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The Ontario Food Cluster: a full serving of opportunity for the global agri-food sector

The Ontario Food Cluster welcomes international investment to its thriving cluster of 3,200 food and beverage companies that harvest success from within Canada’s largest pool of agri-food talent.

With manufacturing revenue of $36.9 billion, Ontario is one of North America's largest agri-food sectors. Processors purchase about 65% of Ontario's food-related farm production that includes over 200 agricultural commodities. The sector provides almost 740,000 jobs across the province.

Ontario competes! Canada’s most populous province was ranked number one in North America for total foreign investment capital in 2013. It’s combined federal-provincial general corporate income tax rate is almost 13 percentage points lower than the average combined federal-state corporate income tax rate in the United States. It’s also competitive with the average corporate income tax rate of Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) member countries.

Ontario’s expanding agri-food cluster includes internationally focused companies such as ADM, General Mills Canada, Grissin Bon, H.J. Heinz Company of Canada, Labatt Breweries of Canada, Maple Leaf Foods, Kellogg Canada, Saputo, Sleeman Breweries, Royal Canin Canada, Dare Foods, Ferrero Canada, Dr. Oetker Canada, McCormick Canada, Cargill Canada, George Weston Ltd., Unilever and Diageo Canada Inc.

These companies and others in Ontario enjoy access to the growing and lucrative North American market of more than 460 million consumers. 


The Ontario Food Cluster coming to Brazil, USA and Germany in 2015

Ontario Food Cluster delegations are travelling to international tradeshows in Brazil, the USA and Germany this year to attract international investment to Ontario's thriving cluster of 3,200 food and beverage companies that harvest success from within Canada’s largest pool of agri-food talent.

If you would like to meet with an Ontario Food Cluster representative at any of the following tradeshows, please click here to set up an appointment: 

APAS 2015 – Sao Paulo, Brazil – May 4-7

Sweets & Snacks Expo – Chicago, USA – May 19-21

ANUGA 2015 – Cologne, Germany – October 10-14

PLMA Trade Show 2015 – Chicago, USA – November 15-17


Dollars & Sense: Opportunities to Strengthen Southern Ontario's Food System

The Dollars & Sense: Opportunities to Strengthen Southern Ontario's Food System study identifies ways Ontario can make changes to its food system to increase the supply of local food, create jobs, and support healthier lifestyles.

Encompassing the first research of its kind in Canada, the report, produced in partnership with the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, the Metcalf Foundation, and the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, looks at a number of scenarios. Key findings include:

  • Reducing the top 10 fruit and vegetable imports by 10 per cent and expanding local production would help create 3,400 jobs and boost the province’s GDP by nearly a quarter billion dollars.
  • Ontarians adopting a healthier diet leads to higher consumer demand for fruits, vegetables, and some grains. For example, if consumers moved to an ideal level of oat consumption in their diets, 241 jobs would be created and the province’s GDP would grow by more than $14.2 million.
  • Transitioning 10 per cent of food consumption to organic would improve farm incomes and reduce the environmental impact of food production, but require imports of many products unless local organic production was increased. 

Click here to access the study PDF from the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation.  


Healthier croissants and Danishes, better WOW from smarter drinks and soy-dairy cheese tech on offer from University of Guelph to global agri-businesses

Agri-food companies from 14 countries have spent $24 million over past five years to take advantage of U of G research capability, with Americans and Germans in the lead Whether it’s building a better Danish, expanding the types of ingredients that can be used in the next generation of smart beverages or a new soft-ripened cheese made healthier by soy products, the Ontario Food Cluster is inviting global agri-food firms to set up subsidiaries in Canada’s largest province. As part of Ontario’s 3,200-company, $39 billion agri-food sector, these companies can take advantage of University of Guelph (U of G) research programs that produce partnership and licensing opportunities on innovations like these.

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Gesündere Croissants und Blätterteige, bessere WOW-Emulsionen für smarte Drinks und Sojamilch-Käsereitechnik im Angebot der kanadischen University of Guelph für internationale Agri-Unternehmen

Agri-Food-Firmen aus 14 Ländern haben in den letzten 5 Jahren 24 Mio. Dollar investiert, um die Forschungskompetenz der "U of G" zu nutzen - deutsche und US-Firmen an der Spitze Ob es um die Verbesserung des Kopenhagener Gebäcks, um die Ausweitung der Zutaten in der nächsten Generation smarter Getränke oder um einen neuen, mild-gereiften Käse geht, die durch Sojaprodukte gesünder werden: der Ontario Food Cluster lädt internationale Agri-Food-Firmen ein, sich in Kanadas größter Provinz niederzulassen. Diese Firmen können gemeinsam mit Ontarios 3200 Unternehmen im Agri-Food-Sektor, die 39 Mrd. Dollar umsetzen, von den Forschungsprogrammen der University of Guelph (U of G) profitieren, in denen Partnerschaften und Lizenzmöglichkeiten für Innovationen wie diesen entstehen.

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$417 million Ontario Growing Forward 2 funding program feeds innovation, competitiveness and market development

Sao Paulo, Brazil – SIAL Brazil 2013 – June 25, 2013 – The Ontario Food Cluster – the largest food and beverage processing jurisdiction in Canada and among the three largest in North America – is inviting global food processing companies to invest and expand in Canada’s largest province. Processors located in Ontario may access the comprehensive new Growing Forward 2 program, backed by $417 million in federal and provincial funding that encourages innovation, collaboration and market driven outcomes by focusing on increased profits, expanded markets, and managing risks.

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