Alberta Food and Beverage Manufacturing Sales, 2010-2015

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Agri-Food Statistics Update - Issue No. FOOD15-1
Collected from a variety of sources, the Statistics and Data Development Branch monitors statistical indicators of agri-food activity for Alberta. The Agri-Food Statistics Update is designed to provide users with commentary on current issues, trends and new developments related to agriculture and the food and beverage processing industries. Up-to-date statistics are supplemented with informative charts and diagrams. To gauge Alberta’s performance, comparative data and information are often available for Canada and the provinces.

Manufacturing sales data are generated from two establishment based surveys conducted by Statistics Canada:
(a) The Monthly Survey of Manufacturing (MSM) collects monthly estimates of sales of goods manufactured, inventories and orders.
(b) The Annual Survey of Manufactures and Logging (ASML) collects principal industrial statistics (revenue, employment, salaries and wages, costs of materials/supplies, energy, water utility as well as inventories).

Note to Users: The contents of this document may not be used or reproduced without properly accrediting Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, Economics and Competitiveness Division, Statistics and Data Development Branch.

This Update presents 2010-2014 annual and 2015 year-to-date (January to September) manufacturing sales for Alberta’s food and beverage processing industries.

Key Messages
  • In 2014, food and beverage processing industries represented the second largest manufacturing sector in Alberta (17.3 per cent of total manufacturing sales) after petroleum and coal products industries (28.7 per cent). A total of 25,500 Albertans were employed in food/beverage processing industries in 2014.
  • Reaching a record $13.7 billion in 2014, food and beverage manufacturing sales increased 9.7 per cent over 2013, and marked the fifth consecutive annual gain. The latest increase was led by a 24.1 per cent gain in meat products (including poultry) sales, which accounted for over one-half of total provincial food sales. The next largest segments were grain and oilseed milling and animal foods (including livestock feed).
  • Food and beverage manufacturing growth continued in 2015 with January to September total sales ($11.0 billion) increasing 8.2 per cent over the same period in 2014. Meat products industries showed substantial growth, up 12.9 per cent to $5.8 billion. The upward trend was largely due to sales of red meat products which rose 13.0 per cent to $5.1 billion. Alberta accounted for just over one-half of the Canadian red meat sales.
Manufacturing sales refers to the value of goods manufactured from own materials whether at the business unit (plant, mill or factory) or at any other subcontracted manufacturing plant located in Canada. Sales include goods that were shipped earlier on consignment, sales shipped to foreign countries for which customs entry forms have been prepared, charges for installation of manufactured goods where installation is part of sale and the book value of goods sold for rental. Sales exclude transfers into inventory and consignment sales, shipping charges by common or contract carriers, discounts and returns, federal and provincial sales taxes and excise duties and taxes and sales of goods purchased for resale.

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This information published to the web on January 12, 2016.
Last Reviewed/Revised on July 31, 2018.