Canadian Processed Fruits and Vegetables

A delicious variety

There is nothing quite like the taste of sweet corn, a sun-ripened tomato or the juicy succulence of a blueberry or an apple. Better yet, modern food-processing techniques make it possible for global consumers to enjoy the culinary and nutritional benefits of Canadian fruits and vegetables throughout the year—all without sacrificing taste or convenience.

Canada has a special advantage in this regard because our food companies can draw on good-quality fruits and vegetables grown in our clean, healthy environment. Much of this produce goes to our food processors, who provide a wide range of canned, preserved and frozen fruits and vegetables, as well as an increasing selection of value-added products. Our fruit and vegetable processing industry is big business, too; Canadian companies sold a total of $6.7 billion worth of these products in 2007, of which 34 percent were exported.

Growing appetites

To satisfy this growing appetite, we have created a huge variety of products ranging from ready-mixed frozen vegetables to concentrated fruit juices to frozen french fries. And for the health-conscious, products such as our high-antioxidant cranberry juice and our lycopene-rich tomato preparations are a natural choice.

The demand for Canada's pre-packaged, fresh-cut fruits and vegetables has soared in recent years, but we make traditional value-added products as well, including pickles, relishes, jams, sauces and soups. We also manufacture products that use frozen produce as ingredients, such as prepared entrees, vegetable casseroles and pizzas. In short, we offer a processed fruit or vegetable dish to satisfy just about any taste in the world.

Quality to the core

Canada's processed fruits and vegetables can meet the demands of the most discerning customers, but we are always looking for fresh ways to tempt the palate. Current trends toward more convenience and smaller servings, for example, are driving the development of new products with longer shelf life and excellent sensory and processing qualities. The Canadian industry strives for continuous improvements in its manufacturing processes to provide customers with the safest, premium quality products.

Taste the Canadian difference

There's nothing like the taste of Canada's processed fruits and vegetables, from the unique flavour of blueberries to the sweet savour of corn. For further information about our processed fruits and vegetables industry, please visit:

Government website

Industry websites


Trade Statistics

The following tables represent Canada's total trade in a given export commodity based on Statistics Canada data. The product categories represent HS code groupings and have not been modified. In most cases, statistics have been presented at the 6 or 8 digit level. Statistics are presented in Canadian dollars and are complete through year end 2010.

HS Codes

  • 2001 - Vegetable, fruit, nuts & edible plants of plants prepared/preserved by vinegar/acetic acid
  • 2002 - Tomatoes prepared or preserved other thanthan by vinegar or acetic acid
  • 2003 - Mushrooms & truffles, prepared or preserved other than by vinegar or acetic acid
  • 2004 - Vegetables nes, prepared or preserved other than than by vinegar, acetic acid or sugar, frozen
  • 2005 - Vegetables nes, prepared or preserved other than by vinegar, acetic acid or sugar, not frozen
  • 2006 - Vegetables ,fruits, nuts,fruit-peel & parts of plants preserved by sug(drained,glace/cryst)
  • 2007 - Jams, fruit jellies, marmalades, fruit or nut purée & pastes, cooked, whether or not sweetened
  • 2008 - Fruits, nuts & other edible plants of plants other than prepared or preserved whether or not sweetened, nes
  • 2009 - Fruit (incl grape must) & veg juices, unferment, not cntg spirit, w/n sweet
Canada's Exports to All Countries ($CAD)
HS 2007 2008 2009 2010 Growth 2007-2010
2004 880,674,982 907,887,014 970,575,843 834,191,286 -5.3%
2008 172,299,455 191,600,612 191,150,352 168,984,971 -1.9%
2005 105,473,667 118,957,092 127,636,786 124,449,664 18.0%
2009 69,836,742 83,482,943 77,715,913 63,111,978 -9.6%
2007 30,970,429 38,355,735 40,106,401 43,035,134 39.0%
2002 6,166,599 4,957,487 12,438,873 6,716,816 8.9%
2001 8,404,323 7,561,355 6,806,183 5,647,606 -32.8%
2006 2,482,374 2,411,610 2,049,203 2,208,013 -11.1%
2003 863,006 1,639,591 1,347,952 736,818 -14.6%

Canada's Exports to All Countries (Quantity)
HS Unit 2007 2008 2009 2010 Growth 2007-2010
2004 (KGM) 1,012,962,064 979,156,136 957,855,344 874,702,872 -13.6%
2008 (KGM) 65,727,452 67,300,056 62,260,724 63,579,953 -3.3%
2009 (LTR) 66,394,844 74,703,225 67,665,588 62,226,015 -6.3%
2005 (KGM) 72,647,895 73,044,132 57,063,255 57,244,854 -21.2%
2007 (KGM) 11,210,433 11,186,092 10,686,582 13,260,819 18.3%
2002 (KGM) 7,190,230 5,513,109 13,194,696 7,757,740 7.9%
2001 (KGM) 4,250,802 4,089,857 3,211,899 3,139,429 -26.1%
2006 (KGM) 676,397 591,235 484,864 830,546 22.8%
2003 (KGM) 465,666 930,983 740,539 466,179 0.1%

Canada's Monthly Exports to All Countries
(HS Codes 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, Value $CAD)
Month 2007 2008 2009 2010
Jan 109,175,338 104,077,628 126,895,911 97,779,374
Feb 100,927,965 100,838,930 124,965,267 96,097,174
Mar 116,404,302 111,186,914 141,674,771 109,377,881
Apr 119,578,737 107,891,802 132,730,049 104,211,826
May 115,007,993 112,984,070 125,608,102 113,632,064
Jun 105,050,833 107,259,455 118,951,373 116,455,170
Jul 108,294,214 110,472,724 119,396,802 111,810,352
Aug 102,183,674 111,604,270 110,441,843 108,062,935
Sep 97,816,825 116,723,135 115,999,896 98,999,601
Oct 109,390,155 125,103,164 109,440,404 99,714,033
Nov 99,518,432 128,286,345 104,679,592 97,823,405
Dec 93,823,109 120,425,002 99,043,496 95,118,471
TOTAL 1,277,171,577 1,356,853,439 1,429,827,506 1,249,082,286

Canada's Exports to All Countries by Province
(HS Codes 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, Value $CAD)
Province 2007 2008 2009 2010
Alberta 255,775,537 254,399,313 278,491,453 204,344,663
British Columbia 61,794,815 66,545,002 61,181,207 45,868,628
Manitoba 274,272,019 294,305,397 324,105,938 301,632,053
New Brunswick 149,322,369 158,220,509 152,131,254 154,928,497
Newfoundland and Labrador 34,913 38,304 49,678 81,341
Northwest Territories 0 0 0 41
Nova Scotia 5,280,821 3,487,664 4,310,430 8,687,269
Nunavut 0 0 380 0
Ontario 169,550,940 185,178,459 208,857,697 179,652,766
Prince Edward Island 214,475,719 222,156,553 240,903,950 197,555,202
Québec 146,116,098 171,484,790 159,066,114 155,639,674
Saskatchewan 548,346 1,037,448 729,283 692,071
Yukon 0 0 122 81

Canada's Top 10 Processed Fruits and Vegetable Markets
(HS Codes 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, Value $CAD)
Country 2007 2008 2009 2010 Growth 2007-2010
TOTAL: 1,277,171,577 1,356,853,439 1,429,827,506 1,249,082,286 -2.2%
United States 1,002,441,104 1,094,200,330 1,152,285,844 1,018,247,143 1.6%
Mexico 25,753,096 31,390,036 43,198,851 39,632,071 53.9%
Japan 44,125,856 37,859,508 37,917,103 30,810,235 -30.2%
Saudi Arabia 24,132,292 23,381,890 19,920,429 19,653,054 -18.6%
Venezuela 13,995,127 16,482,715 17,757,454 14,727,729 5.2%
Netherlands 6,645,251 9,407,097 9,735,669 10,047,616 51.2%
Australia 7,147,195 4,550,191 2,175,009 8,995,416 25.9%
Philippines 5,697,868 5,928,797 14,281,291 7,913,566 38.9%
Costa Rica 7,685,087 10,458,772 13,017,764 7,786,858 1.3%
Taiwan 5,510,123 7,940,158 9,519,130 6,572,135 19.3%