Agriculture minister praises Burger Love in legislature

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Agriculture Minister George Webster

Agriculture Minister George Webster says the success of P.E.I. Burger Love this month “is nothing short of amazing.’’

Fifty-four restaurants across P.E.I. are participating in the April beef bonanza.

In the P.E.I. legislature on Wednesday, Webster praised the P.E.I. Cattle Producers Association for initiating the campaign.

“Not only is it raising awareness about the high quality of Island beef, the campaign is a great boost for the beef industry and our local restaurants,’’ the minister said. “One restaurant, which is new to the campaign this year, sold more burgers in the first five days then they did the entire month of April last year.’’

He said burger love is also a boost to industries such as food suppliers, including cheese providers and hog producers, all of which are seeing increased sales.

“I want to commend our chefs for coming up with burger creations that are causing lineups out the doors at many of our Island restaurants.’’

Webster said people are even travelling to P.E.I. to sample a burger, or seven.

“One couple from Moncton were here 48 hours and tried seven burgers.’’

P.E.I. Burger Love has also been promoted internationally through Food and Wine Magazine.

dstewart@theguardian.pe.ca

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  • BurgerLove
    April 19, 2014 - 23:57

    @Bob: Burger Love is not a government initiative.

  • Bob Billingsgate
    April 19, 2014 - 15:38

    Don is not in favour of this because Don is a big Tory and this is a Liberal initiative. If it were the other way around Don would be on here praising it and be screaming that "health be damned, people should be eating these burgers!" You see, Don has a problem thinking for himself and so has to take his que on what to think and say from Stephen Myers and the Tories and that is what makes this all so sad for Don.

  • nitpicker
    April 19, 2014 - 14:21

    @Don. You call an idea that significantly increases restaurant business at a time when they need it, brainless?

  • LoveBurger
    April 19, 2014 - 07:09

    To those complaining about the price. Most of the burgers are so big that they can easily be split between two people. Great to see the enthusiasm around these local products.

  • huh
    April 18, 2014 - 13:05

    @observer: Sheesh. Desperate to find something to complain about today, are we?

    • Bonshaw Resident
      April 18, 2014 - 17:13

      The folks on here never miss a chance to complain about health or how poor they are and how it is everyone else's fault.

  • The Observer from Stratford
    April 18, 2014 - 11:51

    I wonder if any researchers are doing a study of how this promotion impacts heart health on PEI? Even though some of the burgers actually seem to be quite healthy, I'm sure that the fries most people have with their burgers probably are not.

    • don
      April 18, 2014 - 15:09

      profit before health. that why webster is happy more tax coming in. but brains would tell you that to make more profit and to show off our beef would be to have this run during the "tourist" season. but brains today no working.

  • right
    April 18, 2014 - 10:40

    I dont think that many locals coukd afford to try one most are on poverty level .

  • Good for You
    April 18, 2014 - 10:11

    Good on you but don't try to sneak one of these into your expense claims! The rest of us have to pay out of our own pockets.