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GAIN Report #CA9142

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Section 1. Market Summary - Western Canada

A) Value of Overall Retail Food Sales in Canada The Food Sector Report first looks at a review of the size and importance of the Western Canadian region in the food industry. Within the Retail Food Sector total Canadian grocery industry sales in 1998 were $US35.9 billion (Canadian Grocer). This represents a 3.7% growth rate over 1997 well above the 5 year average annual growth rate of 2.7%. Regionally Western Canada represented 33.7% of national grocery sales, with the other regions being Ontario at 32.4%, Quebec at 25.1%, and the Atlantic region at 8.8%

If we combine both the retail food sector and the food service sector total food sales in Canada in 1997 were $US 54.5 billion, split Retail 60% and Food Service 40% (Statistics Canada).

Canadian

$ US

%

Grocery Sales

Billion

Growth

1994

32.7

3.4

1995

33.0

0.8

1996

32.8

(0.5)

1997

34.6

5.6

1998

35.9

3.7

1999Forecast

37.1

3.2

B) Western Canada Retail Food Sales Western Canada represents 33% of the Canadian population (10 million /30 million) and 33.7% of retail food sales. Total retail food sales in western Canada were $US 12.1 billion in 1998. This is broken down into individual provinces as follows.

BC $US 5.4 billion with an average annual growth of 3.0% in the last 5 years Alberta $US 4.1 billion, average 5 year growth of 2.7% Saskatchewan $US 1.3 billion, average 5 year growth of 5.2% Manitoba $US 1.4 billion with an average annual growth of 1.8% in 5 years.

1998 Population and 2 year growth

4.1 Million

+3.3%

2.9 Million

+ 4.8%

1.0 Million

+0.6%

1.1 Million

+0.6%

5 year food

# of

growth

stores

98 Grocery Sales ( $ US )

$5.42 Billion

14.8%

1928

$4.06 Billion

13.6%

1854

$1.26 Billion

26.2%

912

$1.36 Billion

8.9%

1276

Province

British Columbia

Alberta

Saskatchewan

Manitoba

UNCLASSIFIED

Foreign Agricultural Service/USDA

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