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Food Manufacturers Call for Urgent Support to Farmers to Maintain Resilient Food Supply
Created on 4/16/2020 12:24:57 PM

Mississauga, Ontario (Thursday, April 16) — Food & Consumer Products of Canada (FCPC) CEO Michael Graydon opened the Canadian Federation of Agriculture’s April 16 press conference, calling for immediate support for farmers to help processors maintain steady supplies of affordable food throughout the COVID-19 crisis and Canada’s recovery.  

“Food processors buy 40% of Canada’s agricultural output,” Graydon commented.  “The extraordinary costs and consequences of the Covid pandemic are straining Canadian farms’ ability to grow and harvest the ingredients we need.” 

Graydon continued, “FCPC applauds the leadership of federal and provincial authorities who are working to support the food industry, including the announcement yesterday of new measures that will help connect Canadians with employment opportunities in essential businesses like food processing.  The entire food supply chain will feed Canada through the coming difficult months and keep the nation’s largest manufacturing workforce an engine for post-Covid recovery.  Anything less than full support for farmers now will harm our rural communities, our cities, and all Canadians well into the future.” 

CFA President Mary Robinson delivered keynote remarks during the press conference, which was streamed on CFA’s YouTube channel.

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About FCPC: FCPC is the voice of the Canadian food, beverage and consumer products industry. We represent more than 100 food, beverage, and consumer product manufacturers of all sizes.
Food and consumer product manufacturing is the largest employer in the manufacturing sector in Canada, directly employing more than 300,000 workers in over 6,500 establishments from coast to coast. The industry contributes nearly $50 billion annually to Canada’s economy and provides safe, high-quality products found in virtually every single home in Canada.  
For more information about the industry and its Covid-19 response, please visit