April 24, 2014, Ottawa — Sales of greenhouse, nursery and sod products in Canada were nearly $3.5 billion in 2013, up 5.6 per cent from 2012, according to Statistics Canada.
This gain was partly the result of a 16.1 per cent increase in greenhouse vegetable and fruit sales, which accounted for 36.1 per cent of all greenhouse, nursery and sod sales.
Sales of peppers grew 24.2 per cent to $389 million, and tomato sales rose 17.8 per cent to $515 million.
Tomatoes represented 41.1 per cent of greenhouse vegetable and fruit sales, while peppers accounted for 31.1 per cent.
SMALLER GROWTH FOR FLOWERS
Sales of greenhouse flowers and plants grew 2.6 per cent to $1.4 billion.
Floriculture represented 52.7 per cent of total greenhouse sales in 2013.
Indoor and outdoor potted plants accounted for more than half of flower and plant sales.
Increases in greenhouse sales were accompanied by a 2.8 per cent rise in total operating expenses.
Plant material purchases were up 10.8 per cent to $441 million, while labour costs grew 1.8 per cent to $638 million.
However, the total number of seasonal and permanent greenhouse workers decreased 7.5 per cent to 33,761.
Labour cost accounted for 29.7 per cent of total operating expenses.
On the nursery side, sales of nursery products declined 2.8 per cent to $673 million.
The total nursery area declined 12.9 per cent to 18 279 hectares.
Nursery operation expenses fell 1.7 per cent to $593 million in 2013, and labour accounted for 38.2 per cent of total nursery operation costs.
Nurseries employed 14,123 people in 2013, down 8.7 per cent from 2012. In 2013, sod sales decreased 4.3 per cent to $154 million.
Industry sales well up in 2013, says StatsCan
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