Moosehead Breweries get operational and energy efficiency upgrades

News release

August 10, 2021 · Saint John, New Brunswick · Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)

Canada’s food and beverage industry has been hit hard by COVID-19. The Government of Canada has taken significant action to help the industry through this difficult period and is committed to giving businesses the tools they need to emerge stronger and more competitive than before.

Innovation is essential to making this a reality. That is why the Government of Canada is investing in Moosehead Breweries to help the company operate more efficiently and reduce costs.

Upgrades will allow Moosehead to remain competitive

Today, Wayne Long, Member of Parliament for Saint John-Rothesay, on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA, announced a repayable contribution of $151,767 to Moosehead Breweries to support operational and energy efficiency upgrades..

The upgrades will include improved lighting and climate control, and increased automation. This will help the company maintain market competitiveness by reducing costs and energy consumption, and improving safety and workflow.

Today’s announcement is further proof of the Government of Canada’s commitment to Canadian food and beverage-based businesses – helping them not just survive, but thrive. Initiatives like this one will help get Canadians back to work and ensure the food sector can play a major role in Canada’s economic recovery.


“The food and beverage sector is a crucial part of Atlantic Canada’s economy, supporting thousands of good jobs and creating opportunities in communities across the region. This support from the federal government will help Moosehead Breweries scale-up and remain competitive to sustain and invigorate this vital sector, which will support local economies and help the wider industry compete globally.”

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

“Businesses such as Moosehead Breweries are staples in our community. That is why the Government of Canada is proud to support Moosehead as it moves forward with operational upgrades so it can continue to contribute to our region’s economy, meet client demand, and spur growth.”

- Wayne Long, Member of Parliament for Saint John-Rothesay

“We’ve been working for a long time to continuously make improvements at Moosehead. We’re pleased to be receiving this contribution from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. Environmental and energy retrofits like this will help reduce our annual energy consumption while helping to further maintain manufacturing cost competitiveness. A positive result all-round: for both Moosehead, and for our community.”

- Andrew Oland, President, Moosehead Breweries Ltd.

Quick facts

  • Moosehead Breweries Ltd. is Canada's oldest independent beer company. Located in Saint John, New Brunswick, the company sells its beer throughout Canada, the United States, and in 15 countries around the world.

  • Funding for this project is provided through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency’s Regional Economic Growth through Innovation (REGI) program, which supports projects that promote sustainable community economic development, enhance business development and growth, and facilitate innovation.

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Catherine Mounier-Desrochers
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Economic
Development and Official Languages

Dominique Bouchard
Communications Officer

Jillian Edwards
Communications Manager
Moosehead Breweries Ltd.

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