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.
- 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
- 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
- The Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) is a five-year, $3 billion investment by federal, provincial and territorial governments to strengthen the agriculture and agri-food sector
- The Southwestern Ontario Development Fund (SWODF) provides qualifying corporations with funding for projects that create jobs, encourage innovation, collaboration and cluster development and attract private sector investment
- Federal Development Business Scale-Up and Productivity funding helps to accelerate growth of firms and assist with the adoption of new, innovative technologies that support scale-up, productivity, and the development of an entry into new markets
- CTV’s Made Right Here series showcases food and beverage products made in London
- The LEDC / Small Business Centre Food Accelerator Program provides training and grants to assist growing food production businesses
- The LEDC in partnership with the Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium and London Region Manufacturing Council offer Agri-food specific programming on topics like regulatory compliance and food safety, funding, procurement, supply chain and distribution
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 5, 2019 | 10:00AM - 11:30AM
With a range of programs and services tailored to meet your needs, the London Small Business Centre can help you start and grow your business. Attend this free, 90-minute seminar for a full overview of programs and services, and key business start up information.
September 10, 2019 | 8:30AM - 3:30PM
Are you getting the most out of your employees? Effective performance management results in the development of employees and maximizes their contributions to the organization. Attend our Business Momentum workshop and learn how to engage with employees about expectations, priorities, and performance all using Radical Candor.
September 24, 2019 | 2:00PM - 7:00PM
Jobseekers are invited to connect with hiring employers - bring your resume, your enthusiasm and your skills to make your next career connection. Employers with open positions and employment agencies are invited to attend. This is a save the date - stay tuned for more details.
August 06, 2019Grocer brings fresh-from-garden produce to Old East
The Old East Village Grocer has begun hosting weekly pop-up markets on its patio, offering customers and passersby a wide variety of organic, locally grown produce, all harvested and delivered the same day it’s bought. Article by: Sebastian Bron, The London Free Press, August 6, 2019.
August 06, 2019Scale Up! Food Production Accelerator Program
The London Small Business Centre and LEDC, in conjunction with the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade are offering “Scale Up”, a program designed to assist growing food production and distribution businesses in London.
August 02, 2019Invitation to learn about some recent investment and growth stories
Join the London Economic Development Corporation on August 8 for an investment and growth recap.