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Agriculture, Food & Beverage in British Columbia

British Columbia’s (B.C.) impressive size, diverse geography, and temperate climate make it easy to cultivate a wide array of foods. Established and emerging sectors in produce, grocery products, and nutraceuticals thrive here. Our long coastline provides an abundant selection of seafood that pairs well with local award-winning wines, craft-brewed ciders, beers, and spirits. Consumer interest in safe, high-quality, and sustainably produced food drives growth and innovation in this industry.

Sector Profile

FARM TO TABLE

British Columbia’s geography and climate allow producers to cultivate a variety of agrifood and seafood products:

  • Varied agricultural production – B.C. farms grow high-quality products, including dairy, cattle, poultry, tree fruits, vegetables, berries, grapes, mushrooms, bulbs, ornamental flowers, and shrubs.
  • Value from the sea – A booming seafood industry fuels steady growth and substantial trade and investment opportunities from the coastal waters and shores.
  • Commercial fisheries and aquaculture – British Columbia is known worldwide for its salmon. Other seafood products include groundfish, shellfish, geoducks, and herring.
  • Alcoholic beverages – British Columbia has long been recognized for its award-winning wines. More recently, the province is attracting international interest in craft-brewed ciders, beers, and spirits.
  • Diverse food processing industry – A wide range of agricultural and seafood products support a varied food processing industry. While fish, dairy, poultry, meat, and beverages dominate production, value-added specialty food products are increasing. Consumer interest in safe, high-quality, and sustainably produced food drives growth and innovation in this industry.

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