Berwick’s official slogan is the “Apple Capital of Nova Scotia. Despite the decline of the apple industry since the 1950s, there are still some apple orchards to be found in the surrounding agricultural districts. A large apple sculpture is found in the centre of town to commemorate the importance of this historic industry.
The town functions as a service centre for adjacent areas of Kings County with a number of small retailers, schools and recreation centre. The town has an independent electrical utility which generates 10–15 per cent of its own needs from a hydro generator in Factorydale. In 2015, the Berwick Electric Utility combined with electrical utilities in Mahone Bay and Antigonish to build four-turbine wind farm. The new wind farm known as the Alternative Energy Resource Authority supplies 20% of Berwick’s electricity.