Frenchys recognized for export achievements

John DeMings
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Guy's Frenchys is in the running for a major export award

Guy’s Frenchys of Digby is one of nine companies in the running for the Exporter of the Year award in Nova Scotia.

The province is celebrating excellence in exporting at the 30th annual Export Achievement Awards on Thursday, May 29, in Halifax.

This year's nominees have already been recognized in their communities by regional boards of trade and chambers of commerce.

"Congratulations to all the companies for their excellence in exporting," said Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Michel Samson.

"Government understands the importance exporting has to our province. Exporting drives growth in revenues for businesses and increases competitiveness both domestically and internationally."

According to Export Development Canada's global export forecast, an improving U.S. economy and a lower Canadian dollar will help spur Nova Scotia's exports ahead by eight per cent in 2014, and an additional three per cent in 2015.

"Exports are a major engine of economic growth and critical to Canada's long-term prosperity. Nova Scotia's exporters are fuelling that growth through the accomplishments being celebrated at the 2014 Nova Scotia Export Achievement Awards," said Rob Moore, Minister of State for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.

This year's Exporter of the Year will join a group of past winners which include Velsoft in 2013, Clearwater in 2012 and in 2011, TeamSpace.

Along with Guy’s Frencys, the 2014 regional award recipients are:

Scothorn Farms Ltd., Hardwood Lands; OTS Ltd., Sydney; Dalton Industries, Truro; RPS Composites Inc., Lunenburg; Ocean Leader Fisheries, Lower Wedgeport; Nova-Agri, Canning; Stright-MacKay, New Glasgow; and Clearwater Seafoods, Halifax.

Keynote speaker is James Surrette, president of Surrette Battery in Springhill. It is Canada's only independent battery manufacturer and one of the industry leaders in North America. The worldwide demand for renewable energy makes their eco-friendly batteries more viable than ever for trade in international markets.

"Nova Scotia businesses are gaining momentum in the global market. Since 2007, NSBI has worked with close to 600 businesses through trade missions, programs and services," said Ron Smith, interim CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc. "We are proud of the great businesses across this province and are excited to highlight their success."

The awards ceremony is presented by Nova Scotia Business Inc. and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, and will be at the World Trade and Convention Centre, 1800 Argyle St., from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Organizations: Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Nova Scotia Business, Export Development Canada Scothorn Farms OTS Dalton Industries Clearwater Seafoods World Trade and Convention Centre

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Halifax, Canada U.S. Sydney Lunenburg Wedgeport New Glasgow Springhill North America

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