Did You Know?

London has all the right ingredients for your business. Located in the heart of southwestern Ontario’s 33,000 farms, this sector employs more than 7,000 people across 90+ companies.

London’s diverse agri-food sector has particular strengths in health and fermented foods, large scale processing as well as cannabis. With access to fresh ingredients, logistics and to 150 million consumers in a one-day drive, London is serving up fresh, locally made foods and is feeding the region, the country, and the world.

Subsectors

A Sweet Deal for Everyone

Companies

  • Maple Leaf Foods

    Maple Leaf Foods

    Maple Leaf Foods is investing $606.5 million to construct a 640,000 sq.ft world-class poultry-processing plant—the largest Agri-food investment in Canada

  • Dr. Oetker

    Dr. Oetker

    Dr. Oetker produces Ristorante, Casa di Mama and Panebell frozen pizza for Canada and the United States, sourcing millions of pounds of high-quality raw ingredients locally

  • Nestle

    Nestle

    Nestle supplies all of Canada with frozen treats including popular ice cream brands like Drumstick, Hӓagen-Dazs and Parlour

  • Cargill

    Cargill

    Cargill produces all chicken items for McDonald’s Restaurants across Canada including the famous McNugget

  • Labatt Brewing Co

    Labatt Brewing Co

    Founded in London in 1847, Labatt has evolved from a single small brewery to an internationally renowned brewer producing more than 350 million bottles annually

  • Nuts For Cheese

    Nuts For Cheese

    Nuts For Cheese’ premium and organic, hand-crafted vegan cheese can be found in major grocery stores across Canada including Loblaws, Sobeys and Farm Boy

  • Booch Organic Kombucha

    Booch Organic Kombucha

    Booch Organic Kombucha is one of Canada’s largest commercial producers of Kombucha—a probiotic-rich fermented tea beverage gaining wide popularity

  • Indiva

    Indiva

    Indiva is a Licenced Producer of cannabis, oils and soon edibles for the medicinal and recreational markets with flower rooms, an extraction facility and chocolate production equipment

Infrastructure

  • London is the only municipality in Canada that draws fresh water from two great lakes, providing a redundant supply of high quality fresh water. This water is certified to meet many elements of HACCP and ISO9001
  • Fully serviced industrial land at Innovation Park includes large capacity high pressure natural gas lines and redundant dual-feed electricity supply
  • The existing agri-food supply chain includes companies providing IoT and Industry 4.0 solutions, automation equipment, cold and frozen storage, food grade packaging, and logistics
  • London is an ideal test market for companies developing new products prior to nationwide launch. Tim Hortons™ dark roast coffee, McDonalds® chicken nuggets, and Blackfly Beverages craft coolers were all tested in London   
  • Situated strategically on the 401/402/403 highway system, London is within two hours of three major U.S. border crossings and offers international air service, Atlantic-Pacific-Gulf rail service, and access to multiple ports 

Research & Development

  • 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
  • The Small Business Centre offers seminars for those interested in starting and scaling a business in the agri-food and beverage industry, with topics covering zoning, bylaws, safety requirements, and product development
  • London’s Fermented Food Group conducts research on the health benefits of fermented foods
  • The London Food Incubator provides affordable, supportive shared space for food production and distribution along with retail space

Talent

  • Educational institutions Fanshawe College and Brescia University College offer industry-focused programs in food processing, 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 and quality assurance fields
  • Looking for jobs or talent in the London region’s food processing sector? Our London Manufacturing Jobs portal is a free resource to help employers promote their open positions and for jobseekers to discover careers

Programs

Case Study
Case 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 Study
Case 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. 

Testimonial: Forked River Brewing Company

Londoners' support of creativity makes the city the perfect place for the innovative and daring craft brewery.Andrew Peters, Founder, Forked River Brewing Company

Forked River Brewing

Manufacturing Jobs

  • London Tech Jobs

Upcoming Events

  • 2019 Downtown Career Fair
  • #LondonCAN Exchange event
  • 2019 London I Love Beer + Mac & Cheese Edition

Industry News

  • London medical study to ferment stronger local ties
  • London beverage maker Booch has honey of a new drink
  • London & Area Works: Fro'Zen ice cream and ZenZa pizza

Job Postings

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November 11, 2019

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November 4, 2019

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