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January 4, 2012

Last week before departing for the Christmas holiday, Bar Harbor Foods held its annual company Christmas party. Even though this is one of our busiest times of the year preparing our scrumptious seafood delights for delivery to your local grocery and specialty stores, it is important to all of us to make time to celebrate our collective and individual successes and show gratitude for our abundance here at Bar Harbor Foods.

In our production facility labeling area, garland was strung from the rafters, tables were brought in and decorated by executive staff and various production team members, festive packages for the much anticipated "Yankee Swap" were piled high on a cart, and a beautiful banquet of holiday foods was spread over a draped work table. With holiday music piped through the phone's intercom system, the team closed down workstations at the prescribed time, and with the removal of aprons, hairnets, gloves and boots were instantly transformed into a ensemble of exciting partiers. Even a couple of Santa hats appeared.

Since we produce from what we lovingly term, our little "boutique cannery", on Holmes Bay, there is no formal employee dining room or corporate conference room, but we all feel very much at home celebrating right where all the goodness of Bar Harbor is created.

A "state of the business" report from our President  & CEO confirms that we've completed another successful and prosperous year with increased revenues. Additional reports from the Marketing, Operations, and Quality Assurance departments further confirm that we've added new retail partners and distributors, have spoken with a growing census of loyal customers and that our high standards of producing the best shelf-stable seafood products is insuring our continued sustainable growth.

And then we share, as part of our company mission, from the abundance of our success with our valued team. This year's gift included new L.L. Bean (we shop locally!) lunch/picnic cooler packs embroidered with our Bar Harbor logo. In our effort to lower our carbon footprint and allow our employees more time with their families and to enjoy the beauty of our great state, we work four, 10-hours days, so lunch packs are a common sight entering the plant each morning. Now we all sart the new year with new ones. The company also shares profits through monetary gifts based on time of service. And annual merit increases follow employee performance reviews at the end of each year. We have been told by business colleagues we are unique and possibly a bit crazy for doing so in these unstable eceonomic times, but we believe everyone who works at Bar Harbor Foods plays a valuable part in the producion of the great products and ingredients we bring trom Maine's coast to your table.

You, our customers, are our reason for being, and we thank you for your continued loyalty and the trust you place in us by purchasing our products. We encourage you to join us on our "Bar Harbor Foods" Facebook page and to follow our Tweets at "barharborfoods".  Our new updated website launches in the first quarter of 2012 at www.barharborfoods.com. Please check in and subscribe to our email broadcasts to be the first to hear about it and we hope you will enjoy our new look! We will continue to bring you customer feedback, delicious recipes and tips for using our products in your own favorite recipes and new information about our company, our products and anything we feel may be relevant to assist you in making your best food choices. And most of all we LOVE to hear from you!

We wish each of you the most wonderful new year with the fulfillment of your desires, the greatest of health and happiness and the continued enjoyment of great seafood products from Bar Harbor Foods.

Happy New Year!

The Team at Bar Harbor Foods

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