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Food & Beverage

Leading food and manufacturing research for the future

Farm-to-table is easy when you’re home to 1,400 farms and more than 130 regional food manufacturers. Our strengths include crop and animal production, snack food, confectionery, bakery, beverage manufacturing and distribution. Scroll down to discover why we’re home to leaders in food production, manufacturing and distribution.

Waterloo at a Glance


Waterloo food processors have more than 150 years of experience and expertise


Waterloo is part of the 3rd largest food manufacturing area in North America

Our Support Ecosystem

Farm to table support for food processors

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SMART Centre

Conestoga College’s SMART Centre is a regional hub for applied research to support manufacturing enterprises.

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Craig Richardson Institute of Food Processing Technology (IFPT)

IFPT provides education, training, research and technical expertise to produce skilled graduates with plant-floor expertise to meet the needs of the food and beverage manufacturing industry.

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Ontario Agricultural College

Part of the University of Guelph, the OAC is on a mission to improve life by generating knowledge and creating innovative solutions for food and agriculture.

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They Choose Waterloo

From global leaders to the next big thing, these companies are building the future in Waterloo

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" In Waterloo, we’re close to a farming community, major transportation corridor and rail connections. The character of the region is very entrepreneurial, innovative and enterprising. "

Arnold Drung

President, Conestoga Meat Packers Ltd.

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