An apple a day!

Americans tend to think of apple cider as a cloudy, full-flavored juice, best served warm to children on a brisk autumn day. But to the rest of the world, cider conjures up the bubbly alcoholic stuff.

Cider is vulnerable, completely dependent on what Mother Nature feels like handing out in a given year. Apples don’t store well (which is a major reason cider exists in the first place), and an off winter can take out a whole variety. If you’re drinking a cider that tastes the same, month after month, year after year, you should be a little suspicious.

Cider is now a Western European favorite, with the UK far and away the biggest producer and consumer. But that masks a fascinating diversity of interesting trends in the cider world. New regions like Asia are developing a taste for cider, and old ones like North America—where prohibition all but killed off the industry—are rediscovering their roots

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Food Fraud Workshops in Moncton and St. John's

BioFoodTech will be conducting Food Fraud Workshops in Atlantic Canada this fall. The cost of the one day workshop is only $100 plus tax! This workshop is useful for managers and employees who are responsible for purchasing your raw material, ingredients and packaging materials. To read about the course outline Food Protection Strategies Workshop.pdf

Register for Moncton on November 20th

Register for St. John's NL on December 6th


Task Force seeking your input on Workers Compensation System

The task force is seeking input on New Brunswick's worker's compensation system focusing on short term solutions and long term sustainability.

Employers are being billed 53% high premiums from where the rates were just two years ago. Employers are strongly encouraged to submit your comments, examples of issues your business has experienced and suggestions on ideas to improve the workers compensation.

To read more ATTENTION NB EMPLOYERS Notice.pdf 


Recruitment Interest for Upcoming Mission

Canadian food products in the European Market are already generally viewed as of excellent quality, from highly reputable and unique companies. With the advent of the Canada-European Union (EU) Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) the EU market I more attractive than ever for Canadian food products.

This show takes place every two years. The mission seeks to introduce concepts to European product that may not currently be available there in a form which NB product can provide

See here for more info FIE Recruitment notice E.pdf and FIE Recruit notice FR.pdf

McCain Foods' officially open new $65 million potato specialty production line  

McCain says the new 35,000-square-foot production line is the largest capacity expansion investment in Canada in nearly 10 years.

Jeff DeLapp, North America president of McCain Foods Limited, said the investment reflects the continued growth of the North American frozen potato and potato specialty segments in both the retail and food service businesses.

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Summit Aims to Keep Food Sector at Forefront of Region’s Economy

Truro, Nova Scotia – Keeping food at the forefront of the region’s economy will be the focus of the first ever one-day Atlantic Food Summit being held October 26th in Truro.

Leading experts in the Atlantic Canadian food sector will provide high level insights and thoughts on how businesses can best look to the future opportunities for Atlantic Canada.  How to best change and adapt to make the food sector more competitive, enhance market access and highlight our brand recognition on the world stage together will also be among the topics discussed.

For more information


The Atlantic Food & Beverage Processors Association is currently seeking expressions of interest from Industry Partners who would like to attend the ECRM Commercial Foodservice event and/or the ECRM Store Brand Food & Beverage event.

 Click here for details


Artisan Charcuterie Workshop

November 6-8, 2017

Mike McKenzie, award winning owner of Seed to Sausage, will share his Charcuterie expertise at BioFoodTech’s 3-day Artisan Charcuterie workshop. Participants will gain practical and technical knowledge to create artisan cured products. Topics include ingredients and ratios, processing techniques, equipment, fermenting and drying meats.  Participants will have hands on practice in the pilot plant, while learning how to manage risks to create quality products that meet regulations. Cost:  $475 +HST. 15% discount for additional participants from same company. PEI companies may be eligible for 50% Innovation funds. Click here to register and for more information.


Moncton Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Speaker Series

The 4th industrial revolution is here. Are you ready?
Digital technologies are revolutionizing the way manufacturers are operating and doing business. It's already happening in Europe and the U.S., with remarkable results. But what's happening here in Canada? And how can small and mid-sized manufacturers take the plunge? Discover how Canadian manufacturers are seeing dramatic improvements in productivity, growth, customer satisfaction and product quality thanks to digital technologies. You'll also learn how you can introduce them into your own manufacturing business and why it pays to invest in this area.  

November 1, 2017  11:45am to 1:00pm Crowne Plaza Moncton Downtown (1005 Main Street)

Members $45.00 Future Members $60.

Click Here for More Information

Register Online


Discover the recipe for export success in Europe’s agri‑food sector

Are you looking to spice up your business? Join the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) at Food Ingredients Europe (FIE), the world’s leading global food ingredients show.

The event brings together industry leading food and beverage suppliers, R&D, production and marketing specialists to showcase a wide range of innovative new ingredients and services. Participants will Gain valuable insights and market intelligence, Increase visibility of their products and services, Meet potential customers and partners.

The TCS will host a special networking event and will provide Canadian participants with on‑the‑ground expertise on the European agri‑food sector. Date: November 28‑30, 2017    Location: Frankfurt, Germany

Measure the competition and weigh new business opportunities at FIE.

 Leveraging competitive intelligence training to grow your business

October 23 at the Venn Innovation Center, 735 Main Street Moncton. Get ready to win. Generating insights on your business is vital for every organization. This upcoming training with Dr. Jonathan Calof on competitive intelligence will teach you how to win and keep winning! For more information and to register

Proposed Tax Changes Affects Family Business

A few years ago, Crosby’s Molasses landed a major contract with a large North American food and beverage company. The company undertook a $7.5-million expansion at their Saint John facility and hired 25 new people. It was a significant period of growth for the 138-year-old company, made possible in part by the cash reserves they had to make the necessary investments.

In a recent interview at Crosby’s head office and production facility, company president James Crosby said another future upgrade of this kind would be difficult if the Liberals adopt the proposed changes to the way incorporated businesses are taxed. The cash they hold in reserve would be taxed at a much higher rate, he says, so they would have less money to invest.

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Atlantic Beef Products ships to U.S. for 1st time

Half a tractor-trailer of Island beef was shipped from Atlantic Beef Products to the U.S. for the first time last month.

The P.E.I. company says its plant in Albany is now operating at capacity and ready to expand.

"We have grown our market significantly over the past few years to the point where we are now looking to make this plant bigger in the next year or two," said Russ Mallard, president of Atlantic Beef Products

To read more  


Perennia Food and Agriculture Inc. and the Atlantic Food and Beverage Processors Association have partnered to bring together leading businesses in Atlantic Canada to hear from  industry experts including the Conference Board of Canada about the Future of Food in Atlantic Canada. This one day Summit will involve an overview of food performance in all Atlantic Provinces from the Conference Board of Canada’s 2016 Provincial Report on Food as well as a short and medium term economic and profitability outlook for Atlantic Canada’s agri-food and seafood manufacturing sectors. Leading experts in the Atlantic Canadian Food sector will provide high level insights and thoughts on how businesses can best look to the future opportunities for Atlantic Canada. The Atlantic Food Summit 2017 is bringing leaders in food related businesses together to keep food at the forefront of economic success in the region. The day will focus on opportunities, how to best change and adapt to make the food sector more competitive, enhance market access and highlight our brand recognition on the world stage together. The industry driven focus of this one day summit will allow for like-minded entrepreneurs to connect, engage and build opportunities in the sector.

Atlantic Food Summit Sponsorship.pdf

Atlantic Food Summit Event Information.pdf

Doing Business in the US 

Doing business in the United States is becoming more complicated. ONB is offering a course led by trade expert Birgit Matthiesen, this session will explore various aspects of doing business in the United States including:

  •        NAFTA Re-negotiations
  •         “America First” Policy
  •         U.S. Import Enforcement
  •         Canada-U.S. Border Adjustment Tax – Status

Register by September 8 by contacting:

Natu Maliondo, Export Development Associate, Opportunities NB.

Tel: 506-470-9253

This event is supported by the Atlantic Trade and Investment Growth Agreement (ATIGA), a federal-provincial funding agreement that seeks to enhance Atlantic Canada’s exports.

For more information English or French

Mills Seafood Reopens 

Mills Seafood, a long-time staple of the Bouctouche economy, resumed operations on Thursday, after finding a new owner.

The seafood processing plant that closed last September, putting more than a hundred people out of work. Employees said they just received a call one morning telling them to pick up their stuff because the plant would not reopen again.

See here for more information

Craft Beer sales skyrocket, as people are searching to try different flavors.

The new, low price of domestic, mainstream 24-packs of beer in New Brunswick doesn't appear to be hurting the craft beer market, which has seen a 45 per cent increase in sales since last summer. 

To read more  Craft beer Skyrockets.pdf

2017 Summer Fancy Food Show- New York 


by Peter M. Hargrove • June 27, 2017 • Comments Off on 2017 SUMMER FANCY FOOD SHOW TOP 10 DISCOVERIES

What interesting times we live in.  The retail industry is crashing and burning due to e-commerce (Macy’s, Payless, Sears/KMart, Radio Shack, J.C. Penney, The Limited, American Apparel etc.)  Greedy landlords who have been jacking rents through the roof for years and leveraged their portfolios to buy more over-priced real estate are now facing the grim reaper as their major anchor tenants have walked away from long term leases.  The vulture capitalists are circling the carrion. The unlikely knight in shining armor turns out to be low profit margin supermarkets who have figured out they don’t need 100,000 square feet when 40,000 will do.

Read more about it here

Trade and Investment

July 4, 2017, the Honorable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade; and the Honorable Brian Gallant, Premier of New Brunswick, announced the new Atlantic Trade and Investment Growth Strategy. As part of the approach, the federal and provincial governments will pool resources and activities to support companies across the region looking to grow by selling their products and services in markets around the world trade & Investment. For more information


New Brunswick Companies Recognized for Outstanding Export Performance

The New Brunswick Export Awards recognize outstanding export performance by New Brunswick-based companies in the international marketplace. The Awards aim to celebrate the business savvy, entrepreneurial spirit, and innovation of businesses located in the province that have achieved either recent and/or ongoing success in developing new markets.

Award winners are selected by a judging panel made up of carefully selected business experts from the private sector and academia. Judges are chosen based on their knowledge of the New Brunswick business community and their understanding of international trade.

The 2017 awards ceremony was held last night at the Edmundston Convention Centre, with companies being honored in six categories. Read more about the outstanding achievements of many of our members!

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