Nova Scotia beverage company pours into new markets

From: Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

June 15, 2021 · Halifax, Nova Scotia · Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)

Food and beverage processors rely on modern equipment to remain competitive, protect jobs and help keep the economy going. That’s why the Government of Canada is investing in Halifax-based beverage producer, Cove Kombucha Inc., to help the company scale up and expand operations.

Federal funding will help local company pursue future growth

Today, Andy Fillmore, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities and Member of Parliament for Halifax, announced a $300,000 repayable contribution to help Cove Kombucha purchase additional brewing equipment and undertake marketing initiatives. The announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages.

The investment will support the purchase of a new brewing kettle, buffer tanks, and state-of-the-art cooling and freezing systems, to increase productivity and cold storage capacity. The funding will also support activities to help Cove Kombucha reach new markets, and expand its national distribution network. This project will result in the creation of three full-time, permanent jobs.

Today’s announcement further demonstrates the Government of Canada’s commitment to help businesses grow, create jobs, and contribute to Atlantic Canada’s economic recovery.

Quotes

“We are committed to helping small- and medium-sized businesses scale up and become more competitive. Increasing production and establishing a presence in new markets is one way companies can grow, create more jobs and contribute to a strong post-pandemic economy.”

– The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA

“Food and beverage processing is a major manufacturing industry in Canada and the largest buyer of Canadian agriculture products. Helping Cove Kombucha purchase specialized equipment and undertake new marketing activities will help them increase production while creating well-paying, skilled jobs here in Atlantic Canada.”

– Andy Fillmore, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities and Member of Parliament for Halifax

“We have never been prouder to be Nova Scotian and are elated to represent our beautiful province as strong candidates in the industry.”

– John MacLellan, CEO, Cove Kombucha Inc.

Quick facts

  • Kombucha is a probiotic health beverage that is made by fermenting various teas with bacteria cultures and yeast. Fruits, herbs and botanicals can be added for additional flavor and sweetness.

  • Cove Kombucha is currently available in Sobeys, Costco Wholesale in Atlantic Canada, Needs convenience stores and Lawton’s drug stores.

  • Funding for this project is provided through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency‘s (ACOA) Regional Economic Growth through Innovation (REGI) program.

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