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Thinking of Starting a Food Processing Business?

General Information

BC Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries offers basic information with regard to starting a food processing business in BC.  Also available are useful links to resources and an email link to the Provincial Food Processing Consultant.

Starting a food or beverage processing business in BC

Several provinces and organizations offer food business startup resources. While most are out of date, the information remains relevant with the exception of new regulations and broken links.

Guide to Food and Beverage Manufacturing in Ontario 2015

Saskatchewan Food Processors Guide, 2013

Business Basics for Alberta Food Processors, 2012

BC Food Processor Reference Manual, 2005

10 Steps to Starting Your Food Processing Business – very basic information

Marketing How to Guides, BC Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries

BC Food Processing Associations

Small Scale Food Processor Association – National organization, represents small food processing companies with less than 25 employees. Fantastic list serve where members share information/resources. Membership $125/year

BC Food and Beverage Association – Represents BC food processing companies, excellent source of information and supply chain connections. Membership starts at $250/year