The food processing sector, which includes food, beverage and tobacco manufacturing industries is the largest manufacturing employer in Quebec. About 70% of agricultural production is processed there, benefiting the economy of all Quebec’s regions.
The strength of the local economy, the weakness of our currency and the increase in global demand is benefiting the industry, which has experienced a steady growth in the recent years. Energy remains an important expense for this industry. Unlike many other expenditures in this sector, energy expenditure is compressible, meaning it can usually be reduced without affecting production.
Better use of energy would contribute to the financial competitiveness and viability of businesses in this sector.