P.E.I. businesses head to Seafood Expo Processing Trade Fair in Belgium

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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.



Organizations: P.E.I. Mussel King and Holland College Canada, Royal Star Fisheries, Team P.E.I.

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, Belgium, Europe Belgium.It Atlantic Canada Brussels

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Recent comments

    May 09, 2014 - 07:46

    Well folks, take a few dollars and register yourself as a PRIVATE BUSINESS and that will entitle you to at least one free trip at taxpayers expense (sometimes more then one trip). when will this Government ever discover what private business means? Don't give me this garbage about promoting business, If this group of freeloaders have any successful possibilities at all they would use their own money to promote their product. I am tired of watching other people take trips that I pay for and cannot afford to go on myself. I guess take write offs are not enough .

    • PEI
      May 19, 2014 - 06:06

      I am glad to see how much knowledge that you have regarding the trade missions. I am also wondering if you are aware that the companies who do attend these shows are a crucial part to the rural communities in PEI. Some of which employ upwards of 300 people at peak season? Without these employers island residents living in therse rural areas will either be forced to recieve social assistance or other forms of help from the PEI Government. So by the sounds of things you do have it all figured out, so i pose a question to you. Would paying 500 - 600 people your tax dollars be cheaper than paying 50% of the travel costs of companies trying to survive in one of the most competitive markets in the world? which in turn provides employment and generates millions in yearly revenue to the province of PEI.

    May 08, 2014 - 08:23

    Amazing how our successful entrepreneurs need the government to pay their way to promote their businesses. If these missions were so lucrative, I would think the businesses would be willing to cover the costs themselves, Always the same names, a lot easier to be a success when someone else helps pay the bills.

    • hawkins wang
      May 08, 2014 - 20:48

      yes, however, I think, the government should have such budget to imorove local business , through promoting local products, helping local entrepreneurs expanden their market...