About the industry
Industry fast facts
Nationally, Alberta represented almost 18% ($10.0 billion) of Canadian total agri-food exports of $56.5 billion in 2016, and was the third largest exporter of agri-food products after Saskatchewan and Ontario.
Alberta's manufacturing industries employed 115,500 persons in 2016. The largest segment was made up of food and beverage manufacturing workers at 22,400 or 19.4% of the total.
Preliminary estimates for 2016 indicate that Alberta’s food and beverage processing industries represented the largest manufacturing sector in the province accounting for 23.3% or $14.6 billion of total manufactured goods ($62.6 billion). Chemical manufacturing ranked second at 21.1% or $13.2 billion. Petroleum and coal product manufacturing industries ranked third at 20.3% or $12.7 billion. Alberta is the third largest food and beverage producing province (13.0%) in Canada.
62.3% of Alberta’s food and beverage manufacturing industries in 2016 was concentrated in two segments: meat product manufacturing and grain and oilseed milling.
Alberta Food Manufacturing
Alberta's food and beverage products have high standards and a reputation for safety and quality.
In 2016, 53.9% of food manufacturing sales (excluding beverages) was concentrated in the meat product manufacturing segment.
Alberta Agri-food exports
In 2016, Alberta total agri-food exports were $10.0 billion, marginally lower than the 2015 record of $10.2 billion. Reduced exports of major grains combined with weaker prices contributed to the decline. The overall decline was moderated by an increase in value added products.
Value added exports rose for third consecutive year, up about 5.0% to $5.04 billion, and accounted for 50.4% of the total.
Exports of primary commodities (animals and crops) fell about 8.0% to $4.96 billion, representing 49.6% of Alberta’s total agri-food exports.
Toll-free in Alberta: 310-FARM (310-3276)
Out of province: 403-742-7901
Date Updated: Fri, 17 Nov 2017 02:26:06