Olymel and Big Sky withdraw from new live pig production units
Quebec-headquartered Olymel and Big Sky Farms,
Humboldt, have withdrawn from the C$200 million (US$174 million) pork processing
The withdrawal of two of Canada's
largest pork processors has been largely due, according to a Canadian Press
report, to Manitoba's ban on the construction of new live pig facilities. The
plant was planned to be constructed in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Big Sky vice president corporate
development, Phil Dykstra, said: "Regrettably we have lost confidence in the
Manitoba government's commitment to this project and therefore have withdrawn
from further participation in this project. With the moratorium our concern is
around the timing.â€
According to Olymel president,
Rejean Nadeau, Olymel has decided to "devote all our energy to the restructuring
currently underway in Quebec, which has been hit by a serious crisis in the hog
industry," adding that Olymel has embarked on a consolidation programme with its
Quebec partners in order to find lasting solutions to the problems.
â€œIt is a decision that creates
uncertainty about future hog supplies and usage levels of the future OlyWest
plant,â€ he said, also saying that Manitoba's decision to impose a moratorium on
pork production is a cause for concern.
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