Canadian consumer spending is weak, but demand for Canadian food products is rising from U.S. and other foreign markets, according to the Conference Board of Canada
Even though Canadian consumer spending is weak, the outlook for Canadian food manufacturing is bright for 2016, thanks to rising demand from the U.S. and other foreign markets, according to The Conference Board of Canada’s latest Canadian Industrial Outlook: Canada’s Food Manufacturing Industry.
The report forecasts that Canada’s food manufacturing’s industry will grow by 2.1 per cent in 2016.
“Faced with weak disposable income gains and rising household debt, Canadians will be more frugal when it comes to how they spend their food budget,” says Michael Burt, Director, Industrial Economic Trends at the Conference Board of Canada. “Luckily for food manufacturers, Canada’s new trade era of lower commodity prices, a weaker Canadian dollar, and strengthening demand from south of the border will open up new opportunities for the food manufacturing industry.”
According to Conference Board of Canada press release, highlights of the outlook include the following:
Seafood manufacturing is one segment of the industry that can expect to see very strong growth. As a growing number of Canadians try to curb red meat consumption, Canadians’ appetite for seafood products is increasing. The rising number of baby boomers is also expected to support growth in demand for seafood and fish products. Foreign markets’ demand for Canadian seafood products is also expected to continue to grow, as improving incomes in emerging markets support demand from high-quality sources of protein.
Export growth is expected to remain a bright spot for food manufacturers, according to the Conference Board press release. Industry export levels are at record highs, and the combination of a weaker Canadian dollar and stronger U.S. economy is expected to continue to support export growth going forward.