In 2015, sales of Alberta’s processed food and beverage industry were a record $14.6 billion making it Alberta’s top manufacturing industry on a revenue basis. Meat product manufacturing accounts for one-half of the sector’s sales.
Some producers who are no longer content to sell raw commodities are striving for a larger share of the food dollar and are increasingly moving toward value added products such as:
- Adding value to hogs, cattle, bison, poultry and eggs through the production of finished meat products.
- Marketing crops such as organically grown grains.
- Producing specialty cheeses.
- Developing natural cosmetic and personal care products.
PlanAlberta has supported the development of Alberta’s agriculture value-added industry for more than 10 years, working with multiple organizations and contributing to their success.