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Food Processing Industry Roundtable

The food processing industry is one of the largest manufacturing industries in Canada, providing employment for over a quarter of a million Canadians and producing shipments worth $114.9 billion in 2018. It accounts for 17% of total manufacturing shipments and 1.7% of the national Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

The food processing industry is an integral part of the Canadian food supply chain as it purchases about 40% of the Canadian agricultural production and sells over 70% of its output to Canadian retailers and foodservice providers.

Key objectives:

  • understand the challenges and opportunities facing the industry as well as the state of the business environment in Canada
  • develop industry-government actions to improve the competitiveness, profitability and growth of the industry

Contact us

If you have any questions or would like more information, please email us at roundtable-tableronde@canada.ca.

Upcoming meeting

The next Roundtable meeting will take place in 2020.

Meeting summary

Executive Steering Committee Members

Co-chairs

  • Daniel Vielfaure – Bonduelle Americas
  • Annette Gibbons – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Industry

  • Sylvie Cloutier – Conseil de la transformation alimentaire du Québec
  • Joe Makowecki – Heritage Frozen Foods
  • Doug Alexander – LeadBetter Foods
  • Irving Teper – Concord Premium Meats
  • Rory McAlpine – Maple Leaf Foods
  • Mark Pickard – InfraReady Products (1998) Limited
  • John Nishidate – Grand Hale Marine Products

Federal government

  • Marco Valicenti - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Sylvie Millette LeDuc – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Joann Perron – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Resource

The list of innovation organizations is a list of Canadian organizations that lists a wide variety of universities, research centres and institutes that specialize in food innovation.

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