Blog: Icy relations
Chris Brook-Carter | 6 August 2004
Newfoundland's Iceberg Vodka Corp – whose base ingredient is water harvested from icebergs - has angered operators who take tourists iceberg spotting. The barrage of gunshots or chainsaws has apparently shocked many tourists as harvesters break icebergs apart from barges and tugboats.
Visitors from around the globe pay to see icebergs up close, and are somewhat horrified to see them pulverised to make vodka.
Although duly licensed, harvesters will now avoid tourists to defuse conflicts between the growing vodka industry and tourism in a region devastated by the demise of the northern cod fishery.
Iceberg Vodka produced CDN$30m worth of vodka last year, and is licensed to harvest up to 500,000 tonnes of iceberg annually, equal to one iceberg. The bergs – quite wonderfully called ‘growlers’ – break off from larger ones and are gathered along Newfoundland’s coast while drifting south from the Arctic through the North Atlantic.
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