News release

Minister to Advance Nova Scotia’s Business Relationships in China

Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell is travelling to China Saturday, Oct. 27, to help promote business relationships in fisheries, aquaculture, agri-food and beverages.

He will return Nov. 15.

“We have built successful trading relationships in China, which has contributed to our record high export sales, primarily for our fishery,” said Mr. Colwell. “Even with this success, it remains critical to connect with key buyers from food service, wholesale, retail and e-commerce sectors to continue advancing economic opportunities for Nova Scotia’s export businesses.”

During this trip, the minister will represent the premier at key events in Qingdao and Shanghai as part of the Atlantic Growth Strategy Trade Mission to China.

Nova Scotia companies will be represented at one of the world’s largest expos, the China Fisheries and Seafood Expo in Qingdao on Nov. 7. These include:

  • Atlantic Resources Partnership, Halifax
  • Atlantic Sea Cucumber, Halifax
  • Top Claw Lobster Seafood Company, Newellton, Shelburne Co.
  • Fisher King Seafoods, Lower Sackville
  • Gidney Fisheries, Digby
  • Louisbourg Seafoods, Louisbourg
  • Nautical Seafoods, Annapolis Royal
  • Right Source Seafood Fisheries, Bedford
  • Atlantic Aqua Farms, Dartmouth
  • Victoria Co-operative Fisheries, Neil’s Harbour, Victoria Co.
  • World Link Food Distributors, Goffs, Halifax Regional Municipality
  • Rio Imports and Exports, Dartmouth

Several other companies are also participating.

Companies being showcased at the Food and Hotel China event in Shanghai on Nov. 13 include:

  • Oxford Frozen Foods, Oxford
  • Steinhart Distillery, Arisaig, Antigonish Co.
  • Victoria Co-operative Fisheries, Neil’s Harbour, Victoria Co.
  • Sainte Famille Wines, Falmouth, Hants Co.
  • Jus Nova, Halifax
  • Benjamin Bridge, Gaspereau Valley, Kings Co.
  • Authentic Seacoast, Guysborough, Guysborough Co.
  • Domaine de Grand Pre Wineries, Grand Pre, Kings Co.

The minister will also attend the 7th Annual World Conference on Aquaculture and Fisheries: A New Era of Aquaculture Science and Technology, in Weihai from Oct. 29 to 31.

Nova Scotia’s exports to China were $114 million in 2011 and have since risen to $604 million in 2017.

Total Nova Scotia seafood exports to China in 2017 were valued at $389 million. This is expected to grow this year - fish and seafood products exported from the province to China in the first eight months of 2018 were valued at $344 million. This is an increase of 22 per cent from the $281 million exported in the same period the previous year.

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Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell is travelling to China Saturday (October 26th) to help promote business relationships in fisheries, aquaculture, agri-food and beverages.

During this trip, the minister will represent the premier at two key events as part of the Atlantic Growth Strategy Trade Mission to China.

Mr. Colwell says that while Nova Scotia has built successful trading relationships in China, he wants to continue to advance economic opportunities for export businesses.

He returns November 15th.

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