Québec is an international agri-food giant, building on a rich rural tradition. All sectors of the industry—raw materials, processing, sales and food service—are thriving.
Not only is Québec the world’s largest maple syrup producer, but its spring 2017 harvest set a new record at 152 million pounds, enough to fill 24 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
In recent years, Canadian sugar prices have averaged 35% lower than the price of sugar from the United States.
Québec is Canada’s largest pork producer, and it exports its products to nearly 100 countries.
More than two thirds of the soybeans produced in Québec for human consumption are exported, primarily to Asia, where they are used to produce soy milk, tofu, soy sauce and miso.
Québec is the world’s third-largest cranberry producer and also grows nearly 40% of Canada’s strawberries and wild blueberries.
Québec is vast and fertile—a generous land where excellent raw materials can be obtained or produced readily and affordably.
Accounting for close to 70,000 jobs, food processing is Québec’s top manufacturing employer.
Here are a few industry numbers for 2017:
For the last ten years, the growth in Québec’s exports has exceeded the Canadian and world averages. That’s a clear sign of a robust market!
Canada—and hence Québec—is a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO), which promotes free trade. Moreover, it has signed a number of trade agreements which partially or completely eliminate tariff barriers.
In force since July 1, 2017, the Canadian Free Trade Agreement aims to boost interprovincial trade and establish an open, efficient and stable domestic market.
Focusing on specific areas of expertise and recognized skill sets, Québec’s ACCORD niches and poles of excellence provide every Québec region with specific branding that they can use to gain greater visibility in Canada and around the world.
AgroBoréal , promoting Québec’s northern riches riches. The province’s northern resources fall into five categories: northern berries, seed potatoes and northern truck farming, non-wood boreal forest products, large cool-climate field crops and livestock farming in northern-conditions.
Aliments santé , Québec City (Capitale-Nationale) region: The Health Food niche of excellence promotes the creation of new health foods and improvements to the nutritional value of existing foods through the use of healthy ingredients and innovative technological solutions.
Ressources, sciences et technologies marines : le Québec maritime (aquaculture, marine biotechnologies, capture and processing of marine products, and marine technologies).
Subject to Canada’s food regulation and inspection system, which is known worldwide for its stringent standards, Québec-produced food is of excellent quality.
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