Summit aims to keep food sector at forefront of region’s economy

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TRURO – Keeping food at the forefront of the region’s economy will be the focus of the first ever one-day Atlantic Food Summit being held October 26th in Truro.

Leading experts in the Atlantic Canadian food sector will provide high level insights and thoughts on how businesses can best look to the future opportunities for Atlantic Canada.  How to best change and adapt to make the food sector more competitive, enhance market access and highlight our brand recognition on the world stage together will also be among the topics discussed.

The event will also have Atlantic Canada’s exclusive presentation of the region’s food performance from the Conference Board of Canada’s 2016 Provincial Report on Food which will also include the short- and medium-term economic and profitability outlook for Atlantic Canada’s agri-food and seafood manufacturing sectors.

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The Summit is being presented by Nova’s Scotia’s agriculture and seafood development agency, Perennia Food and Agriculture Inc., and the region’s leading membership-driven processor association, the Atlantic Food and Beverage Processors’ Association, with funding support from Growing Froward 2 and  the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.

Speakers include Jean-Charles Le Vallée from the Conference Board of Canada, leading retail expert Peter Chapman on ‘The New Food Retail Landscape’ and an industry panel including:  Francis McGuire, President of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency; Sylvia MacVey, President and CEO of G.E. Barbour Inc.; Gerry McConnell, owner of Benjamin Bridge Winery; and Bryan Inglis, CEO of The Food Island Partnership.