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City of Brampton’s Food Processing Sector Ranked #1

July 31, 2020

#1 Food Processing North America

BRAMPTON, ON (July 31, 2020) – Yesterday, the City of Brampton received top honours with a #1 ranking in the Food Processing Leaders category in the Business Facilities Magazine 16th Annual Metro Rankings Report. Factors considered in the rankings included employment, announced projects and recent expansions. The full 2020 Rankings Report was posted on July 29 on BusinessFacilities.com.

As part of Ontario’s Food Cluster, one of North America’s largest Agri-Food sectors, Brampton has a thriving food and beverage sector supported by industry-leading technology, top-quality products, and a rich agricultural tradition. Brampton’s food and beverage sector is a one-stop shop complete with food

testing, processing and packaging facilities as well as transportation, packaging design, equipment and refrigeration storage, all within the City.

Brampton’s food and beverage sectors contribute $1.3 billion annually to the Canadian GDP. 8,500 people are employed in approximately 300 companies in food and beverage manufacturing, processing and support industries.

The Food and Beverage Processing sector is one of four key sectors in Brampton. The City’s key sectors are: Food and Beverage Processing, Advanced Manufacturing, Health and Life Sciences, and Innovation and Technology.

Top employers in the food and beverage sector in Brampton include headquarters for Loblaws, Maple Lodge Farms, and Italpasta. Additionally, key employers like Coca-Cola Bottling and Give and Go Prepared Foods have facilities in Brampton. All of these companies have strategically positioned themselves within Brampton to take advantage of the city’s talent, infrastructure and market access.

Brampton’s Food and Beverage sector has remained strong throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and has been a key contributor to the City’s strength during this time.

Quotes

“This ranking is a testament to the excellent work our businesses in the Food and Beverage Processing sector are doing, along with the efforts our Economic Development team have been making to build and support this sector. With a focus on business retention and expansion, we are working to bring new businesses to our City while ensuring we do all we can to support our existing businesses.”

Patrick Brown, Mayor, City of Brampton

“Our business community is the backbone of our City, and we are always working to support them and

enable their success in whatever way we can. We are proud to have their efforts, and ours, recognized with this #1 ranking.”

David Barrick, Chief Administrative Officer, City of Brampton

“Many of the businesses in this sector are essential services and helped our community get through the unprecedented challenges of COVID-19. We thank them and look forward to continuing our work with them, to help them and our community prosper.”

Paul Vicente, Regional Councillor, Wards 1 & 5; Vice-Chair, Economic Development and

Culture Committee

“With so many businesses suffering from the impacts of COVID-19, we’re pleased to see many of our businesses in this sector thriving. We know that it’s more important than ever for us to support them, and all of our Brampton businesses, however we can.”

Gurpreet S. Dhillon, Regional Councillor, Wards 9 & 10; Chair, Economic Development and

Culture Committee