Modern Trade Agreement reached between Canada and United States

On October 1st, 2018, Canada and the US officially announced that a deal had been reached, and NAFTA would now be replaced with the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Both American and Canadian leaders praised the deal as good for both countries in strengthening trade relations. Overall the trade deal is positive for Canada’s trade with the US, with few industries giving major concessions. One of the wedge issues in negotiations was the Canadian dairy industry, as well as high tension created from US steel and aluminum tariffs. While a new agreement will bring stability to North American trade, Canada will remain highly motivated to diversify trade.

Changes to Canada’s trade strategy were already being felt as of last August, with the appointment of Minister Jim Carr to serve as the Minister of International Trade Diversification to develop Canada’s approach to expanding trade moving forward. Canada will likely shift its focus to implementing the USMCA, and other existing agreements, while driving new international market growth and increasing trade. In a country where diversity is perhaps our greatest strength, Carr has made it very clear that diversifying our relationships with other countries will be the top priority, and that Canada is working hard to encourage Canadian businesses to leverage the recently signed CETA and TPP free trade agreements to that end.  Read more 

Agriculture & Agri-Foods delivers a variety of funding programs. AGPAL is a web based discovery tool developed to help find the federal, provincial and territorial programs that specifically apply to them. 

April 1, 2018 new Federal programs come into effect to help support sector growth.

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Growing Forward 2 Cost Shared Programs:

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Annual Industry Conference
Moncton, November 22

This promises to be an Industry must-attend event! 
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Food & Beverage Canada hires first CEO

Kathleen Sullivan appointed as chief executive officer of the recently launched Food & Beverage Canada

Ottawa, ON – The Ottawa-based national advocacy organization for food and beverage manufacturers across the country has appointed Kathleen Sullivan as chief executive officer. This announcement closely follows the recent launch of Food & Beverage Canada (FBC-ABC), which represents over 1,500 businesses and 7 regional food and beverage manufacturing associations from coast to coast.

L'organisation nationale de défense des intérêts des fabricants d'aliments et de boissons du pays a nommé Kathleen Sullivan au poste de chef de la direction. Cette annonce fait suite au lancement récent de Aliments et Boissons Canada (ABC-FBC) qui représente plus de 1 500 entreprises et sept associations provinciales de

fabricants d'aliments et de boissons d'un océan à l'autre.

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 Kathleen Sullivan, CEO Food and Beverage Canada

Canadian Agricultural Partnership- Applications for Federal Programs now open! 

Canada’s agriculture and agri-food sector is a key driver of economic growth, innovation and trade. Economic indicators show a strong and dynamic Canadian agricultural sector, with a growing global middle class looking for our world-class products.

 Federal Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister, Lawrence MacAulay, celebrated Canada’s Agriculture Day alongside farmers, ranchers, food processors, industry leaders and youth today in Ottawa, where he officially launched the six federal programs under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (see Backgrounder).

The Partnership is a progressive $3-billion, federal-provincial-territorial agreement that will help chart the course for government investments in the sector over the next five years

To read more  français

Food & Beverage Canada

Food & Beverage Atlantic is now a part of Food & Beverage Canada, a 1500 member strong National voice on issues of concern to food and beverage processors, and as a result your voice is now significantly amplified across Canada. There will be more to follow on this exciting development and some may want to wish explore joining the FBC as a processors can join directly provided they are also a member of their provincial or regional food & beverage association. Sylvie Cloutier, Vice Chair of Food & Beverage Canada spoke at the  annual AGM January 18th in Moncton.

For more on the news release, see here 

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.

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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

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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