Producing high-quality food and beverages
A temperate climate, affordable land, and an innovative community—the perfect ingredients for a thriving agri-food industry.
Nova Scotia has nearly 2,600 farms, and approximately 10,000 jobs are linked to agriculture and the agri-food and beverage industry. Our modern transportation infrastructure delivers our products quickly and efficiently to customers all over the world. For more information view our agri-food and beverage industry infographic.
Nova Scotia's exports
In 2015, Nova Scotia exported farm products to 62 countries.
Nova Scotia produces one of Canada’s most popular exports – maple syrup, and also harvests strawberries, cranberries, field vegetables and apples.
The province is home to the world's largest supplier of frozen wild blueberries, North America’s largest processor of frozen carrot products, and the largest supplier of OMEGA-3 EPA/DHA to the global food and beverage industry.
Nova Scotia's flourishing beverage industry exports wines, spirits, beers (including craft beers and ales), juices, ciders, and bottled water.
Our internationally recognized wineries are producing award-winning sparkling, white, red, rosé, fruit, and ice wines. The province’s unique Tidal Bay appellation reflects our coastal breezes and cooler climate.
Almost completely surrounded by water, Nova Scotia enjoys a moderate climate and a growing season that can stretch well into November. The climate of Nova Scotia’s wine region in the Annapolis Valley “bears an uncanny affinity with the Champagne region in France,” according to one local winemaker whose traditional-method sparkling wines are garnering international accolades.
Research and investment
- University, private research and teaching facilities
- Agri-food incubation centres
- Business acceleration centres
- Entrepreneurs producing world-leading products
In Nova Scotia, the daily delivery of fresh and frozen products is made easy, thanks to excellent cold chain logistics, with fresh and frozen controlled-atmosphere storage, bulk shipping and convenient international access via air, water, rail, and road.
The Port of Halifax makes exporting your products even easier. As North America's largest deep-water, ice-free port, Halifax has the ability to handle the largest ships in use today.
Nova Scotia's agri-business has strong support from industry organizations and government regulators in the production and marketing of food and beverages.
Our world famous brands:
Story of the year: Oceans
We see tremendous opportunity in collaboration. The Ocean Supercluster will create an integrated network of relationships amongst industry, regulators, researchers, technology developers, and policy-makers. Canada’s Ocean Supercluster based here in Atlantic Canada will generate $300 million in investment in the next ﬁve years. That funding will contribute to changing the capacity for innovation in the region.
Investing in innovation for global competitiveness
We employ 225 people, and being proud of what we accomplish at the end of the day is very important for us. When people drive by and see all the cars in our parking lot, and see our people working hard, it means the dock is full. It means the economy in southwestern Nova Scotia is moving forward.
Creating connections for impact
Nova Scotia is the best place for our business, partly because we have access to those incredible advisors and because agencies like NSBI and ACOA support us and work with us as our company grows. But a big part of the brand cachet and value is in its ties to local, to the ocean, and to our lifestyle. Being in Nova Scotia is a real asset.