Make Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development your first point of contact for help as you build your future in food and agri-products. We provide 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. 

Our 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 mbagrifood@gov.mb.ca

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

Assistance with the scale up of your food and beverage products for commercialization can be provided by ARD-Food Development Centre (ARD-FDC). ARD-FDC is a fee-for-service facility that provides technical and research assistance for agri-food businesses, with a services focus on plant and animal protein products and ingredients to support the Manitoba Protein Advantage (MPA). Contact us today by emailing FDCInfo@gov.mb.ca

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


 
COVID-19 Recovery
Are you looking for guidance for your business during the COVID-19 pandemic?  There are many resources available to support businesses during this challenging time. Visit the Food and Ag Processing Resources page to see a list of COVID-19 Recovery resources. These links will lead you to programs, tools and resources to help you plan for recovery, build resilience and adapt your business to thrive in the new normal.
 
BioProduct Directory
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. A wide variety of bioproducts are currently produced in Manitoba including biofuels, renewable epoxies and resins, hemp fibres and many other innovative products. For more information about our Manitoba bioproduct companies and products check out our updated Bioproduct Directory.
 
Is Your Food Company Ready for E-commerce?
With growing local competition and the increased use of the internet, greater emphasis on convenience and product customization among all demographic segments, it is becoming more important than ever for food companies to expand their business marketing channels. Before taking your food business online, consider using our new Is Your Company Ready for E-commerce? resource to help you assess your overall e-commerce readiness.
 
Getting Ready to Interprovincially Trade Your Food Product
You have a great product. You've done your research. You know your product fills an important niche in your local market. You now need to consider expanding your sales into other provinces to increase your customer base, grow your sales, and diversify your risk. Before embarking on this new initiative, consider using our new Getting Ready to Interprovincially Trade Your Food Product resource to help you assess your overall interprovincial trade readiness.
 
Safe Food for Canadians Regulations
Did you know that the new Safe Food for Canadians Regulations have been in effect since January 15, 2019?  For more information, please see the link below. 
 
 
Renting Out Your Commercial Kitchen – Things to Consider
Do you have your own processing facility with free time when production is not happening? Do you manage a commercial kitchen in your community and are looking for opportunities to increase revenue? In either of these situations, you might consider checking out our new resource Renting Out Your Commercial Kitchen – Things to Consider.  Renting your kitchen could provide a pathway to support food entrepreneurship, economic development, and increase local food security. 
 
Renting a Commercial Kitchen – A Checklist
If you are planning to sell a food product at a farmers’ market, retail or food service markets, you may be looking for a facility to process your product and renting a commercial kitchen might be a viable option. Our new resource, Renting a Community Kitchen - A Checklist will take you step-by-step through the many things to consider, including obtaining a permit to process your product to making sure you have sufficient liability insurance in place. 
 
Sample Commercial Kitchen Rental Agreement
When a food processor is looking to rent a commercial kitchen, it is very important to arrange a rental agreement with the kitchen that suits the needs of both the facility owner and the tenant. This Sample Kitchen Rental Agreement provides a template for putting an agreement in writing, acknowledging the terms that have been mutually understood and agreed on.
 
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