Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
The Meat, Beef and Poultry Processing industry represents a large portion of Canada's food processing sector, both in terms of exports and employment. The industry has seen declines in recent years due to decreased per capita meat consumption. Increasingly health-conscious consumers have decreased their consumption of red meats and opted for healthier sources of protein (e.g. fish, soy meats, and poultry). Decreased disposable income has also increased demand for poultry products, as poultry is typically a cheaper protein source than most red meats. Nevertheless, a rebounding economy and improved consumer sentiment toward industry products is expected to boost industry revenue over the next five years... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter
Due to high and mounting transportation costs, Meat, Beef and Poultry Processing establishments in Canada are strategically located near sources of key upstream industries (e.g. beef cattle, pig and chicken farming operations). Firms must also remain within a serviceable distance to large city markets. As a result, the establishments are mainly concentrated in the provinces with the highest populations: Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia.
Ontario, which accounts for the largest share of the Canadian population at about 38.8%, holds the majority of industry establishments at an estimated 32.2% of the total. Similarly, Quebec houses about 25.6% of total industry operations, while accounting for about 23.1% of the nation's population... purchase to read more