ACOA loan helps lo­cal com­pany make more dough

Cape Breton Post - - BUSINESS EXTRA -

SYD­NEY — The Cookie Mon­ster would be proud. A Sy­d­port-based foods man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pany is us­ing an $81,500 loan from the At­lantic Canada Op­por­tu­ni­ties Agency to help pay for a cookie ma­chine that can pro­duce more than 14,000 cook­ies per hour. Clas­sic Fine Foods, owned by sib­lings Jacklyn An­der­son and Wayne Mac­Don­ald, will match the ACOA loan with an equal amount to pay for the high-tech ma­chine that has ar­rived at its Edwardsville plant, but has yet to be set up. "It's a cookie drop­per, that's what we call it in the busi­ness, and it pro­duces 14,400 cook­ies an hour and that is a lot of cook­ies," said An­der­son, who is the com­pany's vice-pres­i­dent. An­der­son said the com­pany, that was started by her brother in 2009, is ex­pand­ing its mar­ket­ing and dis­tri­bu­tion west­ward across Canada and south into the New Eng­land states. She said Clas­sic Fine Foods will likely add some new work­ers to its ex­ist­ing staff of 12 peo­ple. Along with cook­ies, the com­pany pro­duces cin­na­mon buns, oat cakes, muffins and other baked goods. Most of the prod­ucts are sold as raw dough, but com­pany sales also in­clude pre-baked goods. Cape Bre­ton Post

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