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November 26, 2010
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Federal and Provincial Government congratulate Island Abbey Foods on winning international award

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The federal and provincial governments would like to congratulate Island Abbey Foods for winning the 2010 Global SIAL d’Or prize for their award-winning Honibe product, a non-sticky solid form of honey.

“Our government extends congratulations to Island Abbey Foods of Prince Edward Island for the outstanding accomplishment and recognition they have received in winning the 2010 Global SIAL d’Or prize,” said the Honourable Mike Duffy, Senator for Prince Edward Island (Cavendish), on behalf of the Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of National Revenue, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway. “This international acknowledgment of the innovative achievement of an Atlantic Canadian company is an inspiring testament to the global competiveness of our small business community.”

Island Abbey Foods was presented the prize for Best in Canada 2010, Best of Sweet Grocery Category 2010 and Best New Food Product in the World 2010, the Global SIAL d’Or, at the Paris-based awards, which are considered to be the Oscars of the food industry.

“Island Abbey Foods is a great example of the kind of innovation and quality that are produced in an environment where business and government are committed to excellence. My department’s lending services and the staff of our Food Technology Centre have been proud to work with John and Susan Rowe as they developed the Honibe products,” said the Honourable Allan Campbell, Minister of Innovation and Advanced Learning. “John and Susan have achieved great success by focussing on a great product that is unique in the grocery marketplace.”

Island Abbey Foods won the honour for their Honey Drop along with the company’s entire line of Honibe products. These products are made using an innovative process that removes moisture so they keep their honey taste and sweetness without the sticky mess.

“We are thrilled to have won the Global SIAL d’Or award and the recognition it has brought to our company and product on an international stage,” said John Rowe, owner of Island Abbey Foods. “We have really appreciated the resources available to us by both governments. It allowed us to build a strong foundation in Prince Edward Island from which we were then able to launch from.”

Island Abbey employs 25 full-time and part-time staff and distributes its diverse product line to over 80 countries around the world. The Global SIAL D’Or award will help them expand their markets and product lines even further internationally.

See a video of the Minister's statement

Media Contact: Ron Ryder
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