May 22, 2019 – Village Blanchard, NB – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
Thriving businesses in rural communities help create opportunities for economic growth and well-paid jobs for the middle class and those working to join it. Located in Village Blanchard, NB, 83 PPM Natural Spring Water Inc. is poised to continue growing once it modernizes its bottling facility with new technology, develops marketing tools to increase exports, and obtains global safety certification.
The company, which bottles and distributes Jano brand spring water products, has developed a strong market throughout New Brunswick and is now working to increase sales with exports to the United States and Asia.
The Government of Canada has provided a total contribution of $520,380 towards facility upgrades, new technology and marketing efforts.
Serge Cormier, Member of Parliament for Acadie-Bathurst and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), joined Bruno St-Onge, President of 83 PPM Natural Spring Water Inc., to make the announcement today.
Economic growth and the creation of good jobs for Atlantic Canadians require innovation and diversification. Support for this project is one way the Government of Canada is working to help businesses scale-up, increase sales, and participate in the global economy. Projects like this also contribute to the Atlantic Growth Strategy outcome of long-term economic prosperity in the region.
“Our government is committed to helping companies like 83 PPM Natural Spring Water Inc. continue to grow and make inroads into international markets. Investing in strategic projects that support the development of businesses in rural communities will help fuel economic development in the region. When a business sells its products and services in international markets, it creates wealth here at home. This is why exporting is key to growing the Atlantic economy. “
– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA
“I’m very pleased to see continued growth for 83 PPM Natural Spring Water Inc. Its Jano brand products are already well-known in New Brunswick and I’m excited to see the company scale-up and move into international markets. We’re very fortunate to have this forward-thinking company located in Village Blanchard, providing employment and helping to drive our local economy forward.”
– Serge Cormier, Member of Parliament for Acadie-Bathurst and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence
“Thanks to the support of the federal government, we were able to move forward with modernizing our bottling line and developing export opportunities. We are excited about our future as we continue to grow with our new technology and global safety certification.”
– Bruno St-Onge, President, 83 PPM Natural Spring Water Inc.
Through ACOA’s Business Development Program (BDP), the Government of Canada contributed $454,380 (repayable) towards modernizing the bottling facility to increase productivity.
An additional contribution of $12,375 (non-repayable) went towards obtaining the British Retail Consortium’s Global Standard in Food Safety (BRCGS), and $29,625 (repayable) went towards the acquisition of new bottling technology. Both projects were funded through the BDP.
The BRCGS is recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative and is used by more than 130 countries, with certification issued through a global network of accredited certification bodies.
ACOA also contributed $24,000 (repayable) towards marketing initiatives to increase export sales through the Regional Economic Growth through Innovation (REGI) program.
The Business Scale-up and Productivity stream of the REGI program supports businesses at various stages of development, including high-growth firms, to accelerate their growth, help them scale-up and enhance their productivity and competitiveness in both domestic and global markets.
The REGI program continues to build on the objectives of Government of Canada’s Innovation and Skills Plan.