Processing Magazine

Maple Lodge Farms Plans $46 Million Poultry Plant

July 15, 2010
The Canadian Press reports a $46-million poultry processing plant is planned for the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia. The Kentville plant will be jointly owned by Maple Lodge Farms and farmers from Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. Maple Lodge chief executive Michael Burrows says the operation will ensure the long-term viability of the poultry processing industry in Nova Scotia. The farmers are making a commitment to ship their birds to the new plant and Maple Lodge will provide national marketing for the processed product. The new plant in the Kentville Industrial Park is expected to be up and running by the spring of 2012. The facility will process chickens and turkeys. The need for a new plant resulted from the closure of the Maple Leaf Foods plant in Canard, N.S., in 2007. The closure left about 45 percent of the provinces'' chicken farmers without a processing plant.