Farmers and producers recognize there’s a gap to be filled and the local organic industry is striving to meet the rising demand

Posted on September 01, 2021 | By Louis Power | 0 Comments

Canadians are spending more and more of their dollars on organic products.

But how much of the organic section in an Atlantic Canadian supermarket can be traced to a farm in the region? The country? The continent? Farmers and producers in the Atlantic provinces recognize there’s a gap to be filled and the local organic industry is striving to meet the rising demand.

Every month, about 14 million eggs make their way from Maritime barns to Atlantic Canadian consumers via Maritime Pride Eggs’ grading facility in Amherst, N.S. But until recently, the organic eggs that bore the egg grader’s logo were shipped in from outside the region.

“We were buying it from our partners in Québec, but we didn’t feel good about that,” said chief executive officer Mark Beal.

Five fresh chicken eggs in a wicker basket

So a plan was hatched to retrofit one of the company’s producer-shareholders’ Port Williams, N.S., operation and start filling cartons with certified organic eggs. Consumers responded so well that a new, multimillion-dollar barn was soon built near Fredericton, N.B., for organic egg production.

“Almost all organic eggs that are sold here in Atlantic Canada through Maritime Pride Eggs are locally grown, either in New Brunswick or in Nova Scotia. And we’re pretty proud of that, because it takes a long time to get organic certification,” Beal said.

The Amherst grading facility, along with the organic barns, have all achieved that certification. To maintain it, the product has to be checked regularly to make sure it meets organic standards. The process involves a lot of time, space and money.

Read more: click below to login/subscribe

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Comment policy

Comments are moderated to ensure thoughtful and respectful conversations. First and last names will appear with each submission; anonymous comments and pseudonyms will not be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that Atlantic Business Magazine has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner it chooses. Publication of a comment does not constitute endorsement of that comment. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.

Advertise

With ABM

Help support the magazine and entrepreneurship in Atlantic Canada.

READ MORE

Stay in the Know

Subscribe Now

Subscribe to receive the magazine and gain access to exclusive online content.

READ MORE
0
    0
    Your Cart
    Your cart is empty