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"The addition
of this new
cold storage
is a key
component of
our growth
strategy and
is perfectly
tailored to
meet our
current needs,
as well as
future plans."


Mississauga, Ontario-based Maple Leaf
Foods will expand production through an
agreement to acquire two poultry plants and
associated supply from Cericola Farms. The
two facilities, located in Bradford, Ontario, and
Drummondville, Quebec, process about 70.5
million lbs. of chicken a year.
Maple Leaf has also agreed to acquire all
the processed chicken volume from Cericola's
primary processing plant in Schomberg,
Ontario, with an option to acquire the plant in
three years.
"Cericola is a leader in raised without
antibiotics and organic chicken," said Michael
McCain, president and CEO of Maple Leaf.
"This acquisition will build Maple Leaf's market
leadership in these value-added categories and
enable us to meet growing consumer demand."
"Our 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

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Cericola," added Mary Cericola, founder of
Cericola Farms.
Also planning to add production this year
is Smithfield Foods Inc., a subsidiary of WH
Group of China. The company received a
city building permit from Sioux Falls, South
Dakota, for a $12.5 million expansion of its
pork processing plant. According to local
media reports the investment will be used to
build a holding barn addition. Smithfield Foods
employs 3,400 people in the Sioux Falls area.

Tuscaloosa, Alabama-based Peco Foods
announced it will add a new cold storage
facility in West Point, Mississippi. Peco
operates six poultry complexes in Alabama,
Mississippi and Arkansas. It's a leading poultry
supplier to national restaurant chains, regional
foodservice distributors and retail grocers
in addition to international customers. The
company employs more than 6,000 workers
and the $40 million cold storage facility in West

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