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Island Advance Entrepreneur Profile

Sunday May 1, 2016

Island Advance is an initiative of the Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce designed to advance PEI's economy by creating a supportive environment where entrepreneurs can flourish and success is celebrated. Island Advance seeks to foster economic growth in Prince Edward Island by: Encouraging Entrepreneurship - Showcase local entrepreneurial success stories - Create enthusiasm among youth for entrepreneurshp - Provide mentoring and guidance to aspiring entrepreneurs Improving Access to Capital - Connect entrepreneurs and people with capital - Influence public policy in support of capital formation - Support investors through investment education Retaining Skilled and Entrepreneurial Immigrants - Promote cultural diversity in our business community - Help identify relevant business opportunities in PEI

Canadian Potato Museum Cheque Presentation 2016

Tuesday April 12, 2016

ELMSDALE -- The Canadian Potato Museum in O'Leary has developed into a significant piece of the North Cape Coastal Drive experience, acknowledges museum president Bill MacKendrick. MacKendrick acknowledges the generous contributions of Sobey's and W.P. Griffin Inc., for helping to grow the museum into a major attraction. The $30,000 donation Sobey's and W.P. Griffin Inc. provided Tuesday brings their four-year contribution to $144,500. The two companies, combined, to make a 25 cent donation to the museum for every bag of Canadian Heritage brand russet potatoes Griffins sold through Sobeys stores in Atlantic Canada during potato month, the last four Februaries. "These dollars have been used in various ways, such as incorporation of new displays, purchase of kitchen equipment for our café and other capital improvements," MacKendrick said in extending thanks to the two financial contributors and to the companies that sponsored prizes for the promotion. "The financial contributions have helped position the museum in its ongoing quest to be the best it can be," he said. The money, he said, helped last year with over $60,000 worth of renovations. The exposure from the campaign also helps draw visitors to the facility. He added the 12,000 visitors annually provide tremendous economic spinoffs for O'Leary. "It's good for everybody involved," said Peter Griffin of W.P. Griffin Inc., acknowledging the February campaign promotes all of P.E.I. The winner of a grand prize package, provided for the 2016 Potato Month promotion by The Holman Grand Hotel, was announced following the $30,000 presentation to the Potato Museum. The accommodations, dining and spa package, as well as admission tickets to the museum, goes to Colleen Harnum from Deer Lake, NL.

Irelands Favorite Potato - The Albert Bartlett Rooster Potato

Friday March 11, 2016

W.P. Griffin Inc. is pleased to announce that we are launching Ireland's Favorite Potato just in time for Saint Patrick's Day on March 17, 2016. "We have been working with this new variety for a few growing seasons now and we are excited to be offering this new variety to Atlantic Canada". The Rooster potato variety was originally developed in Ireland and now accounts for 70% of all table potato sales on the Emerald Isle. It is also the #1 potato in all of the UK. "Sobeys has agreed to partner with us for the launch on Saint Patrick's Day by offering free in-store sampling in all Sobeys stores in Atlantic Canada on March 17th". Ireland's Favorite Potato. And trust us, the Irish know their Potatoes. Rooster potatoes have reddish skin, light yellow flesh, dry and fluffy texture with a nutty favour. They are great baker, mashed, boiled and fried.

WP Griffin Inc. celebrates major expansion

Thursday January 7, 2016

ELMSDALE -- Over the past 27 years staff at W.P. Griffin Inc. have grown pretty accustomed to change, company president and general manager, John Griffin said Thursday. He made the acknowledgement following the official opening of their expanded potato packing plant. With the expansion, completed in early December and now fully operational, the potato wash plant and packing facility in Elmsdale, P.E.I. has grown in size by more than 50 per cent, to 38,000 square feet from 25,000. It allows for a pallet box cold storage area at the back where the company can store specialty potatoes until they have the volumes to fill orders, and a 7,000 square foot shipping and receiving area up front which allows for packaged product to be efficiently stored awaiting shipment. The expansion has allowed for some reorganization within the plant to build in efficiencies, such as reducing downtime by filling larger runs prior to shifting over to other product lines. "Change is constant. There's always going to be small changes; not necessarily big changes," company VP and operations manager, Peter Griffin, reflected on a series of advancements at the operation since 1988. But the big changes might be over for awhile. "I think, right now, we have a good modern facility that's going to serve our purposes well for the next 20 years," said the company president as he watched groups of invited guests fan out on tours of the facility. The latest expansion, he said, "brings the facility into the 21st century and gives our business a clear road forward." He acknowledged the support of financial partners, Tignish Credit Union, Farm Credit Canada, Innovation P.E.I., and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. The operation averages around 35 staff year-round, growing to around 50 at peak periods. Greg Donald, general manager of the P.E.I. Potato Board recognized the Griffin brothers and business owners as leaders, innovators, good stewards of their land and as strong members of their community and the potato industry. "This expansion is net another accomplishment and milestone among many over the last 60 years for WP Griffin," he said.

Griffin Family Farms & Sobeys Compliments CTV commercial

Friday January 1, 2016

The Griffin family is pleased to release their first TV commercial in Atlantic Provinces. The commercial features Griffin & Sobeys Compliments products that are available throughout Atlantic Canada at Sobeys, Foodland & Co-op stores.

Dunn brothers recognized

Friday July 17, 2015

Potato Blossom Festival's hired hands of the year O'LEARY -- The recognition just keeps coming for Elmsdale brothers Wayne and Charlie Dunn. Recently recognized by their employer for 50 years of loyal service, they picked up Hired Hand of the Year Award during the P.EI. Potato Blossom Festival Farmers Banquet. The brothers started working part-time for Elmsdale potato grower and shipper Wilfred Griffin in 1965 when they were 16 and 17 years of age. They started working for the company full-time on January 1, 1966. In 50 years with the company, now known as WP Griffin Inc., and run by Wilfred's sons, John and Peter, the brothers have had their hands on all aspects of the operation.