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.
Some of our Nova Scotia brands:
2019: A Year of Expansion in Nova Scotia
For many of Nova Scotia’s high-tech innovators, 2019 was a year of growth and investment in the province. While the reasons may be obvious to us, we asked them to share – in their own words - why they chose Nova Scotia as the place to grow their business and raise their families.
Igniting entrepreneurship across Nova Scotia
Let’s say you need help growing your business, or you have an idea for starting one. Where do you start? You know there are support organizations that can help – but which one? With so many options, it can seem overwhelming at first – especially if you live in a rural area where offices might be geographically spread out. This is where Ignite Labs comes in.
Nova Scotia’s competitive advantage is at work for MUFG… and that competitive advantage is our people
Nova Scotia’s Competitive Advantage is at Work for MUFG and that competitive advantage is our people. And with access to innovative universities, a time zone advantage over the United States, and travel proximity to major financial centres like New York, Chicago, and London, it’s no wonder MUFG and its people are primed for success.
From the 1960s to today: Scotian Gold investing in innovation
The first video game console. The first computer mouse. The laser. All hallmark inventions from the 1960s that laid the groundwork for countless future advancements. And for a small business in the small town of Coldbrook, the era is a reminder of an advancement made here in the province’s agricultural industry – in a technology you may have never heard of but have certainly benefitted from.
Hutchinson Maple Products: Bringing sweetness to the world
When Hutchinson Maple Products goes to Anuga 2019 in Cologne, Germany, this October, they’ll be sharing specialty Nova Scotia sweetness with some serious food lovers. Anuga is the world’s largest food trade show, hosting more than 7,400 exhibitors and around 165,000 visitors.
A.F. Theriault & Son: Craftsmanship for 80 years
By the time most of us reach our 80th birthday, we might be forgiven for putting our feet up and taking it easy. For A.F. Theriault & Son Ltd., Nova Scotia’s oldest and largest family-owned shipyard, last year’s 80th anniversary marked new vitality and new investment.