35 Years Young
Acadian Maple is proud to be celebrating our 35th year providing Nova Scotia and the
rest of the world quality Canadian pure maple syrup. Started in 1982, my father (Brian Allaway) had a vision of providing quality maple products to local markets all 12 months of the year. This vision has been realized and now has a global reach. Our organization is growing, adapting and pushing forward all because of the great team of people we have. We look forward to future challenges and opportunities all while providing employment and much needed resources to the community of St. Margaret's Bay in Nova Scotia.
On a crisp spring morning in 1982, Acadian Maple Products was started by accident as an innocent family hobby. Motivated in part by providing an educational experience for the children and part trying to re-live a childhood experience, President Brian Allaway, tapped a dozen backyard trees and boiled the sap in a flat bottom pan over an open fire. With children, Cara and Brian William helping with the collection of the sap and wife Simonne, tending the fire, it was a true family endeavor. In one of these first few years a large enough surplus of syrup was produced that a local store owner agreed to purchase the excess. After selling out, the store required more. The entire production had been used so four, one gallon cans of pure maple syrup were bought and shipped to the Allaway residence on the bus. With this, Acadian Maple was born.
A sugar camp was constructed in the Wentworth Valley of Norther Nova Scotia in order to provide enough production to satisfy growing markets. This facility provided the majority of the pure maple syrup for Acadian Maple until 1999 when it was shut down because it could simply not provide enough pure maple syrup.
In 2001 William Allaway, a fresh graduate from Mount Allison Universitydecided to turn the family hobby into a real business. A property was purchased on the Peggys Cove road and the facility became the new headquarters for Acadian Maple Products. The facility in Wentworth was converted into a licensed maple syrup processing facility and the focus of the organization began to shift towards food safety and market growth.
In 2009 a new facility was built on the existing Peggys Cove road location which consolidated the production plant in Wentworth, the warehouse, offices, retail shop and added on a new agri- tourism venue which caters to tourists and cruise ship passengers visiting Halifax. This facility now produces all of our maple syrup products a large range of preserves, coffee and confections. In 2012 our focus started shifting towards quality management and continuous improvement activities. We are now a SQF level 2 food safety certified facility and run a growing and unique continuous improvement program blending tools from lean manufacturing, the Toyota production system, food safety and six sigma.
As our organization continues to grow and adapt we look forward to new challenges, opportunities and the chance to have a ton of fun. We would like to thank each and every one of our customers. Without you we would never be where we are today.