About Us

 

THE HISTORY OF SCOTIAN GOLD

Our roots run deep.The roots of Scotian Gold Cooperative Limited were formed in 1912 when a group of fruit growers got together and formed The United Fruit Companies of Nova Scotia. These forward thinking farmers knew that if they worked together to market their produce, they would have more success than trying to compete on an individual basis.

Today, Scotian Gold is a grower owned tree fruit cooperative owned by 30 apple grower members. The company was formed in 1957 as a rebirth and reorganization of The United Fruit Companies of Nova Scotia.

Scotian Gold Cooperative stores and packs 50 percent of the apple production in Nova Scotian and is the largest apple packing and storage operation in Eastern Canada with fruit arriving from 55 family operated apple orchards across the province. In addition to our 30 grower owners, we have an additional 25 farmers who bring their fruit to Scotian Gold to pack, store and market.

Lead by the vision of the board of directors, all apple growers, the company strives to produce, store and pack the best quality apples possible. Dedicated farmers using modern equipment, technology and practices under the guidance of our tree fruit specialist carefully tend Apple orchards.

After harvest, apples are transported to our storage facilities. We use controlled atmosphere storage to ensure our customers receive the best quality apple possible. Each storage room is automatically computer monitored and controlled for oxygen, carbon dioxide and temperature to ensure our apples are stored in ideal conditions specific to the individual variety.

State of the art technology extends to the packing line with a pre-sort packing system which not only improves the capacity and efficiency of the packing line, but also ensures a consistent quality product in the bag or case.
 
In addition to our whole apples, our growers harvest peaches, pears and plums. Our processing department produces fresh apple slices and oranges slices in individual, family size and bulk sizes for retail, institution and food service customers.

"Lead by the vision of the board of directors, all apple growers, the company strives to produce, store and pack the best quality apples possible. Dedicated farmers using modern equipment, technology and practices under the guidance of our tree fruit specialist carefully tend Apple orchards." After harvest, apples are transported to our storage facilities. We use controlled atmosphere storage to ensure our customers receive the best quality apple possible.Our entire operation is focused on food safety with our growers audited for on farm food safe practices, our plant HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) certified to international standards and a commitment to Quality Assurance and Quality Control. In addition to HACCP certification, Scotian Gold's packinghouse is SQF (Safe Quality Food) 2000 level 3 certified. One of the only apple packing houses in Canada to be SQF certified, our customers can be assured that our products have been produced, processed, prepared and handled according to the highest possible standards at every step in the supply chain.
We're proud of our product and can't imagine a more wholesome product to provide for consumers whether they're children choosing a recess snack or adults opting for a healthy snack choice.
 

FOOD SAFETY & QUALITY ASSURANCE

At Scotian Gold Co-operative, we take food safety seriously.
  • Our tree fruit packing house is the first in Canada to achieve the Safe Quality Food Program's SQF Level 3 accrediation. This certifies HACCP, Supplier Approval, Food Safety and Food Quality programs for our Packing and Fresh Cut operations to the standards of the Global Food Safety Initiative.
  • Our orchards are SQF Level 2 certified
  • Our plant is RPW certificed
  • Our plant and orchards are GAP certified
  • A tested traceability and recall program is in place in our plant and orchards
  • Our on site Quality Assurance/HACCP Manager is also a certified SQF Consultant