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P.E.I. Company Wins Prestigious Food Award


Charlottetown, P.E.I.-based Abbey Island Foods Ltd. has been named the winner of the Global SIAL d’Or, and its signature product, the Honibe Honey Drop, the best new product of 2010 in the “Sweet – Grocery” category at France’s SIAL, the world’s largest food trade show. The company is also the winner of the Country Award for Canada.

The Honibe Honey Drop is the first 100-per-cent pure dried honey cube, and can be used to sweeten tea or coffee without the mess of traditional liquid honey. One 20-calorie honey package is the equivalent of one serving or five grams of honey, and contains no additives, preservatives, or artificial colour or flavour. It is available in pure honey and pure honey with lemon flavours.

World’s most innovative products

Chosen by a 30-member international judging panel, the SIAL d’Or awards recognize nine products that represent the world’s most innovative new product launches since November 2008. One product is then chosen as winner of the Global SIAL d’Or, or the best new product to launch in the past two years.

“The SIAL d’Or Awards are like the Oscars of the food world, and the Global SIAL d’Or is the overall gold medal that everyone is vying to win,” says Island Abbey Foods president John Rowe. “To win this award is very surprising and exciting.”

Agricultural ingenuity

“I am pleased to congratulate Island Abbey Foods Ltd. on winning this impressive award,” said Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. “The ingenuity shown by Island Abbey Foods Ltd. reflects the remarkable Canadian agricultural innovation that our government is proud to support.”

This summer the federal government invested $473,000 in Island Abbey to help the company expand operations through the Agri-Opportunities program.

Island Abbey Foods, a sixth-generation agricultural family business, produces a number of other honey products under its Honibe brand, including a 100-per-cent pure honey candy called Honey Delights, granular honey called Honey Sprinkles, and cough drops called Honey Lozenges.