News


July 4, 2018

A Clear Vision of the Future


When Roland Larkin began raising turkeys on the family’s New Glasgow, P.E.I. farm, it was primarily for family and friends. Fast forward to today, sons Harvey and Paul and their wives Rosemary and Linda, have grown Larkin Bros into an ambitious farm-to-table operation which markets both whole and value-added poultry products to Island supermarkets, hotels, restaurants, and corner stores.

“Since day one, our mission has been to create a high-quality local product,” says Paul Larkin. “Our poultry has always been grain fed without animal bi-products and medication and antibiotic free.  That appeals to our consumers who know this is a healthier alternative.”  

As the company’s plans expand and focus has shifted to increase its value-added processing, Larkin Bros. has worked with Food Island Partnership to collaborate with the Emergence Incubator, Canada’s Smartest Kitchen, and Bio Food Tech – all P.E.I. based – to generate a clear vision for its future. “We’ve toured facilities in Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia to see their processing equipment and best practices, and worked with Canada’s Smartest Kitchen on packaging, formulations and nutritional content,” says Rosemary Larkin. “Food Island Partnership has been instrumental in connecting us with similar companies, funders and service providers.” The company is assessing food safety regulations and standards to bring it to HCAAP level of certification with the goal of growing its market share and sales potential on P.E.I. “Currently some 80-to-85 percent of turkey consumed on P.E.I. is imported, so there is a lot of opportunity,” says Linda Larkin.  

 In March, Larkin Bros. took over ownership of the processing facility in Crapaud and opened a small retail outlet there in May to accommodate its growing line of value-added poultry products including turkey breast; stuffed turkey thigh roasts; chicken and turkey burgers; a variety of sausages; and turkey meatballs. It markets 16 gluten-free poultry products.  Larkin Bros. offers memberships to a Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) program which is popular with Island consumers interested in supporting local businesses and food producers. For the many small farmers who raise backyard flocks of turkeys, chickens and ducks, Larkin Bros. offers custom processing and sees this as an avenue that will grow.  

  “People want to buy local, and we are very aware of that,” says Harvey Larkin. “P.E.I. is a Food Island with no end to the innovative ideas and products we can develop to suit our customers’ needs. We’re constantly exploring new opportunities to enhance and expand our product line. The sky’s the limit.”    

 By Magner Ink (www.magnerink.com). This is one in a series of articles on the P.E.I. Food Cluster.     

News Articles

February 23, 2017
Marouns Garlic Paste wins $30,000
Island food entrepreneur, Ryan Abdallah, wins the 2016-17 Food Xcel program! more

February 21, 2017
Food Xcel Pitch Day
Food Xcel Pitch Day has arrived! more

November 7, 2016
Startup Weekend PEI
Have you ever wanted to know what it's like to start your own business? more

October 27, 2016
RECRUITMENT NOTICE Global Business Mission to the United Arab Emirates
Trade Team PEI partners invite your company/organization to participate in its upcoming, multi-secto more

October 24, 2016
2-DAY CHARCUTERIE WORKSHOP
Learn practical and technical knowledge to create small-scale artisan cured products. more

September 21, 2016
Food Xcel
Have you ever thought of starting your own food business?  more

SUBSCRIBE TO NEWSLETTERS: Sign up today for industry news, events and more.

News

About Us

Food Island Partnership is an organization dedicated to the Food Industry on Prince Edward Island.  We partner in projects with companies, industry partners, research, development and technology institutions to further the growth and profitability of the food industry of Prince Edward Island. Projects can be in the area of product development, productivity and... >

Food Island

Contact Us

134 Kent St.
National Bank Tower
Suite 302
Charlottetown, PE
C1A 8R8

  [email protected]

© Copyright 2018     A GRAPHCOM SITE