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About The Sector

Food and beverage manufacturing is the largest manufacturing sector in Manitoba. Annual manufacturing sales of Manitoba’s food and beverage manufacturing sector was $4.32 billion in 2011. Today, the food and beverage manufacturing sector in Manitoba represents 26% of Manitoba’s total manufacturing sales. The industry is driven by a unique combination of advantages, including leading-edge science, product development expertise and a diverse bounty of agricultural commodities to supply potential processors.
 
The sector provides direct employment to 10,994 Manitobans, which is equivalent to 4% of total jobs in Manitoba. Manitoba currently has 402 provincially permitted and 120 federally registered facilities. The meat and meat products sector is the largest food manufacturing sector in Manitoba. The meat and potato processing industries account for 60 to 70% of export sales which includes about 83% of fresh pork and approximately 96% of frozen potatoes. Almost 75% of food and beverage manufacturing facilities are located outside of the City of Winnipeg.
 
According to Industry Canada definitions, almost 99% of Manitoba’s food and beverage manufacturing businesses are small and medium size enterprises (SME): 18% micro (less than five staff), 74% small (5-100 staff), 4% medium (101-499), and 1% large (greater than 500).
 
The values of exports and imports for the food and beverage manufacturing sector are $1.75 billion and $778 million, respectively. The United States is Manitoba’s primary export market for the sector, accounting for 62% of total value of food exported. More than 90% of Manitoba food imports are also coming from the United States.

Manitoba's food and agri-processors produce local-brand products as well as ingredients for internationally known brands. They encompass:

  • more than 20 meat processors
  • three canola crushing facilities
  • two egg processors
  • flax fibre production
  • most of Canada's hemp processing operations
  • a growing ethanol and biodiesel industry
  • a major centre for composites research and manufacturing
  • four potato processing plants
  • vegetable processing
  • functional food, nutraceutical and pharmaceutical production
  • organic and conventional flour mills and bakeries
  • dairy and cheese production

Visit the Markets and Statistics section to view reports on Manitoba food production, as well as consumer trends and packaged foods statistics for markets around the world.

Emerging Bioproduct Processing

Manitoba is positioned to power Canada's emerging bioproducts economy. We have abundant natural resources, clean air and water - as well as strong research and business partnerships to move innovative products from concept to reality.

Our vision for bioproducts

The Manitoba government is committed to a sustainable bioproducts sector that will fuel the growth of our rural and northern economy. By 2020, Manitoba's bioproducts industry is expected to generate $2 billion in revenue annually. At least 80 % of this production will come from rural and northern Manitoba.

Manitoba's strategy

Our province has developed a bioproducts strategy to ensure that Manitoba is able to fully capture bioeconomy opportunities, while sustaining our needs for food, feed and medicines. The Manitoba Bioproducts Strategy was developed to provide information and strategic direction in developing the bioproduct sector in Manitoba.  The strategy also highlights the opportunities, challenges and strategic advantages that exist in the province. 

Priorities

The strategy will focus on:

  • sustainable biomass production and supply
  • biofuels and bioenergy
  • biofibres and biomaterials
  • biochemicals

To move this strategy forward, we will:

  • establish innovation and industry champions
  • invest in research, innovation and commercialization
  • create a skilled workforce
  • support market development
  • increase public awareness

Manitoba's bioproduct advantages

  • More than 36.2 million acres of land with agricultural potential.
  • 5.5 million acres sown to cereal crops and 400,000 acres sown to flax, producing about 6 million tonnes of biomass each year.
  • 20 million tonnes of manure production per year by Manitoba livestock operation.
  • Strong research-industry partnerships.

Composites Innovation Centre

The Composites Innovation Centre is a world class non profit research and testing facility dedicated to advancing the bioproduct and biomaterials sector in Manitoba. 
 
For more information, contact Jeff Kraynyk - Leader, Industry Development.
Phone: 204-250-1906

 


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