Trade and Investment British Columbia Blog (Tag: Agrifoods)
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Diverse Sectors Thriving in British Columbia’s Okanagan Region

February 7, 2019
If you are looking for a thriving location to expand your business, one of British Columbia’s fastest growing economic regions could be the place for you. In recent years, billions of dollars have been invested in infrastructure improvements and other developments in the Central Okanagan region. This has supported the rise of a strong entrepreneurial culture and attracted companies from high growth industries. Key growing sectors in the Okanagan region include agriculture and viticulture, advanced manufacturing and aerospace, tourism and technology.   A long history of agricultural excellence exists in the Okanagan,... continue reading
Posted by Noor Subeh
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B.C. Pet Product Companies Attend K-Pet Fair

November 23, 2018
Animal companionship is highly valued for both urban and rural lifestyles, where pets are commonly seen as family members. In Asia, the rapidly growing middle class is leading an incredible growth in the pet industry. This presents an export opportunity for British Columbia companies that specialize in premium pet products. The Canadian federal government, in partnership with British Columbia and Alberta, is organizing a Canadian pavilion at the K-Pet Fair (Nov. 23-25, 2018), the largest pet food and product industry exhibition in South Korea. The British Columbia trade and investment representative office in Seoul will support ... continue reading
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Government Aiming to Increase British Columbia Food Exports

November 21, 2018
British Columbia exported a record-breaking $3.9 billion worth of agrifood and seafood products to 157 markets in 2017. Canada and British Columbia governments are now helping food producers and processors increase exports to other parts of Canada and around the globe through the $5-million B.C. Agrifood and Seafood Market Development Program.   The B.C. Agrifood and Seafood Market Development Program provides federal and provincial government cost-shared funding support for B.C.’s agriculture, food and seafood sectors to undertake domestic and international export market development projects and activities. The prog... continue reading
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B.C. Seafood Companies Increasing Exports to China and South Korea

October 12, 2018
British Columbia’s high quality seafood products are in demand globally. In 2017, B.C. exported $3.9 billion worth of agrifood and seafood products outside of Canada. This industry produces over $14 billion in annual revenues and directly employs thousands of people in B.C. The province is rapidly increasing exports to growing markets such as China, South Korea and Southeast Asia. With a strong reputation for quality products and a strategic geographic location on the west coast of Canada, B.C. seafood producers are in a position to continue expanding exports in a growing global market. South Korea is a developing opportun... continue reading
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B.C. Cherries Making their Way to Japan

September 19, 2018
Working closely with B.C.’s cherry growers, the federal government has secured access for fresh B.C. cherries to the Japanese market. According to industry experts B.C. cherry exports to Japan could be worth up to $8 million annually. The increased access to the Japanese market will advance competitiveness and create new opportunities for the fresh cherry sector, as well as drive economic growth and create more job opportunities in British Columbia. In 2017, Japan imported over $62.7 million of fresh cherries from around the world. This agreement will help Canada to reach the target of $75 billion in annual agrifood exports... continue reading
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B.C. Fruit and Vegetable Companies Flourish at Asia Fruit Logistica 2018

September 6, 2018
Building on past successes at this event, several British Columbia fruit and vegetable companies will be part of the Canadian pavilion at Asia Fruit Logistica 2018.  This is a significant trade show where every link of the international fresh fruit and vegetable supply chain meet face to face to network and build business opportunities. The annual event takes place September 5-7 in Hong Kong, where the city serves as an international hub and gateway to do business in China and the entire Asian market. In 2017, the show featured 813 companies from 43 countries, which is a remarkable expansion from previous years. British Col... continue reading
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Food, Festivals and Flavour in British Columbia

June 28, 2018
British Columbia is globally recognized for high-quality food products and safety standards, and has rich production potential. Fertile growing conditions and a diverse geography and climate support a variety of commodities, from seafood and livestock products to soft fruits and flowers. For these reasons the province has developed a strong reputation for delicious fruits, seafood and wines, but lesser known products are gaining traction through gastro-tourism and food festivals. Food festivals are a great way to explore the diversity and creativity of local cuisine. The BC Seafood Festival features a huge range of tasting stati... continue reading
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Educational Opportunities for New Exporters

April 5, 2018
Trade and Invest BC and the Consulate General of Canada in Seattle recently hosted an educational mission for B.C. agrifood and seafood companies. The annual event is part of the federal New Exporter to Border States initiative and was developed in coordination with the Ministry of Agriculture and Growing Forward 2 (GF2). The opportunity bridges the learnings shared through domestic and international programs for export-ready companies. The Seattle New Exporters mission is designed for small and medium-sized B.C. companies with little to no previous international trade experience, and includes an introduction to exporting and pr... continue reading
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B.C. Advances in Agritech

February 14, 2018
British Columbia’s agrifood and seafood sector is one of the most diverse in Canada, with over 200 primary agriculture products, 100 species of seafood, a world-renowned wine industry and a growing array of high-quality, high-value niche products. Agrifood entrepreneurs can access a variety of programs that support the growth and expansion of sector startups and businesses. These programs include the B.C. Agrifood Venture Acceleration Program, which provides training and network opportunities for agrifood technology entrepreneurs. Bioenterprise BC is a business accelerator that helps increase agri-food revenue. They collabo... continue reading
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Spotlight on BC Agrifoods

September 12, 2017
Food is at the centre of every family gathering, and in British Columbia family is at the heart of food production: 98 per cent of B.C. farms are family-owned and operated. And we put a lot of food on the table: B.C. producers export $3.8 billion worth of agrifood and seafood products annually to more than 160 markets worldwide. Some of the most interesting food production developments come in liquid form, as local craft breweries cause a rise in demand for B.C. hops. The province now boasts 10 times the hops growers it had a decade ago, and over 100 craft breweries are snapping up their product locally. Combined sales from B.C.... continue reading
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