Nine Nova Scotia companies will be honored May 21 for their success in exporting at the 31st annual Export Achievement Awards.

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Acadian Seaplants at Cornwallis Park is among businesses from across the province being recognized, and one will receive the Exporter of the Year award.

“On behalf of the government, I would like to congratulate all of the nominees for their hard work and contribution to growing our economy,” said Mark Furey, Minister of Business.

“The One Nova Scotia Commission identified increasing the value of our exports by 50 per cent as key to building a better economic future, and the efforts of these nominees are helping Nova Scotia achieve that important goal.”

Nominees for exporter of the year have already been recognized in their communities by their regional boards of trade.

During its Business Excellence awards ceremony last summer, the Digby Area Board of Trade presented its export excellence award to Acadian Seaplants, noting it wasrecognized globally as a technically superior leader in its diverse niche markets.

The company has five marine plant processing plants in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island and operates a seasonal rockweed harvest in Maine. Acadian Seaplants is the largest independent marine plant processing company in North America.

The export achievement awards recognizes companies across Nova Scotia that demonstrate the drive and the competitiveness necessary to succeed globally.Laurel Broten, president and CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc.

Also nominated are Big 8 Beverages of Stellarton, Premium Seafood Group of Arichat, Sara Bonnyman Pottery of Tatamagouche, Advanced Glazings of Sydney, Randsland Farms of Canning,

Wedgeport Lobsters of Yarmouth, Blue Ocean of Halifax, and Van Dyk’s of Caledonia.

“The export achievement awards recognizes companies across Nova Scotia that demonstrate the drive and the competitiveness necessary to succeed globally,” said Laurel Broten, president and CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc.

This year’s keynote speaker is Julia Rivard, senior partner at Norex. And, for the first time, companies attending are invited to participate in export information sessions.

The luncheon awards ceremony will take place at the World Trade and Convention Centre in Halifax.

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