Alberta Food and Beverage Manufacturing Sales, 2011-2016

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 Agri-Food Statistics Update - Issue No. FOOD16-1
Collected from a variety of sources, the Statistics and Data Development Section 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).

Please visit the following website for a complete listing of Agri-Food Statistics Update releases:$department/deptdocs.nsf/all/sdd5270

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

This update presents 2011-2015 annual and 2016 year-to-date (January to March) manufacturing sales for Alberta’s food and beverage processing industries.

Key Messages
  • In 2015, food and beverage processing industries represented the largest manufacturing sector in Alberta (21.5 per cent of total manufacturing sales). A total of 26,400 Albertans were employed in food and beverage manufacturing industries.
  • Setting a new record of $14.6 billion in 2015, food and beverage manufacturing sales increased 18.7 per cent over 2014, and marked the second consecutive year of growth. The increase was led by a 28.6 per cent gain in meat products (including poultry) sales, which accounted for 56.2 per cent of provincial food sales. Largely contributing to the increase in meat sales were strong boxed beef prices in 2015. The next largest segments were grain and oilseed milling, and animal foods (including livestock feed).
  • Food and beverage manufacturing sales in the first quarter of 2016 (January to March) totalled $3.4 billion, practically unchanged from the same period in 2015. Meat products sales fell 4.7 per cent to $1.7 billion, largely due to lower boxed beef prices.
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.

Note: Data shown in this update are in current dollars.

For a complete copy of this update, please download the attached pdf file.
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This information published to the web on August 31, 2016.
Last Reviewed/Revised on September 14, 2018.