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Food + Agri-Industrial

A Great Place to Grow

Alberta, with its vast plains and rich farmlands and famous beef, has a history rooted in agriculture and food production. With plenty of know-how and available space, Edmonton is fertile environment that is well-suited for success in this industry.
Alberta Beef

A fertile food ecosystem

Alberta is the third largest overall crop producer (by GDP) in Canada, meaning an abundant supply of agriculture feedstock. Our province comes in first place for barley production, second for wheat and canola, and third for oats. This feedstock is used by many local businesses, whether they are food processors or those developing new and innovative products.

In 2016, Edmonton held a quarter of Alberta’s individuals with post-secondary education in Agri-Food related fields. An abundance of talent, diverse business incubators and research facilities, and international access through established trades agreements and supply chain infrastructure provides a unique opportunity for growing and start-up businesses.

Internationally Accessible

Edmonton is located on major transportation corridors for road and rail, and has direct international cargo flights to the USA, Asia, and Europe.

Alberta is the second largest exporter of Agriculture products in Canada and the largest exporter of processed food and beverage products in Western Canada. The province’s top export markets for agriculture and food products include the United States, China, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, and Indonesia.

Trade deals such as the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA), and the Comprehensive Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) mean that the products produced here have easy access to most of the major markets in the world.

The Food & Agri-Industrial Industry in Edmonton benefits from:

1.7 million

acres of farmland supporting over 3,200 farms

10,000+ net acres

available for prestige industrial development surrounding Edmonton

1st Established

graduate program in Canada dedicated to agriculture, food, and nutritional sciences through the University of Alberta

Edmonton is a city of entrepreneurs & risk-takers. Our corporate & community leaders continually step up - we're in it together. We're defined by boldness & determination; grounded in reciprocity.
Keith Shillington Senior Vice President, Stantec
Farmland

Part of Canada's Food Innovation Superclusters

Part of the Government of Canada’s $950-million Innovation Superclusters Initiative, the Proteins Industries Supercluster was selected to encourage the development of key technologies in processing and plant genomics to improve the yield and increase the value of key Canadian crops, such as canola, wheat, and pulses. These crops not only satisfy high-growth foreign markets in Asia, specifically China and India, but will capitalize on the emerging market for innovative plant-based meat alternatives and new food products in North America and Europe.

With the advantage of this support, Alberta and the companies and researchers within our city will continue to build upon our reputation as world leaders in agricultural production and innovation, making us the crucial supply source for crops, plant proteins, and beyond.

This industry-led alliance consists of more than 120 partners, private sector companies, universities, colleges, and other stakeholders in Canada.

Edmonton is also included within the Smart Agri-Food Super Cluster (SASC), a pan-Canadian consortium of large and small companies, cross-sectoral industry organizations, post-secondary institutions, and government agencies committed to a systems-based farm-to fork approach to energizing innovation in Agri-Food. The University of Alberta is one of seventeen educational institutions involved in the SASC program, which is backed by multinational corporations such as McDonald’s, General Mills, Telus, Microsoft, and Cargill.

Edmonton offers professionals fertile ground to grow careers & build lives. It's a place of partnership, promise, & opportunity.
Keith Shillington Senior Vice President, Stantec

Specialties in Biotechnology & Food Processing

Edmonton is home to specialized facilities to help prepare and train those interested in the agriculture, food processing, and biotechnology industries. In addition, the University of Alberta plays a large role in research related to oilseed biotechnology, bioresource engineering, food microbiology, and food processing. Crucial facilities include:

  • The Agri-Food Discovery Place (AFDP)
  • Cellulose Nanocrystals Pilot Plant
  • Crop Diversification Centre North
  • The Food Processing Development Centre and Agrivalue Business Incubator

A Leader in the Emerging Hemp & Cannabis Industries

Within Alberta there is a new emphasis on the emerging innovations involving hemp production and its manufacturing use potential. Currently, Canada is the only country in North America where the cultivation of industrial hemp is legal. Edmonton is also well-suited to be a leader in the nationally legalized cannabis industry that is estimated to be worth more than $10 billion dollars. Local entrepreneurs and companies are already well-established here in Edmonton, with companies such as Aurora Cannabis, Atlas Growers, and Canopy Growth.

Success Stories

Success Stories
Food and Agri-industrial

BioNeutra creates a low-calorie sweetener with actual nutritional value

Advanced Technology Centre alumnus company says community key for finding investors
Dr. Jianhua Zhu, founder, president and CEO of BioNeutra
Food and Agri-industrial

Range Road Meat

Range Road Meat
Food and Agri-industrial

Siwin Foods

Siwin Foods

Questions?

For more information on Edmonton’s Food and Agri-Industrial sector, get in touch with our Enterprise Edmonton division.