23 September 2020 - Deborah Wilkes
Two Canadian industry associations – Consumer Health Products Canada and Food & Consumer Products of Canada – have merged to create a single body called Food, Health & Consumer Products of Canada (FHCP).
Michael Graydon, chief executive officer of the FHCP, said the new association “brings Canada’s leading food, health, and consumer product manufacturers under one roof, which is fitting as these products are found in pantries, kitchen cupboards, and medicine cabinets across Canada.”
Karen Proud – the FHCP’s chief operating officer and former president of Consumer Health Products Canada – said it was the “only Canadian trade association that unites the companies, large and small, who make the food, health, and consumer products Canadians rely on every day”.
“Together, we support the wellbeing of millions of Canadians, the sustainability of Canada’s healthcare system and economy, and the livelihoods of the nation’s largest manufacturing workforce,” added Proud.
Contribution to economy
The FHCP said the food, health, and consumer products sector contributed more than CAD39.5 billion (USD29.5 billion) to Canada’s economy annually and directly supported more than 350,000 jobs.
“With establishments operating in every province, the sector is Canada’s largest manufacturing employer and the top employer in rural Canada,” added the association.
The FHCP brings together 119 manufacturing members.