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Food & Agriculture 

APPETITE FOR SUCCESS

The Edmonton Metropolitan Region’s food and agriculture sector has deep roots and is home to both highly-developed and blossoming industries. The region hosts the entire sector value chain including high-quality primary production, a cluster of processing plants, globally-connected logistics, and a supplementary manufacturing sector.

The Edmonton Metropolitan Region is located on the Canadian Prairies, among the most productive agricultural lands on the planet. And 35% of Alberta’s best agricultural land is right here in our region. It’s one of the reasons we’re part of Canada’s plant protein supercluster. 


Primary production

Agriculture represents the largest use of land in the region, with roughly 1.7 million acres of farms covering 80% of the land. Conditions in the region are well-suited for grains, oilseeds, pulses, cannabis, hemp, and livestock production. The region has been making strides in diversifying its agriculture industry, turning to cannabis and hemp as new areas of focus. The Edmonton Metropolitan Region is one of the few locations in the world that has never experienced a region-wide crop failure.

Talent 

The talent in the Edmonton region is skilled and ready. With 7 post-secondary institutions in the region, businesses have unprecedented access to skilled talent. There are 100,000 enrolled students, the region is teeming with young talent with the know-how to get the job done. Research agrees: 89% of employers in Alberta are highly satisfied with the skills and work quality of post-secondary graduates. Alberta’s primary and secondary (kindergarten to grade 12) schools are also regarded as the best in the world.

Food & Agriculture Fact Sheet

Logistics

A well-integrated transportation system connects local farms and businesses on a regional, national, and international scale. Because of Canada’s commitment to trade, free trade agreements help ease global exporting. In 2016, Alberta exported approximately $10 billion in agri-food products. Almost all Canadian agricultural air traffic to Asia routes through the Edmonton International Airport due to its 24-hour freight services and shortest-in-Canada flight times.

Webinar – Investment opportunity – 
Plant protein fractionation

Want to learn more about the opportunity to invest in pulse protein fractionation in the Edmonton Metropolitan Region? This webinar outlines why the Edmonton region is poised to become a dominant player in the plant protein market including:

  • Large volumes of crops suited to making ingredients
  • A network of crop and food science R&D –  including on the commercialization side that can be expanded
  • Excellent transportation and logistics infrastructure that will allow for the export of plant ingredients
  • A stable jurisdiction with a supportive business environment for companies looking to set up plant ingredient facilities

Innovation Ecosystem

A robust research and development network plays a pivotal role in the growth of this industry.

In this growing business climate, industries are looking for ways to enhance the sector and make activities more profitable, efficient, and eco-friendly. 


Agri-Value Processing Business Incubator (APBI)

APBI is a multi-tenant facility located in Leduc that provides the infrastructure and services to support agricultural-based businesses.

DuPont Pioneer

DuPont Pioneer is a facility with an automated greenhouse and 2 research labs with a primary focus on the development of new crop hybrids.  

Food Processing Development Centre (FPDC)

The FPDC is an agri-food product development facility designed to strengthen and expand the capability of Alberta’s food processors to meet market challenges through new technology and the development of new or improved products and processes.

Innotech Alberta

Innotech conducts crop research, working with alternative crops and developing resilient strains.

Protein Supercluster

The Protein Supercluster is a $4.5 billion federally-funded supercluster created to promote and grow the plant-based protein industry.

UAlberta Faculty of Agriculture, Life, and Environmental Sciences

UAlberta is home to an entire graduate department dedicated to the advancement of food and nutritional science. The department is the first of its kind in North America, reflecting the integration of many disciplines.

Emergent Opportunities


Agri-tech

Our strength in food and agriculture has lead to growth and innovation in the machinery manufacturing sector and more revolutionary farming approaches. Local experts are creating world-class air seeders, advanced spraying systems, precision GPS seeding technologies, and harvesting machinery, to name a few.  

Cannabis & Hemp

With an established strength in primary production, the Edmonton Metropolitan Region is diversifying its crop yield and focusing on the new international demand for cannabis and hemp products. We are sowing the seeds of opportunity with forward-thinking laws, ample farmland, and dedicated research and development. 

Business Spotlight


The Little Potato Company


In 1996, Angela Santiago and her father, Jacob van der Schaaf, decided it was time to test out a big idea for little potatoes. The family business got to work cultivating little, nutritious, flavourful spuds that cook in no time.

Since humble beginnings of testing the market and washing batches of potatoes in a bathtub, the growth of The Little Potato Company has been anything but little. By 2000, Angela and Jacob bought their first plant with modified equipment to handle the specialized needs of Creamer potatoes. Within 4 years they had expanded production in the Edmonton Metropolitan Region. 

Aurora Cannabis


Aurora Cannabis is a medical cannabis company based in the region. Aurora Sky, the company’s 800,000-square-foot high-tech greenhouse, is the largest cannabis production facility in the world. The facility is strategically located next to the Edmonton International Airport (EIA) for easy international transportation. Aurora also takes advantage of prime office space in downtown Edmonton.

 

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