Food and Beverage
Toronto's food and beverage sector is the largest of its kind in Canada and the second largest and fastest growing in North America, generating annual revenues of $18 billion. Toronto is the centre of Ontario's food and beverage sector, employing over 60,000 people.
Toronto is the major decision making centre for Canada's food and beverage industry, with half of the country's top ranked manufacturers headquartered in the city.
More than 75% of all agricultural products grown on farms outside the region are processed locally in the Toronto region – with a quarter of those servicing the fast-growing specialty food market spurred by the city's diverse population. The size of the specialty food segment is doubling every six years.
Toronto Food Business Incubator
The Toronto Food Business Incubator (TFBI) ensures new and innovative products are continually introduced to local consumers, thus supporting entrepreneurs and teaching them the best practices of food production. Support for labour force education and training ensures that Toronto processors are producing safe, secure, and affordable food products with the assistance of government funding.
TFBI is a non-profit organization that supports small entrepreneurs interested in starting a new food company. The TFBI contains a fully licensed industrial kitchen available for rent to small food processing businesses that would otherwise have to make a large capital investment.
Toronto Food Industry Advisory Committee
The Toronto Food Industry Advisory Committee addresses the needs of Toronto's food industry. The committee includes representatives from the city's food sector and the two other levels of government.
The information gathered from the Labour Force Readiness Plan was used to provide training to the Ontario food processing industry on the emerging issue of labour and workforce shortages. Ontario's Destination Excellence program has developed "best management" tools and resources to increase the capacity of Ontario’s food and beverage processing industry to recruit and retain workers.
Ontario Food Terminal
The Ontario Food Terminal is a unique asset, not just in the Toronto region, but in Canada. It is the largest wholesale fruit, vegetable and flower market in Canada, and one of the five largest produce markets in North America. It plays a central role in the food industry and supports grocery stores, restaurants, caterers, and florists in eastern Canada and in some American states.
Food & Consumer Products of Canada
Food & Consumer Products of Canada (FCPC) represents member companies that range in size from small independently and privately-owned companies to large, global multinationals. The FCPC strives to provide industry leadership and foster a business environment where members can compete, innovate, and sustain growth in a ethical and responsible manner.
Pick Ontario Freshness
The Pick Ontario Freshness marketing strategy focuses on building awareness and demand for fresh, high-quality foods grown and produced in Ontario. This strategy encourages consumers to purchase Ontario foods in grocery stores, farmers' markets, and restaurants across the province. The strategy includes developing economic opportunities through the Ontario Market Investment Fund (OMIF), a four-year, $12 million provincial initiative to promote consumer awareness of Ontario-produced foods.
Employment in the Food and Beverage sector by industry.