Fresh voice for a growing industry

Welcome to the online home of Canada's newest agricultural publication, targeting a vibrant sector of farming in the country's westernmost province.

The major components of this industry had combined sales of $140 million in 2004, the latest year for which firm statistics are available. That compares with $53.102 million for tree fruits and $27.85 million for grapes.


The B.C. blueberry industry is growing rapidly, with close to 23,000 acres of farmland devoted to it. With production of almost 40 million kilograms, B.C. is now the second largest producer of highbush blueberries in the world.

The B.C. cranberry industry produces more than 84 million pounds (840,000 barrels) of fruit annually. This constitutes approximately 12 percent of North American production and the province is currently the largest producer of cranberries in Canada.

B.C. is the largest raspberry producer in Canada, about 12 million kilograms annually on just 5,000 acres of farmland. Only three percent of raspberries are sold fresh—the rest are processed into jams, jellies, drinks, canned and frozen retail and wholesale packs and bakery product.

B.C. accounts for about one-quarter of the Canadian production of strawberries. This amounts to more than three million kilograms of fruit. However, Canada consumes far more strawberries than it produces. The bulk of fresh imports come from California and Florida with processed imports originating from California, Poland and Mexico.


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