Make Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development your first point of contact for help as you build your future in food and agri-products.  The Food and Agri-Product Processing Branch provides services to entrepreneurs, businesses and organizations to strengthen the competitive position of Manitoba's food and agri-product processing industries in the domestic and global marketplace. 

Business development specialists offer consulting and pathfinding services, workshops, training and access to market development activities that will help you manage and grow your business.  Contact us today by emailing

Visit the Starting a Food Business section for resources and tools to help you build your future in food. 

In the About the Sector section, you can learn about exciting new opportunities to manufacture products from agricultural fibre and crop by-products. 

What's New

The Manitoba Protein Challenge - March 17, 2020
The Manitoba Protein Challenge is a competition that showcases innovative plant and animal protein food products.  On March 17, 2020, you could be one of the contestants who presents your protein product and receives valuable feedback from retailers and distributors.  Check out the Manitoba Protein Advantage website.  The application deadline is February 7, 2020.

The Canadian cannabis market is providing new opportunities for Manitoba processors.  Check out the NEW factsheet to get started. 

Safe Food for Canadians Regulations

Did you know that the new Safe Food for Canadians Regulations have been in effect since January 15, 2019? 

The Safe Food for Canadians Regulations require food businesses that import ingredients or export a food product to have a Safe Food for Canadians license and preventive controls that outline steps to address potential food safety issues.  The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) website has resources to help you determine the requirements and compliance timelines that apply to your business.

This video will help you determine if your business requires a license and outlines the steps required.

This CFIA link provides a guide for preparing a preventive control plan for domestic food businesses.


Upcoming Events 

Growing Opportunities with Local Food
9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Steinbach, MB
Click here for details.

Manitoba Ag Days 2020 Breakfast Session
Agri-Products from Grower to Processor - Exploring Opportunities for CBD from Hemp
Thursday, January 23, 2020, 7:30-9:30 a.m.
Upstairs Lounge, Brandon Curling Club
For more information or to register, contact Laurie Crowe at 204-761-0551 or 

Safe Foods for Canadians Regulations
8:30 a.m.-12 noon.
Thursday, February 13, 2020
Best Western Plus, 1714 Pembina Highway
Winnipeg, MB.
Cost $20/person.
Click here for more details or contact Joy Lorette at 204-392-7268 or

Understanding Preventative Controls (PC's) and Preventative Control Plans (PCP's)
8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (Includes 1 hour for FDC Tour)
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Food Development Centre, 810 Phillips Street 
Portage la Prairie, MB.
Cost $30/person.
Click here for more details or 
contact Joy Lorette at 204-392-7268 or

Food Safety Culture
9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Thursday, March 12, 2020
Ag Services Complex, 545 University Crescent
Winnipeg, MB.
Cost $15/person.
Click here for more details or contact Joy Lorette at 
204-392-7268 or

The Manitoba Protein Challenge
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Winnipeg, MB
Check the Manitoba Protein Challenge website for details.