The Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of National Revenue, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, and New Brunswick Premier Shawn Graham were on hand, joining Atlantic Mist employees for a tour of the new facility.
“Our government is pleased to partner with the province of New Brunswick and Atlantic Mist Cranberries on the expansion of this cranberry processing facility,” said Minister Ashfield.
”It will also enable our communities to capitalize on local advantages.”
The expanded facility now gives Atlantic Mist the ability to freeze and package its products on-site; previously, the building was only used for cleaning, sorting and grading cranberries.
“This new facility, owned by farmers, will enable our cranberry growers to package premium Grade-A fruit for export, primarily to Europe, thus adding value to their crop,” said Ken Streatch, president of Sunberry Cranberry Producers and chairman of the Board of Atlantic Mist Cranberries.
The Government of Canada, through ACOA’s Business Development Program (BDP) is providing a $500,000 repayable loan while the province of New Brunswick is assisting the company with an investment of $363,400.