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Food and Beverage

Tap into a Growing Market Ready for New Flavours

Eastern Ontario is host to one of the province's largest food clusters with a vibrant representation of companies making Ontario East their home.

A Prime Location for Food Processing Success

Ontario’s food processing industry is thriving and Ontario East is a high-value and low-cost place to do business. A strong economic partnership among food manufacturers, educational institutions and local economic development offices helps to keep the area’s food processing industry strong and highly productive.

Embrace Success in the Food and Beverage Sector of Eastern Ontario

Food-quality buildings and site-certified, investment-ready lands are available at costs much lower than other major centres.

Ontario East provides for a full range of support-related services including research and development, training programs and equipment fabrication.

Strategically located in the heart of the eastern North American market, near three of Canada's largest markets – Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal – with easy border access to U.S. and international markets.

The food processing industry in Eastern Ontario is supported by a strong supply chain with access to raw materials along with warehousing, specialist logistics and cold storage providers, as well as packaging services.

Eastern Ontario is a centre for research and development with world-class educational institutions specializing in food and agriculture with related science and an innovative technology cluster.

By the Numbers

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The number of people employed in the food and beverage sector in Eastern Ontario.
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Largest in North America. Annual sales total more than $48 billion.
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Of the total food and beverage businesses in Ontario, manufacturers make up this percentage of all the businesses.
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Number of communities within the Ontario East region.

Costs to Operate Are Lower Here

Eastern Ontario's competitive advantage lies in its lower operational costs, from affordable real estate to cost-effective labour and utilities.
View the Ontario East-Advanced Food and Beverage Industry Operating Costs Report (2022)

Discover Your Ideal Location

Find Available Properties

Explore opportunities in Eastern Ontario that provide strategic locations, modern amenities, and scalability for your growing business needs.

I’m from Napanee, my parents are from Belleville, our family grew up less than 5 kms away. I have always wanted to work in the area and live in the area. Having a company that has all these R&D opportunities available and allows me to live out in the country is amazing.

Greg Farrar, Head of R&D, Belleville Operations
CpK Interior Products

Looking for some assistance?

Discover how Ontario East Economic Development’s knowledgeable team can guide you through site selection, provide access to a skilled workforce, and offer specialized support to propel your organization forward.

  • Resource accessibility
  • Access to market information
  • Tailored support with R&D, training and fabrication

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