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The food processing industry: a major asset to the Québec City metropolitan region

Key figures

160 businesses
6,750 jobs
$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 manufacturers in the area

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.

  • Agropur
  • Alex Coulombe
  • Atrium Innovations
  • Boulangerie Maguire
  • Canada Bread
  • Chocolats Favoris
  • Frito Lay Canada
  • Fruit d'Or
  • Krispy Kernels
  • Groupe Leclerc
  • Labatt
  • Molson Canada
  • Nutriart
  • Olymel
  • Laura Secord
  • Saputo

Focusing on developing healthy foods

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.

Discover our home-grown healthy innovations 

An ecosystem centered on food innovation

Education establishments feeding the industry

Local funding and expertise

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.

Québec City is no. 1 in Canada and the United States in startup and operating costs

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.

The Québec City metropolitan region has a lot to offer. To find out more, read our brochure Invest in the Quebec City metropolitan region or the Choose Québec section to learn more.

A directiry of Québec food processing expertise

Launched in 2015 by Québec International and the Québec Health Food Cluster, this tool lists Québec experts who can support the industry in developing nutritionally-enhanced foods.


For more information

Food and Nutrition - Fact Sheet
Québec City CMA 

By Québec International.

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