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 Maple Leaf Foods, 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 90 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
- London is the only municipality in Canada that draws water from two great lakes. This water supply is certified to meet many elements of HACCP and ISO9001
- 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 ; 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 StudyCase Study: The 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 StudyCase Study: Dr. 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
September 10, 2019 | 8:30AM - 3:30PM
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September 24, 2019 | 2:00PM - 7:00PM
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October 10, 11, 18 & November 22
The London Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the Trade Accelerator Program (TAP) for the first time in London this fall. Build the right export plan for your business with expert resources, advice, and hands-on mentorship. Note that you must be available for all four days of training.
July 19, 2019London Chamber to host Canada’s Trade Accelerator Program
The London Chamber of Commerce has announced that it will be hosting the Trade Accelerator Program (TAP) for the first time in the city this coming October. Article by: London Inc. Magazine, July 19, 2019.
July 19, 2019Comet Bio secures new round of equity financing, establishes Chicago office
Comet Bio, A London-based manufacturer of sustainable ingredients for use in supplements, foods and beverages, has closed a round of equity financing with current investors that will allow it to commercialize its flagship products, Arabinoxylan Plant Fiber Extract and Sweeterra syrups, both of which are made from crop leaves and stalks leftover after a farm’s harvest. Article by: London Inc. Magazine, July 19, 2019.
July 15, 2019Reach new global markets with London's Trade Accelerator Program
Build the right export plan for your business with expert resources, advice, and hands-on mentorship. The London Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that they will be bringing TAP to London this fall.