Chatham-Kent is the number one producer of tomatoes in CanadaFood processors are finding that Chatham-Kent’s proximity to fertile, productive farmland and 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 closer 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.

Number 1 employer of Ontario agriculture, agri-food, and beverage sector

Multimodal transportation means 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 in Chatham-Kent where food researchers are trained to ensure our land, water and climate are used to maximum advantage.

ConAgra Foods LogoAt ConAgra Foods, we believe in the power of great food. Food you turn to every day, food you count on as part of your life. We make food that does more than satisfy your hunger — it actually gives you less to worry about and more to look forward to. That’s what we do here at ConAgra Foods: We make great food — everyday food — in extraordinary ways. It’s the food you love, and the brands you know best.

Our balanced portfolio includes consumer brands and private label brands sold in grocery, convenience, mass merchandise, club stores and drugstores, as well as a strong commercial and foodservice business. Check out some of the Dresden brands at: /