The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) is home to the largest concentration of food and beverage manufacturers in Canada. Publicly launched in April 2015 by FCPC, the GTA Food & Beverage Cluster brings together business, government, academia, key stakeholders and community leaders with a vision to promote and grow our sector over the long term. The Cluster is a key component of FCPC’s strategic work to advance food and beverage manufacturing, raise the profile of our industry and collaborate with key stakeholders.
The Ontario government formally recognized the value of sector clusters, supportive of the GTA Food & Beverage Cluster initiative. In September, 2013, FCPC and the Toronto Region Board of Trade held a roundtable discussion with the Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, Ontario’s Minister of Economic Development, and executives representing more than 25 food and beverage companies from the Greater Toronto Area.
FCPC continues to promote collaboration and coordination between industry, government and the research community to support innovation and the growth of the food and beverage sector as well as the overall economy. While the goal of the Cluster initiative is to develop a strategy to assist and expand food and beverage manufacturing in the GTA, such a strategy could then be replicated in other existing and developing food and beverage clusters across Ontario and throughout Canada.
For more information about the GTA Food & Beverage Cluster, please visit www.gtafoodcluster.ca