Atlantic Food Summit News Release

For immediate release
October 24, 2017

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.

The event will also have Atlantic Canada’s exclusive presentation of the region’s food performance from the Conference Board of Canada’s 2016 Provincial Report on Food which will also include the short- and medium-term economic and profitability outlook for Atlantic Canada’s agri-food and seafood manufacturing sectors.

The Summit is being presented by Nova’s Scotia’s agriculture and seafood development agency, Perennia Food and Agriculture Inc., and the region’s leading membership-driven processor association, the Atlantic Food and Beverage Processors’ Association, with funding support from Growing Froward 2 and  the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.

Speakers include Jean-Charles Le Vallée from the Conference Board of Canada, leading retail expert Peter Chapman on ‘The New Food Retail Landscape’ and an industry panel including:  Francis McGuire, President of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency; Sylvia MacVey, President and CEO of G.E. Barbour Inc.; Gerry McConnell, Owner of Benjamin Bridge Winery; and Bryan Inglis, CEO of The Food Island Partnership.

Quotes:

Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

“Agri-business is the biggest job creator in Canada and a key to growing the Atlantic Canadian economy.  Our government is pleased to support forums like the Atlantic Food Summit that generate creative thinking by the sector’s entrepreneurs on how to keep the country on the cutting edge of innovation while creating jobs and growth for the middle class.”

Keith Colwell, Minister of Agriculture for Nova Scotia

“Our agriculture and seafood industries are the key to growing our economy, and are the backbone of our rural and coastal communities. When more people know about, and are purchasing our locally grown and harvested products, it enhances our provinces food security; more jobs are supported and our businesses are stronger. That’s why events like this Summit are so important, as it brings together the people and organizations needed to keep our industries thriving, growing and expanding into new markets.

Greg Fash, Executive Director, Atlantic Food and Beverage Processors’ Association

“The 2017 Atlantic Food Summit is a fantastic opportunity for Atlantic Food and Beverage Processor Associationmembers to connect, network and take in industry critical information.  We are extremely proud to be bringing these speakers and panelists into Truro for this event and presenting exclusive content that can be game changing for regional food and beverage companies.”

Lynne Godlien, Interim CEO, Perennia Food and Agriculture Inc.

“Food producers in this region are phenomenal entrepreneurs and produce world-class quality products. The Summit is our way of bringing them insights to inform future business decisions, and connect them with like-minded colleagues and partners to further accelerate their ideas and companies.”

Peter Chapman, President, SKU Foods

“The food industry is changing fast.  Successful producers and processors will keep pace with the change and anticipate where it is going. There are a lot of new developments but they are only opportunities when we have the capacity and resources to seize the moment. The food industry is not about producing great products to sell, it is about selling the great products you produce.”

Associated Links:

Summit Website:  www.perennia.ca/atlanticfoodsummit

Perennia Food and Agriculture Inc.  www.perennia.ca

Atlantic Food and Beverage Processors’ Association  www.atlanticfood.ca 

Contacts:

Greg Fash
Atlantic Food and Beverage Processors’ Association
greg@atlanticfood.ca
506-227-8328

Chrissy Matheson, Media Relations Advisor
Chrissy.matheson@novascotia.ca
902-471-2444