April 25, 2019 - Breslau, Ontario - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, and Raj Saini, Member
of Parliament (Kitchener Centre), announced a repayable contribution of up to $10
million to Conestoga Meats under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, AgriInnovate
program while visiting the facility today in southwestern Ontario. This funding
will increase the Canadian pork industry's productivity, helping the sector to meet
growing domestic and global demands for their high-quality, sustainable products.
The investment will help the company upgrade its facilities and install a state-of-the
art cooling system. This unique, custom built system will allow for more controlled
temperature reduction. The technology will also reduce processing time and improve
product shelf life for fresh pork. These improvements will help increase production
and significantly expand export opportunities in Japan and across Asia. Exporting
to these areas requires advance capabilities to improve shelf life for chilled pork.
"Our government is proud to be working with the Canadian pork industry to build
a stronger, more innovative sector. This investment will help the pork sector increase
its productivity and capacity to meet growing consumer demand, as well as improve
on-farm safety, while fostering continued economic growth and create jobs for our
middle-class." Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
"Our government is committed to supporting innovative ideas that help increase production
in the agri-food sector to meet growing export needs. This investment demonstrates
this commitment, and allows us to grow our economy while creating good, well-paying
jobs for people across Canada and in the Waterloo Region community." MP Raj Saini,
"Conestoga Meats and its farmer-owners are very appreciative of the interest free
loan that the Government of Canada is making to our business. This is helping us
enhance our production capabilities which will allow Conestoga to export more product
and create additional jobs in our community." Arnold Drung, President of Conestoga
- In 2018, Canada's pork sector exports were valued at $4 billion, making Canada a
top-three exporter of pork in the world.
- The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is a five-year, $3 billion investment by federal,
provincial and territorial governments to strengthen the agriculture and agri-food
- This investment was made under the AgriInnovate Program, a five-year (2018-2023),
up to $128 million initiative under the new Canadian Agricultural Partnership that
aims to accelerate commercialization, adoption and/or demonstration of innovative
agri-based products, technologies, processes or services that increase agri-sector
competitiveness and sustainability.
- Conestoga Meats is a southwestern Ontario pork processing facility that produces,
processes and packages fresh, chilled and frozen pork products. Conestoga Meats
is well established in both domestic and international markets, with $450 million
in sales for 2017. Conestoga Meats is the second largest pork processor in Ontario
and Canada's fifth largest pork packer.