the province. 

Productive farmland suitable for the production of various crops and animals, access to state of the art research facilities and world-class transportation infrastructure, available highly skilled labour, and a business-friendly environment make Manitoba a unique place to invest in food and beverage processing. Manitoba has a vibrant food processing sector with 792 food processing establishments. Manitoba's three largest food processing industries are meat product manufacturing, grain and oilseed milling and dairy product manufactuing.

Major food processors in Manitoba include:

  • Meat products (Maple Leaf Foods, Hylife Foods, True North Foods, Granny's Poultry Co-operative Ltd., and Dunn-Rite)
  • Grains and Oilseeds (Bunge Canada, Viterra, Richardson Milling, Roquette, Emerson Milling, and Merit Functional Foods)
  • Potato (McCain Foods and Simplot)
  • Dairy Products (Lucerne Foods Ltd., Parmalat Dairy Bakery Inc., Dairyworld Foods, and MDI Holdings Corp)

Exports for processed food and beverage products stood at $3.82 billion in 2021, an increase of 15.7 percent as compared to 2020.  This accounts for 61 percent of the total food and beverage manufacturing sales in 2021. Manitoba exports processed food and beverage products to about 74 countries, with the top four markets in 2021 being United States, Japan, Mexico and China.

Visit the Markets and Statistics section to view food and value added agriculture reports and statistics.  


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