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Cargill to expand and upgrade beef plant in Guelph

By Canadian Packaging staff   

General Cargill Inc. Cargill Limited OMAFRA Ontario Ministry Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs

Province of Ontario contributes some money to help Cargill enhance productivity and competitiveness at Guelph facility.

Cargill will spend $3.5 million to expand and upgrade its beef facility in Guelph, Ont. where it processes 1,500 head of cattle each day.

Ontario minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Jeff Leal announced that the province will contribute $582,000 to the expansion project, saying that it will help Ontario remain competitive, while also helping Cargill maintain the 1,600 jobs at the plant.

“Our food processing sector is a key driver of our economy and our government is committed to supporting its continued growth. By investing in technology that will support local production, we are helping ensure Cargill’s operations remain viable and provide great jobs for people right here in Guelph,” says Leal.

Ontario’s food and beverage processing industry is the largest in Canada, and is the second-largest in the manufacturing sector, contributing almost $12.1 billion to the province’s Gross Domestic Product.

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Cargill is expected to install value-added protein process technology at the facility that will allow for the manufacture of protein-rich animal feeds, while also reducing the plant’s impact on the local environment.

“This new installation is an example of Cargill’s commitment to nourish people, animals and the planet in a sustainable way. We are reducing our environmental footprint as a result of fewer emissions from transportation, retaining jobs in Guelph and improving efficiencies in Ontario’s beef supply chain. We greatly appreciate the commitment the province has shown in this investment partnership,” notes Cargill Protein’s Guelph beef processing facility general manager Matt Gibney.

Local production of the feed will help Cargill reduce costs from outsourcing, making it more efficient.

No timetable for completion of the expansion/upgrade was detailed.

Headquartered in Winnipeg, Cargill Limited is one of Canada’s largest international agricultural companies. Established in 1928, it currently employs approximately 6,000 across Canada with sales of $3.5 billion. In Ontario, the company operates 10 diverse agri-food businesses, employing approximately 3,200 people. Parent company Cargill, is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn. Company information at www.cargill.ca.

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