A Charlottetown-based food producer has won a contest that will see its flagship honey product head into space.

Honibe's Honey Drop will be among 12 new innovative Canadian foods accompanying astronauts into space later this year.


The Honibe Honey Drop will be launched into space later this year. (Kevin Yarr/CBC)

John Rowe, president of Island Abbey Foods, which produces the Honey Drop, said the pure-honey lozenge was entered as part of a contest called Canadian Snacks for Space.

Canadians nominated 150 foods from across the country for the Canadian Space Agency competition.

'The astronauts…hopefully will think the taste is out of this world.'  —John Rowe, Island Abbey Foods

Rowe is hoping this universal exposure will rocket his Honey Drop product to even bigger and better things.

"We're hoping that it becomes a staple and it's not just a one-shot deal," said Rowe.

"Of course the astronauts have the final say and they're the ones who hopefully will think the taste is out of this world."

Rowe said what makes this event particularly sweet is that Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield is leading the mission to the International Space Station.

Honibe is a perfect fit for a space mission because it is a food that never expires.