Brampton’s food sector recognized as best in North America for second straight year

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Published July 28, 2021 at 4:38 pm

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For the second consecutive year, the City of Brampton’s food and beverage sector has been named the best in North America.

Brampton received a first place ranking in the Food Processing Leaders category in the Business Facilities Magazine 17th annual Metro Rankings Report.

The city received top marks thanks to employment, announced projects and recent expansions categories. The full 2021 Rankings Report can be found here.

“Brampton’s Food and Beverage sector has played an instrumental role in keeping food on the shelves and Canadians fed throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and we thank all of our essential workers for their contributions,” said Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown.

“This second consecutive year, we are especially proud to receive a first place ranking from Business Facilities Magazine as a Food Processing Leader. This ranking is a testament to the excellent work our food and beverage processing businesses are doing, and also to our Economic Development team who support them.”

As part of Ontario’s Food Cluster, one of North America’s largest Agri-Food sectors, Brampton has a thriving food and beverage sector supported by industry-leading technology, top-quality products and a rich agricultural tradition.

Brampton’s food and beverage sector is a one-stop shop complete with food testing, processing and packaging facilities as well as transportation, packaging design, equipment and refrigeration storage, all within the city.

Brampton’s food and beverage sectors contribute $1.3 billion annually to the Canadian gross domestic product. More than 8,500 people are employed in approximately 300 companies in food and beverage manufacturing, processing and support industries.

“With a focus on business retention and expansion, we are working to bring new businesses to Brampton while supporting our amazing existing businesses,” said regional councillor Paul Vicente, vice-chair of the City’s Economic Development and Culture committee.

The food and beverage processing sector is one of four key sectors in Brampton, which also include advanced manufacturing, health and life sciences, and innovation and technology.

Top employers in the food and beverage sector in Brampton include headquarters for Loblaws, Maple Lodge Farms, and Italpasta. Additionally, key employers like Coca-Cola Bottling and Give and Go Prepared Foods have facilities in Brampton.

All of these companies have strategically positioned themselves within Brampton to take advantage of the city’s talent, infrastructure and market access.

Brampton’s Food and Beverage sector has remained strong throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and has been a key contributor to the City’s economic strength during this time.

For more on Brampton’s Food and Beverage sector, visit here.

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