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The plant, Tignish Fisheries Co-op, also known as Royal Star Foods, located near Tignish, P.E.I.
A delegation of P.E.I.-based entrepreneurs are showcasing Island products this week at the Seafood Expo Processing Trade Fair in Belgium.
It is the world’s largest seafood trade fair and four companies from P.E.I. will be in attendance, including Royal Star Fisheries, Raspberry Point Oysters, Atlantic Aqua Farms and Holland College Canada’s Smartest Kitchen.
During the three-day trade fair, each company will meet with companies in the European region to explore potential exporting and business opportunities.
Gail Shea, minister of Fisheries and Oceans, says the federal government understands the importance trade plays in strengthening the economy of Atlantic Canada. She said with the signing of the Canada-European Trade Agreement (CETA), Atlantic Canadians will have increased opportunity in Europe.
“It is through key investments and trade missions, like this seafood-based mission to Brussels, that we can help small and medium-sized businesses expand their export capabilities and secure long-term prosperity,” said Shea.
Allen Roach, P.E.I. minister of innovation and advanced learning, says Europe is one of the world’s largest marketplaces and the perfect place in which to showcase Prince Edward Island’s excellent seafood.”
A news release says the introduction of CETA and reduced tariffs in the European market is important to exporters.
Trade Team P.E.I. is a partnership network of federal and provincial government agencies and departments committed to helping P.E.I.-based trade and export-focused businesses succeed in their pursuit of new global development opportunities.