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Southern Alberta is home to a strong and diversified base of value-added food processing and manufacturing capabilities with supportive supply and distribution networks.


Alberta has a reputation for high quality, safe food and beverage products. The food processing industry is highly regulated, ensuring common standards of quality and safety. Alberta ranks third in Canada for food manufacturing sales, contributing $14.5 billion in 2016. It is also the third largest exporter of agri-food products in the country, accounting for 18 per cent of the Canadian total. Key products include ready to eat packaged food, food products and ingredients, meat and some emerging niche and premium products. Alberta continues to be the largest beef producing province in Canada. It leads the country in livestock, cattle and calf market receipts. Plant based proteins have experienced global growth in recent years. Key crops in which Alberta has an established advantage include field peas, dry beans, chickpeas, lentils and fava beans.

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