About The Sector

Food and Beverage Processing 

Food and beverage manufacturing is the largest manufacturing sector in Manitoba, accounting for 32 percent of Manitoba's total manufacturing sales in 2020. Total food and beverage manufacturing sales in 2020 were $5.9 billion, sixteen percent higher than the previous year. The sector directly employed 12,650 Manitobans in 2020 and is the largest manufacturing employer in the province. 

Productive farmland suitable for the production of various crops and animals, access to state of the art research facilities and world-class transportation infrastructure, available highly skilled labour, and a business-friendly environment make Manitoba a unique place to invest in food and beverage processing. Manitoba has a vibrant food processing sector with 740 food processing establishments. Manitoba's three largest food processing industries are meat product manufacturing, grain and oilseed milling and dairy product manufactuing.

Major food processors in Manitoba include:

  • Meat products (Maple Leaf Foods, Hylife Foods, True North Foods, Granny's Poultry Co-operative Ltd., and Dunn-Rite)
  • Grains and Oilseeds (Bunge Canada, Viterra, Richardson Milling, Roquette, Emerson Milling, and Merit Functional Foods)
  • Potato (McCain Foods and Simplot)
  • Dairy Products (Lucerne Foods Ltd., Parmalat Dairy Bakery Inc., Dairyworld Foods, and MDI Holdings Corp)

Exports for processed food and beverage products stood at $3.31 billion in 2020, an increase of 16.4 percent as compared to 2019.  This accounts for 56 percent of the total food and beverage manufacturing sales in 2020. Manitoba exports processed food and beverage products to about 72 countries, with the top four markets in 2020 being United States, Japan, China and Mexico.

Visit the Markets and Statistics section to view food and value added agriculture reports and statistics.  

The Manitoba Protein Advantage

The province released a first-of-its-kind sustainability focused protein strategy, called the Manitoba Protein Advantage.  The strategy focuses future efforts and encourages leadership and industry collaboration to make Manitoba North America's protein supplier of choice. Manitoba has clear advantages to attract sustainable protein production and processing investments.  Click to see our protein industry profile and expertise in protein innovation to know more about proteins produced in Manitoba and the cluster of organizations that enable companies to develop innovative protein products in a sustainable manner.

Organic Food and Beverage Processing 

The organic food processing sector in Manitoba is small but growing, with 32 food and beverage processors. More than half (21) of these processors produce value-added foods from the organic grains and oilseeds grown in the province.  There are several organic meat processors and one organic dairy processor.

A report produced by the Manitoba government and the Canadian Organic Trade Association details the growth, opportunities and challenges in this growing sector. 

Organic Food Processing in Canada: State of the Industry Report 2018


Bioproduct Processing

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.  Check out the newly published Manitoba Bioproduct Industry Overview and Bioproduct directory

CIC Engineering

The Composites Innovation Centre Engineering is a world class non profit research and testing facility dedicated to advancing the bioproduct and biomaterials sector in Manitoba. 

Composite Knowledge Network

The Composites Knowledge Network (CKN) hosts Application and Impact Mobilization (AIM) Events to share knowledge from leading industry experts to the composites industry. AIM events and the CKN Knowledge in Practice Centre provide access to a repository of world-class composites knowledge, best practices and latest technologies and supports all levels of the composites industry.