News release

Lab Investment To Help Wine, Beer, Spirits, Cider Sectors

The provincial and federal governments are adding to their support of Nova Scotia’s home-grown wine industry while also helping Nova Scotia beer, spirits, and cider producers get their products ready for export.

The two levels of government are investing in new equipment at the Acadia Laboratory for Agri-food and Beverage. The province, through the Department of Agriculture, is providing $145,950. The Government of Canada, through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency’s Innovative Communities Fund, is providing a $99,500 non-repayable contribution.

“Our wine industry has been fast-growing with high-quality, award-winning products,” said Nova Scotia Minister of Agriculture Keith Colwell. “We are investing to support further progress and help open pathways to similar success for Nova Scotia’s growing craft beer, spirits and cider sectors.”

The new lab equipment will provide both new and improved testing services that measure the alcohol content, chemistry and sugars of alcoholic products. The lab currently provides a high standard of quality assurance for wine by analyzing it for levels of nutrients, micro-biology, and yeast. The new equipment will allow the lab to provide the same analysis for craft beer, spirits, and cider.

This analysis will guarantee accurate labeling and ensure quality of taste and shelf stability. The more efficient, automated lab analysis will help producers meet regulatory requirements and get their products ready sooner for new export markets.

The investment will also help the Acadia lab work toward achieving ISO accreditation, a globally recognized standard of quality assurance. The accreditation will mean beer, spirits and cider samples will no longer have to be sent to a lab outside the province for testing, allowing for quicker test results.

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This investment represents the ongoing commitment to support Nova Scotia’s wine/grape sector, and now greater support for the growing beer, cider and spirits sectors. Government is helping ALAB expand its efficiency to help industry expand its export markets and gain even greater levels of success. Acadia is proud to be part of this important economic story in Nova Scotia. Leigh Huestis, director, Office of Industry & Community Engagement, Acadia University

It’s important that Nova Scotia’s beverage producers have access to quality local testing at the Acadia Laboratory for Agri-Food and Beverage so they can rapidly develop and verify new products. With this contribution we’re investing in our world-class wine, cider, and beer producers so they can continue to innovate with new products and promptly get them to market in Canada and beyond. Kody Blois, member of Parliament for Kings-Hants, on behalf of Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA

Quick Facts:

  • the Acadia Laboratory for Agri-food and Beverage is a not-for-profit unit of Acadia University in Wolfville that supports the development of the Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canadian agri-food and beverage sector by providing testing services that help producers to enhance product quality, regulatory compliance, consumer appeal and export capabilities
  • with investment by the provincial government, Acadia established a wine lab in 2016 which became Acadia Laboratory for Agri-food and Beverage in 2017; it has been offering dedicated analytical services to industry since 2018
  • Nova Scotia has more than 20 wineries, 57 producers of craft beer, 16 producers of spirits, and 20 cider producers
  • Nova Scotia’s wine industry had more than $12.5 million in sales in 2020 and more than $1 million in exports
  • the project has been funded under the Agriculture Department’s 2020-21 budget

Additional Resources:

Acadia Laboratory for Agri-food and Beverage: https://alab.acadiau.ca/

Perennia: https://www.perennia.ca/agriculture/wine-initiatives/

Taste of Nova Scotia: https://tasteofnovascotia.com/members/

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Media Contacts:

Bruce Nunn
Nova Scotia Agriculture Cell: 902-476-6454 Email:
Chris Brooks
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency Cell: 902-830-3839 Email: