|$1.13||CDN billion in sales|
|10||research chairs, trusts, institutes and centers|
|138||researchers in research centers|
2016 data for the Québec City census metropolitan area (CMA) by Québec International
The Food and Nutrition sector is a cutting-edge industry that contributes to the economic growth of the Québec City area. The ingenuity of its entrepreneurs has allowed it to stand out in national and international markets.
Its numerous research and training centres have made the Québec City area a nexus for innovation in the food and nutrition sector. This encourages the growth of businesses that become leaders of the pack in the functional food industry, also known as health food industry.
Major Canadian industrial groups in various areas of food processing are located in the Québec City metropolitan region. The region also hosts medium-sized food processing companies that occupy important market niches.
Many of the region's industry players are part of the Québec Health Food Cluster.
These entrepreneurs are committed to developing and marketing value-added products, giving people healthier food options.
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Many ministries and regional, provincial and national organizations are located in the Québec City area. In addition to their detailed knowledge of the industry, these groups provide funding solutions that are adapted to food processing businesses.
Here are some examples: Capital Financière agricole Inc.; Farm Credit Canada; the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPAQ); the Ministry of Economy, Science and Innovation (MESI) and Fondaction's Nutressor program.
Startup and operating costs for agrifood processing businesses are 9.3% lower in Québec City than they are in most cities in the United States.