Maple Leaf Foods is purchasing a pair of poultry plants and associated supply from privately-owned Cericola Farms.
The Cericola plants, at Bradford, Ont. and Drummondville, Que., together process about 32 million kg of chicken per year.
Maple Leaf has also entered into an agreement to secure 100 per cent of the processed chicken volume from Cericola’s primary processing plant located in Schomberg, Ont., and holds an option to acquire this asset and associated plant supply in three years.
“Cericola is a leader in raised without antibiotics and organic chicken. This acquisition will build Maple Leaf’s market leadership in these value-added categories and enable us to meet growing consumer demand,” Maple Leaf CEO Michael McCain said in a release.
Cericola Farms’ founder Mary Cericola said the company’s vision over the past 60 years “has been to provide wholesome and natural poultry products to our customers. It is this tradition of excellence that aligns Maple Leaf and Cericola.”
Maple Leaf said the acquisition provides the company with additional supply and value-added processing capability to advance its leadership in higher value categories.
Maple Leaf Foods has transitioned most of its flagship Maple Leaf Prime chicken brand to Prime RWA, where the Canadian market is growing at about 25 per cent annually.
Chicken is the most consumed and fastest growing meat protein segment in North America. Cericola specializes in air-chilled processing of antibiotic-free and animal byproduct-free (“AABF”) and organic poultry products.
The deal is to be financed through a combination of cash-on-hand and drawings under the existing credit facility. The deal is expected to close in August, subject to normal closing requirements including Competition Bureau review.
Tri-Mach Goes RED
June 8, 2018
Today, Tri-Mach Group wears RED to show support and participate in RED Day.
What is RED Day?
St. Mary’s Red DAY fundraiser is an opportunity to come together as a community to raise awareness of heart disease as a serious health risk and how it can be prevented. According to the Regional Cardiac Centre, heart disease is the leading cause of death among Canadian women. Every year, heart disease claims the lives of roughly 25,000 women. This is more than the five most prevalent cancers combined. Tri-Mach Group is proud to be part of the RED Day community and is thrilled in the increased RED Day investment for the St. Mary’s Regional Cardiac Care Centre.
Show your support today and wear RED for the heart of the women you love! #RedDayFriday
College Park, Md. – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have agreed to collaborate.
The two agencies announced in a press release that they “have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will facilitate the sharing of food safety information and data, and enable collaborative research projects.”
Paul Mayers, vice-president of the Science Branch of the CFIA, says in the statement that the two countries already share a strong tie, which “allows us to work together to find innovative and cooperative ways to share information and data in respect to food safety. This collaborative approach to information sharing builds on our individual strengths while expanding our combined knowledge.”
The purpose of the MOU, which was signed at the FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition campus, is to help both countries collaborate on food safety science.
The MOU is expected to give scientists on both sides of the border access to greater food safety information and data, which will bolster innovation and advance research.
Tri-Mach Group is attending Pack Expo International 2014!
From November 2-5, we’ll be attending Pack Expo International in Chicago, Illinois! This is a terrific opportunity to learn about advancements in the processing and packaging industries, and meet international industry leaders. If you’re attending, we look forward to meeting you!
If you haven’t registered yet, the link for attendees is still open here.
Mettler-Toledo Garvens has introduced a checkweigher so food manufacturers can achieve higher throughput rates and future-proof production lines. The C3000 System, a modular platform available in different configurations, increases the safety of the production processes and ensures high throughput rates as manufacturers face increasing demands on line efficiency, claims the firm.
A food-grade variant, the CM3530, combines a checkweigher with Safeline Profile metal detection technology – ensuring products have the correct weight and are free from ferrous and non-ferrous metal contaminants. The CM3530 features a password-protected collection container, meaning it can only be opened by authorised personnel. Frank Hamann, global product development manager, said the trend or purchasing decision on the product inspection equipment depends upon a manufacturers’ HACCP audit and internal quality process.
The majority of manufacturers in food currently weigh applications at speeds up to 300 packs per minute, said Hamann. Mettler-Toledo’s C3000 System covers a calibratable weighing range of 3 grams to 10 kilograms and checks up to 600 products per minute.
The system uses multiple rejection options to reject items of an incorrect weight, in different types and sizes of packaging, according to their consistency. The platform also has an integrated rejection check that inspects the production line in the area of the sorting equipment to ensure that products which should be rejected are successfully separated. They can then be checked manually. If the product does meet the weight requirements, it can be returned to the production process. This minimises rejects and increases productivity on the production lines. The optional collection container, which is electromechanically locked, provides additional safety.