Food processors are finding that Chatham-Kent's proximity to fertile, productive farmland, transportation routes, available sites and experienced labour force are an ideal combination to develop business here. In fact, 25% of Ontario's food manufacturers are in rural Ontario thanks to lower land costs, lower worker turnover and close access to agricultural inputs.
A study of food industry trends in Southwestern Ontario identified specific opportunities in Chatham-Kent for vegetable processing, food-use soybean production and processing, and value-added farm marketing.
Food Products Reach their Market Fast
With the NAFTA Superhighway running through our core, trucks are able to access food processors located anywhere in Chatham-Kent within 30 minutes. For less time-sensitive bulk shipments, there are high-volume railways branched into the community.
Training within the Community
The world-respected University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus is located in Chatham-Kent. Food researchers are trained there to ensure our land, water and climate are used to maximum advantage.