About the industry

Industry fast facts

  • Nationally, Alberta represented 18% ($10.2 billion) of Canadian total agri-food exports of $56.0 billion in 2015, and was the third largest exporter of agri-food products after Saskatchewan and Ontario.

  • Alberta's manufacturing industries employed 139,900 persons in 2015. The largest segment was made up of food and beverage manufacturing workers at 26,400 or 18.9% of the total.

  • Preliminary estimates for 2015 indicate that Alberta’s food and beverage processing industries represented the largest manufacturing sector in the province accounting for 21.5% or $14.63 billion of total manufactured goods ($68.0 billion). Petroleum and coal product manufacturing industries ranked second at 21.4% or $14.56 billion. Chemical manufacturing industries ranked third at 17.7% or $12.0 billion. Alberta is the third largest food and beverage producing province (13.7%) in Canada.

  • Alberta’s food and beverage products have high standards and a global reputation for safety and quality.

  • 63.5% of Alberta’s food and beverage manufacturing industries in 2015 was concentrated in two segments: meat product manufacturing and grain and oilseed milling.

Alberta Food Manufacturing

In 2015, 56.2% of food manufacturing sales (excluding beverages) was concentrated in the meat product manufacturing segment.

Alberta Agri-food exports

In 2015, Alberta total agri-food exports set another record at $10.2 billion, exceeding the 2014 record by 4.5%. The low Canadian dollar and relatively strong livestock and meat prices contributed to the increase. Gains were reported mainly in exports of value added processed products. These exports increased 12.5% to $4.8 billion, and accounted for 47.2% of the total. Exports of primary commodities (animals and crops) fell 1.8% to $5.4 billion, representing 52.8% of Alberta’s total agri-food exports.


Ag-Info Centre

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Out of province: 403-742-7901