Nova Scotia’s trade mission to Louisiana this week has alreadyproduced a sales agreement for one company and solid businessleads for other Nova Scotia delegates. “We have had productive meetings and discussions with members ofthe food service industry in Lafayette, Baton Rouge and NewOrleans, which have resulted in business agreements for some ofour Nova Scotia trade delegation,” said Minister of Agricultureand Fisheries and Acadian Affairs Chris d’Entremont, who isleading the visit. “Louisiana is a promising new market for manyNova Scotia companies. It makes sense to build on our historicaland cultural ties with trade.” Acadian Maple Products Ltd., which manufactures and ships maplesyrup and maple products, has finalized a deal. “It was nice tofind a party interested in our products and be able to reach adeal so quickly,” said company owner Brian Allaway. A variety ofNova Scotia specialty maple products will soon be available toLafayette consumers. The Nova Scotia delegation met with Associated Grocers, Inc. onWednesday, Feb. 23. The association represents more than 300independent retail grocers in the southeastern region of theUnited States and has sales of more than $500 million annually. Mr. d’Entremont also met with Louisiana’s secretary of Wildlifeand Fisheries, Dwight Landreneau, to discuss trade opportunitiesbetween Nova Scotia and the state. “We see opportunities for Nova Scotia and Louisiana to complementeach other; for example with seafood products,” said Mr.d’Entremont. “Our delegation has been warmly received by thepeople of Louisiana and local media and I am confident thatadditional relationships will be established as a result of ourvisit this week.” Mr. d’Entremont is joined on the tour by representatives ofseveral agri-food and seafood companies, including:Nova Agri Inc. — producer of blueberries and fruit;Country Harbour Sea Farms Limited — grower and processor ofcultivated mussels;Acadian Maple Products Ltd. — maple and blueberry producer;Sambro Fisheries Ltd. — Atlantic salmon, clam, crab, shrimp,tuna, shark and groundfish processor;Chef Stefan Inc. — retailer of fine sea salts for home cookingenthusiasts and experienced chefs;Innovative Sea Product – clam harvester and processor;Aqua Shell Holdings — shellfish processor;Taste of Nova Scotia — an association of local food producersand processors that focus on joint marketing initiatives. Louisiana has more than 4,200 food service outlets — aboutthree-quarters of them in New Orleans alone. Chefs in the stateserve more than 11 million visitors each year. The trade mission was in Louisiana from Feb. 21 to today, Feb.25.