Alberta's agri-food products are made to meet high standards and have an international reputation for quality. With 50.5 million acres (20.4 million hectares) used for crop and livestock production, Alberta is one of the world’s most productive agricultural economies, producing an abundant supply of agricultural commodities for export and as input for Alberta’s processed products, including canola seed, canola oil, wheat, beef, live cattle and pork.
This abundant and low-priced supply of feedstock, combined with the province’s advanced manufacturing and processing capabilities and a low-cost environment (Agri-food manufacturing costs are 9.5% lower here than in the U.S.) provide extensive value-added opportunities.
Alberta is home to many large food manufacturers, with food and beverage processing industries representing the largest manufacturing sector in the province.
Alberta’s major products include:
- grain and oilseed milling (including canola oil and malt)
- dairy products
- animal feed
Areas of Expertise
The largest food and beverage processing segment is meat product manufacturing, accounting for half ($7.3 billion) of total manufacturing sales in 2016. The province has earned a strong reputation in the beef industry as a result of clean forage and grain, humane methods of raising cattle, sophisticated feedlots, high-volume processing plants, world-class infrastructure, and the most rigorous inspection practices in the world. With all of these elements, and our uniquely barley-fed beef we have become famous around the world for beef that satisfies the most discriminating of customers.
Alberta also produces high volumes of quality cereal grains and canola. These grains are processed into feed, bakery products, malt, nutraceuticals and industrial products. The oilseed sector also creates many value-added products. This sector consists of crushers, refiners and companies that process oils into products like margarine and salad oils.
Research and Development
Alberta has more than 22 research and innovation facilities specializing in crops and cereals, poultry and swine research, agronomy, biomaterials and food safety. Among these facilities as Alberta’s Food Processing Development Centre and the Agrivalue Processing Business Incubator, which is the largest facility of its kind in the world.
Alberta’s agriculture and food industry is export-oriented, and 48% of food and beverage exports are value-added exports. Alberta is the third largest exporter of processed agricultural and food products in Canada. In 2016, Alberta’s top export markets for food products were the United States, China, Japan, Mexico and Hong Kong.
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