Did You Know?
London’s food processing sector boasts an employee base of over 7,000 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 7,000 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
July 26, 2018 | 5:00PM - 10:00PM
Get ready for our 4th Annual Boochapalooza and Friends Community Event! Celebrating everything and everyone that makes London so unique and special. Lets come together as a community to connect with one another; with the producers, the makers, the movers and the shakers.
August 25, 2018 | 11:00AM - 10:00PM
IT'S OUR BIRTHDAY! And we want to thank you, our awesome customers for helping us get this far. To celebrate, we are turning the parking lot into party zone. We will have 20+ taps of new stuff and twists on old favourites, as well as guest taps from our friends in the City.
September 11, 2018 | 8:30AM - 3:30PM
In this Business Momentum workshop, you will learn how to harness your own skills to get media attention and use social media and the internet to your advantage.
July 03, 2018Youth entrepreneurship on the rise
Entrepreneur Sylvia Zietek is relying on a family recipe to help launch her small business, Pierogi Queen. Article by: Andrea Cox, The Londoner, July 3, 2018.
June 19, 2018Craft brewers hop into summer festival season
Come for the food, stay for the fresh local craft beer. That could be the new slogan as the 16th annual International Food Fest in London’s Victoria Park turns its attention to brews with the new London Craft Beer Festival — a fest within a fest that’s expected to attract 100,000 people June 22-24. Article by: Wayne Newton, The Londoner, June 19, 2018.
June 19, 2018Nestle offers flurry of new ice cream jobs
It turns out London will get more than a triple scoop of new jobs from the expansion of the Nestle ice cream plant. Article by: Hank Dainszewski, The London Free Press, June 19, 2018.