The Sky’s the Limit: The Viability of Canada’s Food Economy

The Conference Board of Canada, 70 pages, December 2012
Report by Michael Burt, Erin Butler, Michael Grant, Jean-Charles Le Vallée
(You must be signed in and entitled to rate this report)
This report explores the viability of Canada’s food economy. It considers the industry, company, plant, and farm viability that, while achieving commercial success, address the nutritional needs of Canadians.

Document Highlights

The Sky’s the Limit explores the viability of Canada’s food economy. It considers the industry, company, plant, and farm viability that, while achieving commercial success, address the nutritional needs of Canadians. The report draws on a variety of sources, including a thorough review of the relevant literature; data from the Centre for Food in Canada’s proprietary surveys: the Industry Survey and the Household Survey; and the extensive use of other data sources, most notably from Statistics Canada. The report also highlights four examples of innovative and adaptable Canadian food companies whose viability support many jobs, and contribute to the wealth and standard of living of large numbers of Canadians and communities. It concludes with six suggestions for improving the viability of Canada’s food economy.

Table of Contents

Executive Summary

Chapter 1—Introduction

Chapter 2—Dimensions of Viability

  • What Is Viability?
  • Layers of Viability
  • Consumers’ Insecurity About Viability
  • How Do We Know If the Food Economy Is “Viable”?
  • Challenges to Viability
  • Responding to the Challenges

Chapter 3—Understanding Industry Viability

  • The Context: The World Food Economy
  • Overall Strategic Positioning
  • Crop and Animal Producers
  • Agriculture: Industry Viability Versus Firm Viability
  • Food Manufacturing
  • Outlook for Food Manufacturing Slow and Steady
  • Food Manufacturing: Industry Viability Versus Firm Viability
  • Food Retailing
  • Outlook for Food Retailing: Slower But Steady
  • Food Retailing: Industry Viability Versus Firm Viability

Chapter 4—Viability Through Management

  • Strategy 1: Grow Through International Acquisition: Alimentation Couche-Tard
  • Strategy 2: Partner With Capital: One Earth Farms
  • Strategy 3: Forward Integrate: Sunterra Farm Enterprises Ltd
  • Strategy 4: Adding Value to Commodities: Saputo Inc.
  • Conclusion

Chapter 5—Viability Through Policy

  • A Brief History of Income Support
  • Canada’s Current Agricultural Policy
  • Viability Through Program Payments
  • Political Risk Maintained
  • Reforms Needed
  • Conclusion

Chapter 6—Enhancing Viability

  1. Improve Firm and Farm Performance by Enhancing Management Capacity
  2. Reform Government Support Programs
  3. Move Industry to Markets, Channel Spending to Address Public Interest Issues
  4. Expand the Sources of Capital
  5. Borrow Approaches From Other Sectors to Expand Internationally
  6. Improve Canadians’ Economic Literacy

Appendix A—Bibliography

Appendix B—Canada’s Agricultural and Food Export Picture

Access document

(you will be asked to sign-in)

Price: $0
You can get this research for free. Take a minute and create an e-Library account.
Learn more about the e-Library by watching our interactive video:

The Sky’s the Limit: The Viability of Canada’s Food EconomyRating:4.068965 out of5based on29 reviews.