SCO­TIAN GOLD RE­CEIVES LOAN TO IM­PROVE HON­EY­CRISP STOR­AGE

Sco­tian Gold gets $900,000 loan to im­prove hon­ey­crisp stor­age

Valley Journal Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - BY IAN FAIRCLOUGH THE CHRON­I­CLE HER­ALD

The fed­eral gov­ern­ment is giv­ing Sco­tian Gold a $900,000 ACOA loan to ex­pand its con­trolled at­mos­phere stor­age room for hon­ey­crisp ap­ples.

Kings-Hants MP made the an­nounce­ment Sept. 10 at the co­op­er­a­tive’s plant in Coldbrook, Kings County.

The ad­di­tional space — about 15,000 sq. ft. more on top of Sco­tian Gold’s cur­rent stor­age ca­pac­ity of 150,000 sq. ft. — means it can hold an ad­di­tional 100,000 bushels of hon­ey­crisps.

The stor­age sys­tem re­moves oxy­gen and adds car­bon diox­ide to keep ap­ples fresher about three months longer than it can now. That is the cur­rent process, but Sco­tian Gold pres­i­dent and CEO David Par­rish says the new sys­tem is im­proved and more en­ergy-ef­fi­cient.

“It has newer tech­nol­ogy that is go­ing to al­low us to store the ap­ples for an even longer pe­riod than we have in the past,” Par­rish said.

Hon­ey­crisps are the lo­cal ap­ple in­dus­try’s most valu­able com­mod­ity.

“The whole con­cept is to have the best-qual­ity piece of fruit you can put on the mar­ket,” Par­rish said.

Grow­ers are plant­ing more hon­ey­crisp or­chards, and the new space will help hold the in­creased vol­ume while en­abling Sco­tian Gold to ship fresh fruit longer.

“We cur­rently run out in late spring, so this will al­low us to con­tinue on later into the sea­son, and pro­vide more work for our em­ploy­ees,” said Par­rish.

He ex­pects that the pack­ing sea­son for em­ploy­ees will in­crease by 20 days.

It will also pro­vide a com­pet­i­tive ad­van­tage for the co-op in the ex­port and do­mes­tic mar­kets be­cause it pro­vides more ap­ples to cus­tomers for longer for more of the year, he said.

Bri­son said hon­ey­crisp “is a high-value ap­ple, which means a more prof­itable ap­ple to pro­duce. It is the most sought-af­ter va­ri­ety in the world, and the com­bi­na­tion of global de­mand and the fact the An­napo­lis Val­ley is the best place in the world to pro­duce the ap­ples means that this (project) is a win­ner.”

He said it will take hon­ey­crisp pro­duc­tion po­ten­tial to a new level.

“We be­lieve that food pro­duc­tion is one of the ar­eas of great­est po­ten­tial growth and pros­per­ity for Canada in the next 30 or 40 years, and there is no part of Canada bet­ter po­si­tioned to par­tic­i­pate in that than Nova Sco­tia.”

IAN FAIRCLOUGH

Kings-Hants MP Scott Bri­son an­nounced a $900,000 ACOA loan on Sept. 10 to im­prove stor­age ca­pac­ity and qual­ity at Sco­tian Gold Co-op­er­a­tive in Kings County.

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