Food & Beverage

The most relevant information about the food & beverage industry in some of the countries where we currently work.





  • In Canada, retail sales of food and beverage stores amounted to over 120 billion CAD in 2017.
  • There are more than 40,000 food and beverage stores in Canada, from which grocery stores make up the majority.
  • In 2017, chain food store sales in Canada were 59.19 billion CAD and independent food store were 37.99 billion CAD.
  • Millennials expend an above average of $55.45CAD in groceries.
  • Price is the leading factor in choosing food and beverage products across generations. 35% of the Canadian consumers, strongly agree that they try to buy locally grown food.
  • The organic food industry in Canada has tripled since 2006 and consumers are willing to spend more for food that is environment friendly.
  • Sales and distribution of alcoholic beverages are controlled by Provincial Liquor Boards of each area.
  • The usual practice for most exporters is to enter the market through an established distributor or importer.
  • Pretty much all food and drink in Canada has been processed in some way.
  • In 2011, Canada had 6,500 food and beverage processing establishments.
  • There are ten subsectors of the Canadian food processing industry: Animal Food Manufacturing, Grain and Oilseed, Sugar and Confectionary, Fruit and Vegetable, Dairy, Meat, Seafood, Bakeries and Tortilla, Beverage, Other.
  • The largest subsector is meat, manufacturing 26% of all shipments in 2011 with most production coming from Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta, British Columbia and Quebec.
  • The largest manufacturing industry in Canada, food and beverage contributes $103.5 billion in shipping product each year.
  • In 2013, 246,000 Canadians are employed in food and manufacturing positions across the country.
  • The industry is also a top choice for immigrant workers.
  • Shifting demographics are creating a consumer population that is less homogeneous, resulting in more niche markets and an opportunity for customized products.
  • Consumer interest in health, sustainability and social responsibility are driving a demand for more information on what is in food and how it is produced, creating an opportunity for products addressing a range of "personal choice" attributes.
  • Adding or substituting ingredients can shift the product profile and provide opportunities to attract new market segments.
  • Advancing technologies provide food manufacturers with enhanced food processing methods and new ways to interact with consumers using innovative packaging.
  • There is a $3 billion strategic investment for agri-food sector, which has the objective of expanding agriculture exports to 75 billion by 2025.





  • In 2018, Mexican food industry was the third largest producer of processed foods in America (behind the United States and Brazil)
  • During the first quarter of 2018, the global production of the food industry, as measured constant prices (2013) increased 1.88% with respect to the first quarter of 2017, and 0.54% with respect to the fourth quarter of 2017.
  • The average annual growth rate for food and beverages will be 4.3% between 2014 and 2020.
  • In 2016 Mexico was the 2nd largest supplier of processed food to the United States
  • Mexican Food exports in 2016: $ 8,324 million dollars.
  • In 2016, 10 of the most important global companies from this industry were already established in Mexico.
  • Main products exported: sweet cookies, bakery goods and confectionery, wheat, corn, cane sugar and chocolate.
  • In 2016, in Mexico the food industry processed reached a production value of $111.4 mmd.
  • The processed food industry represented the 23.4% of manufacturing GDP and 3.9% of total GDP. Its value added is 37.4%. 12.2% of the inputs of the production is of foreign origin.
  • It is expected that for the period of 2017 - 2021 the industry production in Mexico will grow to a TMCA of 5%
  • Mexico offers 11.1% savings in manufacturing costs in the industry of processed foods, with respect to the costs of the United States and other countries.
  • The staff that worked in this industry was around 793,000 employees in 2016.
  • The following countries stand out in Foreign Direct Investment in 2018: Netherlands with an investment of $9342.00 million dollars, Switzerland $4881.40 million dollars, $2,810.30 million USA, Japan $433.80 million dollars and Luxembourg $266 million dollars.
  • More than 75% of total direct foreign investment is concentrated in only six States.
  • Countries destination of Mexico processed food industry in 2016 were: USA 65%, Venezuela (3%), South Africa (2.5%), Guatemala (2.5%), Canada 2.3%
  • The agri-food industry exported $32,585 million USD in 2017.
  • It is expected that in 2022 the confectionery subsector will reach $1,615.5 million USD.
  • In 2016 the meat industry exported $1,747 millions USD.





  • Revenue in the Food market amounts to US$683,086 million in 2019.
  • The market is expected to grow annually by 2.1% (CAGR 2019-2023).
  • The market's largest segment is the segment Meat Products & Sausages with a market volume of US$146,015 million in 2019.
  • In 2017, United States exported $ 133 billion dollars of Food, beverages and food. Soy was the number one product in this category, with sales of $22,000 million dollars, followed by meat and poultry (18,000 million dollars).
  • Total retail and food service sales in the United States amounted to about 5.75 trillion U.S. dollars in 2017.
  • Shoppers in the United States made about 1.6 trips to grocery stores on average per week in 2018.
  • The United States is a country with almost 314 million consumers, which presents a great opportunity for producers in Latin America and the Caribbean. In the last decades, USA experienced a considerable increase in the consumption of food from abroad.
  • The import of fresh food from the United States was USD $122 billion in 2016
  • United States is the main exporter of agri-food products in the world, with a share of more than 10% of the world exports.
  • USDA estimated that the planted area of ​​soybeans in the United States for 2017 reached 88 million acres, representing an annual increase of 5.5% and a historical maximum in that. It was also expected that the production of meat (pork and chicken), as well as dairy products, reached record figures in 2017. Pork production would increase by 4.9% and chicken production by 2.1% annually. On the other hand, milk production is expected to grow by 2.3% annually.





  • The revenue of the food market in Brazil was among the ten highest grossing in the world in 2018, amounting to almost USD$105 billion.
  • In 2017, the food processing industry (food and beverages) consisted of 49,000 companies, with annual sales of USD$198 billion
  • Brazil exported $ 38.3 billion of food products in 2017
  • Brazil imported $2.7 billion of intermediate food products in 2017
  • Brazil foodservice market is expected to witness a CAGR of 12.3%, during the forecast period (2019 - 2024).
  • The food sector represented 81 percent and beverages 19 percent of total sales. Brazil is one of the major world players in the sector, with the food processing industry being responsible for 10 percent of the country’s GDP and employing 1.6 million people.
  • The most important categories of products are meat products, beverages, dairy products, tea, coffee, cereals, oils and fats, sugar refining, snacks, ice creams, condiments, yeast, wheat products, processed fruits and vegetables, dehydrated and frozen products, chocolate, candies, and fish.
  • In Brazil, a country famous worldwide for its barbecues and steakhouses, the sector of meat derivatives was the highest grossing segment in the food industry, with a net revenue amounting approximately USD$41.5 billion in 2017.
  • Brazil is the second-largest producer and exporter of soybeans in the world, the third-biggest producer and second-largest exporter of corn. It is the world’s biggest producer and exporter of coffee and sugar and vegetables, beans and milk are mostly produced on Brazil’s family farms.
  • Brazil has the ninth-largest consumer market of the world by household final consumption expenditure (USD$1,303,885 million).