Québec invites you to the table
A rich and distinctive range of food products
With its fertile soil, vast forests, remarkable marine environment, abundant natural resources, and temperate climate, Québec is the perfect setting for a flourishing and modern food industry. Today, the province is home to some 32,000 businesses that employ more than 121,000 people in the agriculture, fishing, aquaculture, and food processing industries.
Québec has a reputation around the globe as a supplier of healthy, high quality products infused with a mix of European and North American influences. Its distinctive and diverse product offerings range from specialty foods created by family-run businesses to products from industry giants.
Indeed, Québec products are enjoyed all over the world :
- Pork, beef, and poultry
- Soy and other oil plants
- Fish and seafood
- Chocolate and candies
- Maple products
- Pasta and bakery products
- Prepared foods
- Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
- Game meats and fowl
- European-inspired charcuterie, including p�t�s, cured meats, and duck foie gras
- Fine cheeses
- Other specialty products
Always on the lookout for new market trends, Québec’s food industry offers consumers an ever-growing range of foods with internationally recognized certifications, including certified organic, fairtrade, halal and kosher.
A modern and safe food industry
Québec has implemented stringent traceability, quality control, and monitoring measures. Businesses in the food industry work in concert with the government to integrate state-of-the-art production and processing technologies and adopt strict sanitary and environmental standards.
A strategic location
Most Québec food businesses are located close to the Canada–U.S. border and are integrated into the continental North American market. They can deliver their products by truck, serving a market of over 130 million consumers within a 620 miles (1,000-kilometre) radius.
A globally oriented industry
Québec has long been a hub for merchandise of all types from Europe, Asia, and North America. Whatever the season, marine, road, rail and air links ensure that goods are delivered quickly and at competitive prices.
Export markets are a source of growth for Québec’s agri-food businesses. In 2013, 55% of final sales from agricultural production and biofood processing in Québec were made outside of the province. In 2014, international sales reached seven billion dollars. The taste of Qu�bec know-how is appreciated in more than 160 countries, including the United States, Japan, China and Russia.
This achievement reflects the speed and flexibility that businesses have shown in their efforts to satisfy consumers all over the globe.
To learn more about Québec’s agri-food industry, contact the Québec Government Office covering your territory.