Canada's Economic Action Plan

Canada's Economic Action Plan

January 20, 2011 11:58 ET

Canada's Economic Action Plan Helps to Grow New Market Opportunities

QUEENS COUNTY, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Jan. 20, 2011) - Canada's Economic Action Plan is delivering real results for Nova Scotia blueberry producers. MP Gerald Keddy (South Shore – St. Margaret's) announced today, on behalf of Agriculture Minister Ritz, an investment of more than $94,000 for Van Dyk's Health Juice Products Ltd. to improve its processing equipment, allowing the company to increase production capacity and enter new export markets.

"Canada's Economic Action Plan continues to invest in Canadian producers, driving the economy and helping farmers access new markets," said MP Keddy. "This investment will allow Van Dyk's to increase production, which in turn gives local farmers more opportunities to boost their bottom line."

This repayable contribution will be used by Van Dyk's to purchase and install a new bottling line in its wild blueberry juice processing facility, helping to improve food safety standards and increase production capacity. The project is also expected to increase the annual demand for Canadian wild blueberries and create new jobs.

"The loan we are getting from the Government of Canada through the AgriProcessing initiative is allowing us to upgrade our production capacity," said Casey Van Dyk, President of Van Dyk's Health Juice Products Ltd. "We were becoming timid to further pursue our markets overseas for fear we could not supply them and this funding helped us get over that."

Van Dyk's Health Juice Products Ltd. created the first commercial 100 per cent pure wild blueberry juice in the world, and has created markets and distribution for the product across Canada, into the USA and now into Asia.

This investment is being delivered by the AgriFlexibility fund through the AgriProcessing initiative, a five-year, up to $50 million initiative designed to enhance the competitiveness of the agri-processing sector in Canada. It provides support to existing companies for projects that involve the adoption of innovative and new-to-company manufacturing technologies and processes that are essential to sustaining and improving the sector's position in today's global marketplace. For more information, please visit www.agr.gc.ca/api.

Canada's Economic Action Plan continues to help farmers with its focus on strengthening the economy and creating jobs. Investments in viable market opportunities will help build an even stronger agriculture industry and Canadian economy. For more information, please visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Media Relations
    613-773-7972
    1-866-345-7972
    or
    The Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
    Meagan Murdoch
    Press Secretary
    613-773-1059