For immediate release: 25 May 2017
Atlantic Potato Distributors Ltd Expands its Packing Operation
Family-owned company expanding to meet growing demand
Supporting businesses in rural communities helps create opportunities for business growth and good paying jobs for the middle class and those looking to join it. Atlantic Potato Distributors, a recognized Canadian leader in food quality, safety and security, is adding a new automated sorting and bagging line to its potato packing facility, thanks to investments from the federal and provincial governments.
TJ Harvey, Member of Parliament for Tobique – Mactaquac, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), and the Honourable Brian Gallant, Premier of New Brunswick, joined the Hanscome family at Atlantic Potato Distributors in Perth-Andover today to make the announcement.
The new equipment will enable the company to expand its potato grading and packing capacities to meet growing demand for special orders and respond to them more quickly. The project also includes the purchase and installation of new equipment and conveyors to automate and enhance potato receiving and handling efficiencies.
The Government of Canada, through ACOA’s Business Development Program, is providing a repayable contribution of $500,000 for this project while the Province of New Brunswick is contributing $320,000 through Opportunities NB and the Regional Development Corporation. Atlantic Potato Distributors, for its part, is investing $180,000 in the project.
This project demonstrates the Government of Canada’s new approach to economic development through innovation. Over the next five years, all six regional development agencies, including ACOA, will invest a total of $1.5 billion to strengthen innovation capacity and economic growth in each region of the country. Part of these investments will go towards supporting regional businesses like Atlantic Potato Distributors that are adopting new technologies to boost their innovation capacity and competitiveness.
“The Government of Canada is committed to helping Canadian businesses grow, innovate and participate in a global economy so that they can create good quality jobs and generate wealth for Canadians. Through ACOA, we are making strategic investments in companies such as Atlantic Potato Distributors so they can better respond to changing markets and continue to remain competitive here in Canada and on the world stage.”
– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA
“I am pleased that ACOA’s support for this project will help Atlantic Potato Distributors get the equipment it needs to continue to grow and meet increasing demand for its products. The benefits of this project will be felt throughout the industry in this region as the company will require a greater supply of potatoes from local producers as it increases productivity.”
-TJ Harvey, Member of Parliament for Tobique – Mactaquac
“On behalf of the Hanscome Family and management of Atlantic Potato, I would want to thank ACOA, ONB, RDC and BDC for providing us the opportunity to expand our production abilities to secure more business, create additional jobs, and continue to partner with local businesses such as GOW, Marty’s Electric and EP Sénéchal’s. This would not be possible without our dedicated staff and growers who, along with our superior food safety program, have helped us become one of the top in the industry, making us the ideal Business Partnership North America wide.”
-Rachel Durepos, Director of Innovation & Food Safety, Atlantic Potato Distributors
- Founded in 1993 by Ralph Hanscome, Atlantic Potato Distributors is a family owned and operated business that farms over 1,100 acres in Victoria County and employs over 60 people.
- Atlantic Potato Distributors Ltd washes, grades and packs potatoes resulting in more than 50 private label products using potatoes from over 35 local and US producers.
- It is the first Canadian company to be certified Canadian Partners in Quality (CPIQ) for a packing shed, enabling it to export to the US without having to go through Canadian Food Inspection Agency inspections.
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For more information and complete eligibility requirements for ACOA, visit the links below or contact the office of TJ Harvey, Member of Parliament: TJ.Harvey@parl.gc.ca 1.800.671.6160 / 506.392.5807.
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