Food and beverage processing

Definition

The food and beverage processing sector consists of establishments that transform raw agricultural commodities and semi-processed food products into a broad range of food and beverage products ready for consumption or for further processing. The largest Canadian food and beverage processing sub-sectors in terms of shipments are the meat, dairy, beverages, grain and oilseeds, and bakery and tortilla processing industries. Other large sub-sectors include fruit and vegetable preserving and specialty foods, animal food, sugar and confectionary, as well as fish and seafood.

The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes are:  

  • 311—Food Manufacturing
  • 3121—Beverage Manufacturing
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