Competing for the Bronze: Innovation Performance in the Canadian Food Industry

The Conference Board of Canada, 67 pages, December 2012
Report by Erin Butler, Daniel Munro, James Stuckey
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The innovation performance of Canada’s food industry has direct consequences for our health and well-being. This report examines Canada’s food innovation performance, identifies opportunities for further innovation, and considers the barriers to improvement.

Document Highlights

The innovation performance of Canada’s food industry has direct consequences for the health and well-being of Canadians, as well as for the economy and society. Competing for the Bronze: Innovation Performance in the Canadian Food Industry examines food innovation performance, identifies opportunities for further innovation, and considers the barriers to improvement. It assesses the contribution that food innovation makes to the competitiveness and economic growth of the industry, the extent to which the industry is performing below potential, and the challenges that businesses face when they innovate. Additionally, the report explores how food innovation contributes to broader social and economic objectives, such as the health and safety of food. Several potential solutions, which could improve food businesses’ innovation performance and enhance their domestic and global competitiveness, are also examined.

Table of Contents

Executive Summary

Chapter 1—Introduction

  • Purpose of the Report
  • Scope
  • Framework
  • Methodology

Chapter 2—Food Innovation Drivers

  • Changes in Consumer Demand
  • The Competitive Context
  • The Regulatory Environment
  • Toward Trends and Performance

Chapter 3—Primary Agriculture: Innovation Trends and Performance

  • Innovation Trends in Primary Agriculture
  • Innovation Performance in Primary Agriculture: A Fading Star
  • Agri-Innovation in Canada: Emerging Challenges and Missed Opportunities

Chapter 4—Food Processing: Innovation Trends and Performance

  • Innovation Trends in Food Processing
  • Innovation Performance in Food Manufacturing: Weak, But Improving
  • Seizing Opportunities to Be Innovation Leaders

Chapter 5—Food Retail: Innovation Trends and Performance

  • Trends and Performance
  • Innovating to Stand Still

Chapter 6—Explaining Performance: Issues and Obstacles

  • Firm-Level Determinants of Innovation Performance
  • External Determinants of Innovation Performance
  • Financing Food Innovation
  • Conclusion: Innovation Issues and Obstacles

Chapter 7—Stimulating Food Innovation: Potential Solutions

  • Key Findings
  • Potential Solutions
  • Conclusion

Appendix A—Bibliography

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