Producing high-quality food and beverages
A temperate climate, affordable land, and an innovative community—the perfect ingredients for a thriving agri-food industry.
Nova Scotia has over 3,000 farms, over 2,000 businesses and approximately 12,000 jobs are linked to agriculture and the agri-food and beverage industry. Our modern transportation infrastructure delivers our products quickly and efficiently to customers all over the world. For more information view our agri-food and beverage industry infographic.
Nova Scotia is home to the world's largest supplier of frozen wild blueberries, North America’s largest processor of frozen carrot products, and the largest supplier of OMEGA-3 EPA/DHA to the global food and beverage industry.
- Nova Scotia has a diverse agricultural sector, with 2,258 agri-food and beverage production companies active in 2019.
- Exports of agricultural products amount to $363 million in 2019.
- Corn for grain and silage is the top crop and blueberries are the principal horticulture crop in terms of area in the province.
- Nova Scotia produces over 50 million pounds of wild blueberries every year, contributing 25.5% of Canada’s total blueberry (high bush and wild) exports and 47.4% of Canada’s wild blueberries exports in 2019.
- Nova Scotia businesses have access to superior, end-to-end supply chain solutions including processing, packaging, specialized storage and transportation, in addition to over 900 thousand acres of farmland and cutting-edge research facilities.
Almost completely surrounded by water, Nova Scotia enjoys a moderate climate and a growing season that can stretch well into November. The climate of Nova Scotia’s wine region in the Annapolis Valley “bears an uncanny affinity with the Champagne region in France,” according to one local winemaker whose traditional-method sparkling wines are garnering international accolades.
Research and investment
- University, private research and teaching facilities
- Agri-food incubation centres
- Business acceleration centres
- Entrepreneurs producing world-leading products
In Nova Scotia, the daily delivery of fresh and frozen products is made easy, thanks to excellent cold chain logistics, with fresh and frozen controlled-atmosphere storage, bulk shipping and convenient international access via air, water, rail, and road.
The Port of Halifax makes exporting your products even easier. As North America's largest deep-water, ice-free port, Halifax has the ability to handle the largest ships in use today.
Nova Scotia's agri-business has strong support from industry organizations and government regulators in the production and marketing of food and beverages.
Some of our Nova Scotia brands:
2019: A Year of Expansion in Nova Scotia
For many of Nova Scotia’s high-tech innovators, 2019 was a year of growth and investment in the province. While the reasons may be obvious to us, we asked them to share – in their own words - why they chose Nova Scotia as the place to grow their business and raise their families.
Igniting entrepreneurship across Nova Scotia
Let’s say you need help growing your business, or you have an idea for starting one. Where do you start? You know there are support organizations that can help – but which one? With so many options, it can seem overwhelming at first – especially if you live in a rural area where offices might be geographically spread out. This is where Ignite Labs comes in.
Nova Scotia’s competitive advantage is at work for MUFG… and that competitive advantage is our people
Nova Scotia’s Competitive Advantage is at Work for MUFG and that competitive advantage is our people. And with access to innovative universities, a time zone advantage over the United States, and travel proximity to major financial centres like New York, Chicago, and London, it’s no wonder MUFG and its people are primed for success.