Maple Leaf Foods to Construct World-Class Value-Added Poultry Facility in London, Ontario
Historic investment to help meet growing demand and strengthen competitiveness of Canadian poultry sector
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November 27, 2018
Elgin-Middlesex-London—Today, Maple Leaf Foods announced plans to build a $660 million value-added fresh poultry facility in London, Ontario. The new 640,000 sq. ft. facility will be one of the most technologically advanced poultry-processing plants in the world, with the highest standards for sustainability, food safety and animal welfare. New technology includes advanced end-to-end process controls, predictive food safety and production analytics, high yield filleting, air chilling systems, heat and water conservation, emissions control, controlled atmosphere stunning and remote video auditing. This new plant will boost productivity, preserve jobs in Ontario.
“It is a pleasure to attend this Maple Leaf Foods announcement of a $660-million poultry facility in this community. I am proud to welcome this great news for Southwestern Ontario,” said Jeff Yurek, MPP for Elgin-Middlesex-London. “This shows that Ontario is open for business. I want to thank Maple Leaf Foods for continuing to invest in our great province and in Elgin-Middlesex-London.”
Funding for the project includes an investment of approximately $605 million from Maple Leaf Foods, and a $34.5 million contribution from the Province of Ontario. Maple Leaf will also invest a further $5 million over the next five years on projects that support the Company’s goal to reduce its environmental footprint by 50% by 2025.
“This is the largest investment in the history of Ontario’s agriculture sector, it demonstrates industry confidence in our growing economy, and it’s another example of how we’re making Ontario open for business,” said Premier Doug Ford. “It’s great to see a company like Maple Leaf investing here in London. This innovative new plant will modernize processing and help make Ontario’s chicken farmers more competitive.”
Chicken is the most consumed and fastest growing meat protein in Canada, offering versatility, nutrition, and a lower environmental footprint. There is particularly high demand for raised without antibiotics and halal chicken products, where Maple Leaf has the leading national brands. This scale facility will address constraints in Maple Leaf’s current Ontario network, enhance operating efficiencies, and expand its value-added product mix and capacity to meet growing consumer demand.
“Ontario is open for business, and that includes our dynamic food processing sector,” said Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “Maple Leaf Foods’ new state-of-the-art facility in London will boost production, which will positively impact Ontario’s chicken farmers and meet growing consumer demand for premium poultry products made in Canada.”