Alberta Food and Beverage Manufacturing Sales, 2017

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 Agri-Food Statistics Update - Issue No. FOOD18-1
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).
(c) Data are shown in current dollars.

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

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Release Information
On May 16, 2018, Statistics Canada released its 2017 and 2018 first quarter (January to March) manufacturing sales data both at the provincial and national level. More information is available on the Statistics Canada website:

Key Messages

  • In 2017, food and beverage manufacturing represented the largest manufacturing industry in Alberta (20.3 per cent of total manufacturing sales), after petroleum and coal product manufacturing (22.4 per cent).
  • Food and beverage manufacturing sales reached a record $14.4 billion, up 8.4 per cent from 2016. This marked the fourth consecutive annual gain. While food manufacturing sales jumped 11.1 per cent to $13.3 billion, beverage manufacturing declined 16.9 per cent to $1.1 billion. Contributing to the increased food manufacturing sales were meat products, including poultry (up 9.3 per cent, to $7.4 billion), dairy products (up 50.7 per cent, to $1.2 billion), and grain and oilseed milling (up 1.9 per cent, to $1.7 billion).
  • Alberta's meat products, including poultry, continued to be the largest food segment in the province, representing 55.2 per cent of total food manufacturing sales in 2017, as well as 25.6 per cent of total Canadian meat products ($28.7 billion).
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 July 11, 2018.