Cambridge is an ideal location for food technology and processing companies because of our:

  • Quick, convenient access to major North American markets via Highway 401
  • Efficient transportation infrastructure
  • Low corporate tax rates
  • Highly skilled workforce

Cambridge is home to Loblaw's 900,000 square foot distribution centre, supplying the region of Eastern Ontario. Gordon Food Services (GFS) also has an Ontario distribution centre only 20 minutes east of Cambridge. Other nearby food service companies include:

Cambridge is home to a growing Craft Beer Cluster with several popping up over the last year. Go on your very own Cambridge Brewery Discovery Tour

Food and beverage processing in Ontario

Ontario has become one of the largest food and beverage processing areas in North America with sales exceeding $32 billion a year. Approximately 3,000 food and beverage processing companies employ about 114,000 workers in Ontario.

The agri-food sector represents a $63 billion value chain in Ontario. The industry employs more than 640,000 people in the province.

Learn more about the Province of Ontario's Food and Beverage Manufacturing industry and the confectionery industry 

Food and beverage companies

Below is a list of food and beverage companies in Cambridge.

Bimbo Bakeries USA
Bimbo Bakeries operates more than 60 bakeries, employs more than 22,000 associates and distributes products through 11,000 sales routes throughout the United States and Canada.
Conestoga Meat Packers
Conestoga Meat Packers is a vertically integrated processor of premium quality, fresh pork. Based in Southwestern Ontario, Conestoga Meat Packers has been supplying the Canadian market with wholesome, delicious pork since 1982.
Delft Blue Food Innovations

Delft Blue Food Innovations produces processed food, including:

  • Case-ready meats
  • Sausages
  • Value-added batter and breaded items
  • Stuffed products
  • Injected and marinated items
  • Non-meat, value-added items
Domino's Pizza
Domino's Pizza operates a supply chain distribution centre in Cambridge for its franchised locations, as does Double Double Pizza Chicken Inc.
Frito Lay Canada

As Canada's largest snack food manufacturer, Frito Lay Canada contributes to PepsiCo Canada's collection of products with good food and good fun. In Cambridge, Frito Lay Canada's 300,000-square foot manufacturing plant produces several snack brands, such as:

  • Doritos
  • Lays Chips
  • Cheetos
Grand River Brewing
Grand River Brewing is a microbrewery producing a variety of award-winning craft beer.
Grand River Foods
Grand River Foods is an entrepreneurial food solution company. The company creates premium food experiences for a value-conscious customer and consumer. Its manufacturing operation in Cambridge supplies more than 200 private label poultry food products for Canada's leading grocery, restaurant and food service companies.
The Grober Group
The Grober Group aims to provide innovative products and solutions. For more than 30 years Grober has been a recognized leader in the veal industry. Grober's business approach blends sound animal husbandry with technology and compassion to produce the finest milk-fed veal in North America.
ISA North America
ISA North America (a division of Henderix Genetics Limited) researches, develops and produces poultry breeding stock.
P&H Milling Group
Established in Cambridge in 1807, P&H Milling Group makes, distributes and warehouses flour.
Dare Foods

Dare Foods has grown from producing baked goods for a small grocery store in Kitchener (Berlin at that time) in 1892, into a multi-national cookie and cracker manufacturer that employs 1,300 people across Canada and the USA.  Headquartered in Cambridge, Dare remains dedicated to producing innovative, high-quality food.

YOSO (Flamaglo Foods Limited)

YOSO develops and makes dairy-free, gluten-free foods made with plant-based ingredients, including organic soybeans.

Supply chain services

Cambridge has expertise in supply chain services for the food industry, which includes companies such as:

Supporting organizations

There are a number of organizations in the Cambridge area that support food production, processing and services, and provide training and education related to the industry.

Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Also located in nearby Guelph is the Ontario Area office of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. The Agency offers governmental services related to food safety.
Canadian Organic Growers
Canadian Organic Growers, Perth Waterloo Wellington creates resources to help farmers and consumers in building a local organic food system.
Craig Richardson Institute of Food Processing Technology
In partnership with the Food and Beverage Ontario (FBO), Conestoga College created the Craig Richardson Institute of Food Processing Technology (IFPT) in 2009. Located at Conestoga College's new campus in Cambridge, IFPT opened in September 2011. With small classrooms, mechanical shops, laboratory settings, and a pilot plant with different processing lines, the Institute maximizes the learning experience for its students. Students graduating from the program work with state- of- the- art equipment and learn skills that make them easily adaptable to food processing jobs in the Region of Waterloo.  
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs has headquarters only 25 minutes away from Cambridge, in Guelph. This government agency offers resources that can help entrepreneurs and existing companies learn more about growing and operating a food and beverage business in Ontario. Business officers are available to provide free consultations to help grow your food business.
University of Guelph

Close to Cambridge, the University of Guelph is Canada's centre for food and processing expertise. The university's agricultural college, food production research, processing and testing laboratories support food research throughout Canada. It's also a leader in:

  • Food science
  • Agricultural science
  • Bio-products
  • Environmental science
  • Animal health
  • Veterinary medicin
  • Food safety
  • Nutritional science, including functional foods and nutraceuticals