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Agri-Food Processing

The Agri-Food Processing sector is a significant contributor to the provincial economy with 103 agricultural processors employing over 3,900 people. A further 81 businesses are involved in the production of confectionary, baked goods, soft drinks, beer and wine. Annual farm-gate sales in Nova Scotia were $450 million in 2004. Nova Scotia's Agri-Food processing sector then added over $600 million dollars in value for a combined total of over $1 billion dollars (seafood not included).

Nova Scotia processed products range from blueberry juice, to feta cheese, from apple pies to herbal extracts, from ice cream, to pasta sauce, from potato chips to gourmet chocolates. For more information on Nova Scotia agri-food processors please see the Buyer's Guide to Nova Scotia Agri-Food Products, Statistics and the Taste of Nova Scotia Program.

If you are interested in learning more about Agri-Food Processing business development, please visit Product Development and Business Development and AgriTECH Park.

The Agricultral Policy Framework - Renewal Program's Planning and Assessment for Value-Added Enterprises (PAVE) provides farmers with financial assistance for business planning to capture value-added product opportunities.

For information on Seafood Processors in Nova Scotia, please visit the online directory (NS Fisheries and Aquaculture site).

  Last Update: May 1, 2007