The company is the maker of Honibe® products, which uses pure dried honey to deliver health and wellness products. Honibe® lozenges use dried honey for cough and cold relief. Recently, the company has focused on Honibe Gummies to deliver vitamins and health and wellness ingredients such as sleep support and immunity support.
They also make liquid honey from PEI honey, as well as the HoneyDrop™, a fully dehydrated piece of honey to sweeten coffee or tea. “We still make that product the same way we did 10 years ago, and are now working to automate the process,” says Scott Spencer, President and Chief Operating Officer.
Staff compensation and hiring
“Right now, we have a big focus on our people. In October 2020, we instituted a plant-wide production wage increase across the board. We want to give our team an opportunity to have a career at Island Abbey Foods.
“We are focused on hiring college graduates to fill our leadership ranks and develop them from scratch. We want to encourage Atlantic Canadians to grow with our company and be the next round of leaders.”
Island Abbey Foods makes products for customers in the US, the UK, Australia, United Arab Emirates, and New Zealand. “We have seen tremendous growth both in our products and our customers around the world,” says Scott. “By the end of 2020, the year to year growth of our Honibe® Gummy products will have grown by about five times.
“The years 2021 to 2023 will be a very busy time for Island Abbey Foods. We are planning to expand our facility on Innovation Way in Charlottetown from 35,000 square feet by an additional 30,000 square feet. Hopefully in the second quarter of 2021, we will be improving our GMP conditions as well as our product and people flow to meet ISO and SQF standards.
“We recently put a down payment on some world class manufacturing technology out of Europe. It will enable us to increase our gummy manufacturing capacity by five times and reduce our overall processing time. That equipment will be ready to start by 2022.
“To support that manufacturing capability, we need to add high-speed bottling capacity to our facility. We will be fully automating that line and reducing some of the manual processes we do now. We will also be expanding our warehouse space and installing a warehouse management system.
“I moved from Long Island New York to Prince Edward Island to take this position. When I arrived, I was amazed by the community on PEI, the music and the food scene, and the many growing companies here. There is plenty of opportunity for personal development and growth here on PEI.”