Alberta Food Data Facts No. 3 - Alberta Value of Food Exports, 2007-2016

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 What are Food Exports?
Food exports presented in this issue refer to products and by-products of manufacture exported to other countries. These exports include edible food products, beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and animal feed.  Food products refer to meats, milled and prepared cereals (oat groats, pasta, bakeries) oils, fruits and vegetable preparations, processed potatoes (french fries) and such food products as soups, sauces, wheat gluten and stuffed pasta. Food exports do not include raw commodities (animals and crops) and inedible crude animal and plant products. The proportion of food exports as a percentage of food and beverage manufacturing sales is based on the value of food exports which is not adjusted for freight charges to the point of exit, insurance and other costs.
  • Over the past decade (2007-2016), Alberta exported on average $2.9 billion of food and food products or 34% of the total agri-food exports. During the past five years (2012-2016), these exports have grown steadily averaging $3.3 billion annually.
  • In 2016, food exports were at $3.9 billion, virtually unchanged from 2015. As a percentage of the total agri-food exports, food rose from 38% in 2015, to 39% in 2016. Overall, increases in exports of manufacture food products continued in 2016.
  • Meat and meat products, at $2.3 billion, continued to account for the largest share of food exports in 2016 (55% of the total). Beef ($1.7 billion) remained the number one export, with pork in second place. The next largest food exports were animal feeds, cereals milled and prepared, processed potatoes, oils and fats and beverages.
  • Food exports represented about 27% of manufacturing sales in 2016, marginally down from 29% in 2015..
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This information published to the web on November 15, 2017.
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