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October 19, 2010

From a customer in New Hampshire....

Good morning, I recently purchased the WILD HERRING FILLETS  in Cabernet wine sauce, an excellent product!.I did go to the website and looked at all the rest of the great products  and then I noticed on the can packaging that it was produced in Canada for Bar Harbor foods. I thought it was a little strange that on the website it reads a lot about Maine and such and fails to mention that the product can be made in Canada??.I don’t quite understand…….maybe you can help.

Thanks very much


Dan P., NH, USA

Response from Bar Harbor Foods....


We are an historic Maine company, started in 1917, by Willard Look. Our primary packing/production facility is located on Holmes Bay in Whiting, Maine.

Our herring, mackerel, and new sardine fillets are sustainably sourced from the Gulf of Maine, but are co-packed in Canada because there are no longer any packers of this product in the US. It is a sad fact, but true nonetheless. Downeast Maine boasted over 30 sardine and herring facilities all along its coast at one time.

In fact, another great company, Raye's Mustard Mill, in Eastport. Maine, originally served the fish packing companies in Maine with premium mustard for packing the sardines. They are still operated by 4th generation Raye's, and they provide the mustard for our Herring in Stone Ground Mustard; they also produce a wonderful portfolio of gourmet mustards. Mainers are great at versatility!

The process and sauces in which our fish are packed are all developed by our team and as head of Quality Assurance, I monitor the co-packing operation in Canada to insure we provide only the highest quality products to our customers. Thanks for your communication; we believe it's important for our customers to know about the food they purchase!

Kind regards and we hope you continue to enjoy the Bar Harbor products.

Bar Harbor Foods ~

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