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Gastronomy Canadian Market Data

The data and resources below are from studies conducted by Business France, the Team France Export, and the AD'OCC agency.

Key insights

  • 37.6 million inhabitants
  • 51,342 GDP per capita (USD, Purchasing Power Parity, 2018)
  • +1.7% growth in 2019
  • 60-70% of the population have access to French food products

Thanks to the CETA free trade agreement, Canada is a significant market to consider. Canada imported $38.6 billion of food products in 2019, up 2.7% over 2014 and 1.4% over 2018.

From 2014 to 2019, French exports to Canada increased by 16% to reach 769 million euros. France was the 5th largest food supplier of Canada and the 2nd European behind Italy. Canada is a growing market and an excellent opportunity for medium-sized companies or companies that start exporting.

High-growth areas

  • Organic and healthy products
  • Chocolate and sweets
  • Pastries and bakeries
  • Dairy products
  • Drinks, juices
  • Canned food

Healthy eating is a promising sector that is increasing in 2021 in Canada. There are two trends: cyclical (health crisis) and structural (product search like natural and organic, vegetarian and vegan diets, gluten-free). Organic processed products growth in 2019 was up 7% (USD 93 million).

Key actors mass retail

  • George Weston Ltd: 17.4% market shares, with 2,400 stores
  • Walmart Inc: 15,.1% market shares, with 400 stores
  • Empire Co Ltd: 14.7% market shares, with 1,500 stores
  • Metro: 8% market shares, with 600 stores

Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia account for 75% of the leading retail chains. E-commerce is booming in Canada, with online sales at 7.2M users in 2019 and is expected to reach 10.3M users in 2024. Nearly 70% of Canadian consumers are expected to take part in online shopping by 2024.