Though Alberta's International Region is a powerful industrial hub, agri-foods is an important sector providing economic stability and diversity to a region heavily focused in energy-related business. Agri-food sectors include food engineering and processing, agriculture and ag-engineering, trade, and rural services. Corporately-run research facilities in this sector are dedicated to the development of new agricultural technologies and supplies, and encouraging the growth and expansion of this vital industry in highly competitive domestic and global markets.

Regional Advantages

  • Home to the Agrivalue Processing Business Incubator (APBI), one of two facilities of this type in the world. The underlying purpose of this facility is to assist with the start-up of new food businesses, providing facilities and programs to help manage the transition from new product development, through commercialization, market launch and growth in sales. Successful transition results in graduation and the establishment of their own facilities. 
  • The Leduc Food Processing Development Centre, a modern, fully equipped pilot plant and product development laboratory facility, is located within Alberta’s International Region.
  • The Food Processing Development Centre and the Agrivalue Processing Business Incubator have seen great success between 2010 – 2014, including the incubation of 17 new companies and graduating 9 companies to new facilities.  The direct capital investment by program graduates is in excess of $66.5 million and direct employment from graduates has created more than 200 full time positions.

Industry Fast Facts

  • The food and beverage industry is Alberta's largest secondary manufacturing industry, generating in excess of $12.7 billion in value of shipments.
  • Alberta represented almost 20% of Canadian total Agri-food exports of $40.6 billion in 2011. Alberta is the 3rd largest food & beverage producing province in Canada.
  • 60.8% of Alberta’s food and beverage manufacturing industries in 2011 was concentrated in two segments: meat products and grain and oilseed milling.
  • There are 1255 farms in the Leduc County