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Cereal Grains

Cereals Canada represents the Canadian value chain for wheat, oats and barley. These grains are staple foods for families across the globe and are some of the most economically important crops in Canada.  

Grown by farmers across our country, wheat, oats and barley are planted on almost 14 million hectares each year, producing almost 46 million tonnes of food each year. The direct economic impact of these crops is significant, with sales of these crops returning over $8 billion per year to Canadian farms, plus unlocking more than $8 billion annually through global exports.  

Canadian cereals are known for their consistency and high quality by customers at home and abroad. Canada is a leading global exporter of cereal commodities and proudly holds the position as the world’s #1 exporter of durum wheat and oats. By mobilizing the value chain across priority areas, Cereals Canada is building on Canada’s position as a reliable, nutritious and sustainable supplier of cereal grains.


  • Barley

    Canada is the fourth largest producer of barley and the second largest exporter of malt barley. Canada currently exports 65% of its annual barley production.   While the largest use of barley is for animal feed, it is also increasingly used for human consumption—as malt for beer and in soup, cereal and snack products. Nearly 23,000 farmers produce […]

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  • Oats

    As the world’s largest exporter of high-quality oats, Canada produces about 3 million tonnes of oats every year. Canadian oats supply three primary markets: milling oats for human consumption; performance or pony oats, largely as feed for high-end race or competitive horses; and high-yielding feed oat varieties.  Over the last 5 years, the US has been the largest oat importer, accounting for […]

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  • Wheat

    Wheat is a staple food for 35% of the world’s population and it is Canada’s largest field crop grown. Every year, Canada exports wheat to more than 70 countries. Canadian wheat is also used domestically for food, feed and fuel.   Canada remains one of the world’s top exporters of high-quality durum. Working with Prairie Grain Development Committee, Cereals Canada continues to participate in […]

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