Mar. 5, 1999
FREDERICTON (CNB) -- Seven New Brunswick agri-food companies are exploring new markets in the Caribbean as part of a Team Canada trade mission to Trinidad and Barbados March 4-9, 1999.
The companies will join others from across Canada at Canadian Food, Beverage and Food Processing Equipment trade shows Mar. 4-5 in Bridgetown, Barbados and Mar. 8-9 in Port of Spain, Trinidad.
"This initiative is a prime example of the federal and provincial governments working together with the private sector to help promote economic development in New Brunswick," federal Labour Minister Claudette Bradshaw said. "These trade shows will give our companies the opportunity to showcase their products and to meet and discuss business with food importers, trading houses, food buyers, supermarket managers, hotel chefs and hotel purchasing managers. Bradshaw spoke on behalf of the secretary of state for ACOA and federal Veterans Affairs Minister Fred Mifflin.
"The objective of our participation in this mission is to increase the number of exporters and increase the volume of exports to the West Indies," Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Stuart Jamieson said. "New Brunswick agri-food exports to the Caribbean totaled more than $31.3 million in 1997 which represents just over 10 per cent of New Brunswick's annual agri-food exports."
Buyers from Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bahamas, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Christopher and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Surinam and Venezuela have been invited to attend.
New Brunswick companies attending the showcases include McCain International Inc., Barbours G.E. Inc, Crosby Molasses Co. Ltd., Hub Meat Packers Inc., Cavendish Farms, Co-Op Atlantic and N.B. Agriexport Inc.
The trade mission is being organized by the Canadian High Commissions in Barbados and Trinidad in conjunction with the Canadian Council for Export Development.
New Brunswick companies' participation is assisted in part by the Trade Expansion Initiative, a cooperative project between Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. The project is funded through the Canada/New Brunswick Regional Economic Development Agreement and Agriculture and Rural Development's Strategic Partnership Development Fund.
The Canada/New Brunswick Regional Economic Development Agreement is administered for the federal government by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, and for the provincial government by the Regional Development Corporation.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Robert Duguay, communications, Agriculture and Rural Development, 506-453-5451; Carolee Sandell, communications officer, ACOA, 506-452-3184.