About us

Founded in 1998 by David and Evelyn Ernst, Terra Beata grew first from a patch of undeveloped peat bog sold at a mortgage foreclosure to a 12 acre cranberry farm on Heckmans Island, near Lunenburg Nova Scotia. From there, we learned to clean, freeze, process and market cranberries. We now still operate the original farm, plus we receive cranberries from about 12 other farms in Atlantic Canada, for a total of over 5 million pounds of fruit per year.

Our main facility is on Heckmans Island where we make juice, preserves, dried fruit and pack frozen berries full time year round.

In 2013, Terra Beata was proud to receive BRC certification, following one of the most stringent food safety programs in the world.

In the News

90% of Terra Beata’s sales are outside our region and outside our country! In March 2017, we won the Lunenburg Queens Export Achievement Award: http://thechronicleherald.ca/southshorebreaker/1450228-lunenburg-queens-business-excellence-awards-handed-out

Evelyn was honoured by BMO’s Celebrating Women program in May, 2017:  https://bmoforwomen.bmo.com/bmo-celebrating-women-bmo-recognizes-outstanding-women-halifax/

Our cranberry sauce production line was featured on the Food Network’s Food Factory special 2016 Thanksgiving episode: http://www.foodnetwork.ca/shows/food-factory/video/episode/thanksgiving/video.html?v=774830147522

Global Morning News visited the farm and took a 5 minute look at our products and processing lines: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1KKNOOQ2Hs

And Maritime Made shows the whole process of making cranberry cocktail, from field, through harvest, cleaning, juice pressing and bottling: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MptBfQB3erA

We are sending more products to Ontario grocery stores: http://thechronicleherald.ca/business/1334019-terra-beata-juiced-for-business

December 2015 was cranberry month for Taste of Nova Scotia, so our cranberry products were featured on Global TV: http://globalnews.ca/video/1726886/christmas-cranberries

We were mentioned in Canadian Grocer magazine’s feature on grocery companies exhibiting at SIAL Paris: http://www.canadiangrocer.com/categories/canadas-in-sial-eh-45476?utm_source=EmailMarketing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Newsletter

We were part of Bell Aliant’s Community One TV Thanksgiving feature: http://bit.ly/164PRVb

Our plans for 2014 made the Chronicle Herald newspaper: http://thechronicleherald.ca/business/1180434-lunenburg-s-terra-beata-hopes-expansion-bears-fruit

2013 was a busy year!

We received a Nova Scotia Export Achievement Award: http://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20130507002, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GqXCluEmCI

We ranked 48th on the Profit 500 List of Canada’s Fastest Growing Companies: http://www.profitguide.com/microsite/profit500/2013?utm_source=EmailMarketing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Profit_Newsletter

We were featured on Eastlink TV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3r9ST1OB00w

And on ATV Live at 5 News: http://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1048571&binId=1.1145463&playlistPageNum=1

Plus, we were named Taste of Nova Scotia Producer of the Year: http://tasteofnovascotia.com/taste-of-nova-scotia-honours-culinary-excellence-and-innovation/, http://youtu.be/3A-sj5JvIFo

Our sincere thanks for your interest and support. If you are ever in Lunenburg, drop in for a visit!