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THE DARK TICKLE COMPANY RECOGNIZED AS A LEADER IN TECHNOLOGY BY TOURISM INDUSTRY

 

February 18, 2008 - Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador

The Honourable Loyola Hearn, Minister of Fisheries and
Oceans, is pleased to announce that Stephen and Gwendolyn
Knudsen, owners of The Dark Tickle Company, are the 2008
recipients of the fourth-annual Atlantic Canada
Opportunities Agency (ACOA) Tourism Atlantic Technology
Award in Newfoundland and Labrador. The award was recently
presented in Gander during a luncheon at the Hospitality
Newfoundland and Labrador’s Annual Convention and Tradeshow.


“Tourism plays an important role in strengthening the
economy of Atlantic Canada,” said Minister Hearn, on behalf
of the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National
Defence and Minister of ACOA. “Our Government is proud to
recognize tourism-related operations which are working to
achieve best practices in technology and also promote our
beautiful region.”

The Dark Tickle Company, located in Griquet on
Newfoundland’s Great Northern Peninsula, manufactures jams,
sauces, vinegars, teas, drinks and chocolates from unique
wild berries. Owners Stephen and Gwendolyn Knudsen are well-
known for their hand-picked, carefully processed and
additive-free products. The award recognizes their
commitment to technology by Hospitality Newfoundland and
Labrador, the province’s tourism industry association.

Understanding the need to connect with a global audience,
the Knudsen’s asked their son to create the company’s
website in the late 1990’s. Since that time, the website
has evolved with streamlined e-commerce capabilities.
Thanks to these innovative upgrades, The Dark Tickle
Company now has the ability to export their products
throughout the world.

The Tourism Atlantic Technology Award was created in 2004
to recognize one tourism industry association member in
each of the four Atlantic provinces who exemplifies
innovation, leadership and vision in using technology as a
competitive advantage for their business.

Nominees, who must be members of their respective
provincial tourism industry associations, must also have:
operated their businesses for two years; successfully
demonstrated the basic principle recognized by the award;
and be willing to participate in promoting their
achievements to other operators in Atlantic Canada.
The Government of Canada, through ACOA, continues to
support a pan-Atlantic approach to strengthening our
region’s tourism industry through sound research, product
development, and marketing.

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The Honourable Loyola Hearn, Minister of Fisheries and
Oceans today announced that Stephen and Gwendolyn Knudsen,
owners of The Dark Tickle Company in Griquet on the Great
Northern Peninsula, are the recipients of the fourth-annual
ACOA Tourism Atlantic Technology Award. The award was
presented in Gander today during a luncheon at the
Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador’s Annual Convention
and Tradeshow.

The Knudsen’s were recognized for their innovation,
leadership and vision in using technology as a competitive
advantage for their business, which offers a variety of
food products made from Newfoundland wild berries promoted
and sold internationally via their company’s innovative
website.

INFORMATION:

Jana Parker
ACOA PEI & Tourism
Communications
902-368-0264

Tony Marx
Manager of Government and Industry Relations
Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador
709-722-2224