Did You Know?
London’s food processing sector boasts an employee base of over 6,000 people - a number that has grown steadily over the past decade. London is in lockstep with the province of Ontario’s goal to create more than 100,000 jobs in agri-food by 2020 with the expectation that food processing will account for at least half that number. By building on successful legacies of robust companies like McCormick Canada and Cargill Canada, London is poised to harvest rich rewards in this sector.
Convenient access to raw materials and major markets has historically been one of the leading reasons for attracting agri-food companies. London now has more than 60 food and beverage processing companies employing over 6,000 people and focused in baked goods, meat products, frozen desserts, spices, honey, alcoholic beverages and more.
- Innovation Park’s dual feed electricity supply and availability of high pressure natural gas lines offer advantages to food processing companies
- Easy access to Canada’s agricultural farm belt; supply chain support including temperature controlled and refrigerated logistics providers, equipment maintenance, and food grade packaging suppliers; unique fresh water supply system certified to meet many elements of HACCP and ISO9001; available industrial land and building infrastructure
Education, Research & Development
- Training facilities like Fanshawe College and Brescia University College provide critical skills development on food processing as well as nutrition, sciences, product development and food chemistry
- Western University students in the Faculty of Science are equipped with the necessary microbiology, biochemistry and analytical skills to succeed in the Food and Beverage industry
- The London Research and Development Centre is one of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s (AAFC) national network of 20 research centres. The Centre conducts research in the areas of genomics, biotechnology and integrated pest management, as well as the protection and improvement of fruit and vegetable crops
Case StudyThe Original Cakerie
The LEDC worked with the Original Cakerie in securing a 25 acre site in London’s Innovation Park - a premier industrial site with Class A services including underground hydro with dual feeds, as well as easy access to a fresh water supply from Lake Erie and Lake Huron. With world-class infrastructure, a talented workforce and established supply chains, London is proud to be home to over 60 leading food and beverage companies. Click here to view the full case study.
Case StudyDr. Oetker
It's no accident Dr. Oetker chose London for the first-ever expansion out of Germany for its frozen pizza line. The city's farm base, skilled workers, abundant water supply, and up-to-date transport system made us an ideal suitor when the company came calling. Dr. Oetker's interest in London started in 2009 in a crowded room where a host of businesses met with their suppliers and districts. Click here to view the full case study.
The strong farming community in this region makes it a vital food Processing centre for business and commerce. From engineering, finance and food safety, we don’t have to look too far afield to find talent in all those areas.Derek Schoonbaert, Managing Director, Cargill Canada Living
October 17, 2017 | 8:30am - 4:00pm
This workshop will help you improve your ability to generate excellent content to attract target customers, understand what impact your marketing activities are having on your business and optimize your digital marketing strategy for maximum effectiveness and growth.
October 17, 2017 | 9:00am - 12:00pm
Thinking about opening a restaurant, bakery, café, wholesale, nightclub, or similar business? The Small Business Centre and Service London Business have teamed up to help you navigate the interdepartmental permit and legislation requirements for various food related businesses.
October 19, 2017 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Bringing together leaders and supporters of the local food movement for a night of rapid-fire talks and conversation.
October 06, 2017The Urban Farm Is Getting Past Its Growing Pains
The Urban Farm has plans beyond the dinner table once it finds a new home. Article by: Gerad Creces, LondonFUSE, October 5, 2017.
October 02, 2017Ivey joins LEDC in on-job training
A partnership between the Ivey Business School and the city agency charged with economic growth will help train business and industry leaders on the job. Article by: Norman De Bono, the London Free Press, October 1, 2017.
September 28, 2017Nominations are Open for the 2018 London Business Achievement Awards
If you know an outstanding London business, nominate them for the Chamber's 2018 Business Achievement Awards.