Ocean Crisp Apple Company Inc., established in June 2017 with packing, juice/cider, and storage facilities in Kentville and Windsor, Nova Scotia, is advancing its operations with almost $2.5 million in federal funding. The company is one of the largest single suppliers of premium variety apples in Nova Scotia.
An investment of $1,978,157, is being provided under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, AgriInnovate Program. There is an additional contribution of $500,000 from Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency's (ACOA) Regional Economic Growth through Innovation (REGI) program.
The company, helmed by president Blake Sarsfield, will install first-in-Canada automated and robotic equipment that will increase capacity, improve efficiency and quality, and reduce water usage. Other major Atlantic apple producers will benefit by being granted access to the advanced equipment, which will support the province in sending premium apple varieties, such as Honeycrisp, to high-value export markets.
In 2017, the farm-gate value for apples in the Maritimes reached $24.7 million, an increase of $9.2 million from 2011 due to the success of high value cultivars such as Honeycrisp and Ambrosia apples.
Source: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada August 12, 2019 news release