Food + Beverage

A launch pad for ambitious Food + Beverage startups

Become part of Brampton’s food research + innovation hub

Brampton takes pride in cultivating a dynamic and supportive business environment for its thriving food and beverage sector, from processing raw materials to packaging and distribution for fresh and prepared foods as well as alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

Supported by industry-leading technologies, top-quality products and deeply-rooted agricultural traditions, Brampton’s food and beverage sector is a one-stop-shop, complete with food testing, processing and packaging facilities, transportation, packaging design resources, equipment and refrigeration storage, all located within the city limits.

Quick Facts

Well Connected for Trade

Located just 20 minutes from the Ontario
Food Terminal - the largest wholesale fruit and produce distribution center in Canada.

A hub of Activity

Brampton is part of Ontario’s food cluster, one of North America’s largest agri-food sectors.

The sector employs 8,500 workers in Brampton.
An Essential Industry

Food & Beverage is the second largest manufacturing sector in Canada by value, contributing more more than $32B to Canada’s GDP in 2020.

Food research and innovation hub

Brampton is within close proximity to major food research centres such as the University of Guelph Food Institute, Conestoga College and the George Brown College of Food Innovation and Research Studio (FIRSt).

Home to leading Food + Beverage companies

Major players in the Food & Beverage industry have their head offices in Brampton, including Loblaw Companies, Maple Lodge Farms, Italpasta and Export Packers. Other established food brands also have branch offices in the city, including Olymel, Sofina Foods, Give + Go Prepared Foods and FGF Brands.

Find your Peers
Brampton is home to 300 companies in food and beverage manufacturing, processing and support industries.
A Talented Workforce
Highly skilled workforce with 25 academic institutions in Ontario offering agri-food programs.
Well trained
50% of Brampton’s workforce have post-secondary education.
Find your customers
Top employers include Loblaw companies ltd., Maple Lodge Farms ltd., Coca-Cola Bottling Ltd., Give and Go Prepared Foods, Italpasta ltd. and more.

A growing talent pool
Highly skilled talent: access to 4.3 million labour pool across the greater Toronto area.
On the Rise
The fastest-growing city in Canada with 14,000 new residents per year.

Key Sectors

Brampton’s key sectors leverage our businesses and research institutions, workforce, expertise, transport links and location to support our economic development strategy and grow our local economy.
Advanced Manufacturing
Food + Beverage
Health + Biotechnology
Innovation + Technology
Renewable Energy
Cyber Security

How we help

BHive’s Food & Beverage Cohort offers a number of key benefits for international start-ups, including:

Access to funding

Matching applicants with suitable investors and funding opportunities.

Mentorship opportunities

Introductions to leaders in the food & beverage industry to provide mentorship, guidance and support.

Access to research facilities

Leveraging resources from one of the 21 post-secondary institutions located within an hour's drive of Brampton, including top-rated research universities in North America like McMaster University & University of Toronto.

Skilled talent

Access to a skilled local workforce of food & beverage professionals as well as thousands of students enrolled at local post-secondary institutions.

Dedicated Sector Manager

Access to a dedicated Sector Manager specializing in the F&B sector to provide industry-specific advice for the Canadian and North American markets.

Who should apply

Our Food & Beverage cohort is suited to coachable, energetic founders with startups focused on shaping the future of the F&B sector, such as building proprietary technologies to solve problems in food distribution, manufacturing healthy food products or tackling supply chain shortages.

This cohort is aimed toward early-stage companies (pre-seed, seed, or series), whether they have raised little to no investment or even projects (pre-incorporation); however, start-ups at all levels of the company life cycle will be considered

Companies with any or all the following are preferred:

  • IP.
  • Patent.
  • Pilot Customers.
Start-up focus areas may include:
  • Cloud Kitchen.
  • Food Production.
  • Plant-Based Meat.
  • Alternative Protein.
  • Alternative Beverages.
  • Alternative Seafood.
  • Manufacturing.
  • Packaging.
  • Food Processing.
two people in PPE with a laptop looking at glass bottles of different colours

Ready to take the next step?

Are you a fast-growing foreign start-up looking to expand into North America? Get in touch with the BHive team to see how we can help accelerate your North American expansion.

    Launch your Food + Beverage startup with BHive