Atlantic companies gained access to new markets in 2013

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ACOA minister Gail Shea and Francis Morrissey, general manager of Royal Star Foods, at the Tignish-based company’s exhibit in the 2013 International Boston Seafood Show. The P.E.I. company unveiled a new all-natural lobster concentrate product at the show Sunday. Submitted photo

ACOA helped nearly 350 Atlantic Canadian businesses and organizations enter or expand their presence in international markets last year, and almost 1,500 participants gain access to important knowledge to help them export.

ACOA Minister Rob Moore issued a news release recently highlighting these accomplishments.

Close to 60 incoming and outgoing missions were organized and 64 information and training sessions were held to help potential and existing exporters bring their business to the next step.

“Exporting is a key driver of our economy, with one in five Canadian jobs linked to exporting,” Moore noted in the release.

Through ACOA’s support, Atlantic companies were able to make the connections they need to do business globally in established markets like the United States and the European Union, as well as in emerging markets such as China, Brazil, and Latin America.

Raspberry Point Oyster Co. took part in an ACOA-led mission to the European Seafood Exposition in Brussels.

“Participation in this ACOA-led trade mission was especially useful in helping us understand how our products fit into the marketplace not only in Europe, but worldwide,” said Raspberry Point Oyster CEO Jackie McIntyre. “Through this mission, we established international relationships and added to our customer base. It has also had a beneficial effect here at home, as we see our company grow.”

ACOA will continue to work with businesses as they prepare for the opportunities that are expected from the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).

“The Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement is our most ambitious trade agreement to date and is expected to inject $12 billion per year into the Canadian economy,” said Moore.

Funding for these international business development activities was made possible through ACOA’s business development program and the International Business Development Agreement, a partnership between the Government of Canada and the four Atlantic provinces.

Organizations: European Union, Point Oyster Co.

Geographic location: United States, China, Brazil Latin America Brussels Europe Canada

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  • dave
    January 05, 2014 - 07:40

    The only one helping them self is that gail shea here we go again giving our tax dollars away toThey don't want to work for there money 'take the easy way out losser ........

  • SoHowMuch
    January 04, 2014 - 20:51

    Great news. But there is no news. All I see here is a typical photo-op with the failed minister and one of her best clients. I see how they have spend millions of dollars in federal and PEI tax payer money. What I don't see is what the return on investment is. Give us a break with the photo ops and give us a break with the unaccountable ACOA spending. Start showing some accountability.

      January 06, 2014 - 11:18

      It would be nice to see one successful outcome from all the money pi##ed away, I mean invested. Show one company who has had a direct improvement in their business by way of firm orders from these countries that they all like to take vacations at taxpayers expense. Just one company!