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