Ducking the trend, Brome Lake Ducks makes $30 million investment
By Canadian Packaging staffGeneral Brome Lake Ducks
Duck breeder and processor acquires new facility and investing in additional infrastructure with plan to double production by 2020.
TOWN OF BROME LAKE, QC—Brome Lake Ducks Ltd. (Canard Lac Brome Ltd.), market leader and oldest farm in Canada specializing in the breeding of Pekin duck, has acquired the former Viande Laroche beef plant in the municipality of Asbestos, east of Montreal.
The $30 million investment also includes the construction a new hatchery and of a new livestock buildings in the region of Brome Lake which will allow it to double its annual production from two million to four million ducks by 2020 and create over 150 new jobs over the next few years.
“Our new processing plant, will occupy 51,000 square feet and will not only permit to consolidate the leadership of Brome Lake Ducks on its markets, but also ensures its growth and competitiveness by producing the quantities needed to meet the local and international demand,” says Brome Lake Ducks president and chief operating officer Claude Trottier.
Located on the western shore of Brome Lake, the Quebec-based company is one of the region’s most dynamic economic drivers and amongst the largest employers, with over 200 employees. Its output has increased eightfold, from 500,000 birds in 1990 to a yearly production that surpasses two million ducks which are shipped to customers from Quebec across Canada, Asia, South America and the U.S.
The labour increase will see 100 new employees added over the next few months, with approximately 50 more within the next few years.
“The high-level equipment and cutting-edge technology that we find here will allow us to increase our production by more than 500,000 ducks per year while maintaining the high quality of our products that has become our trademark,” adds Brome Lake Ducks chairman of the board Mario Côté.
Always concerned about the health and welfare of its ducks, Brome Lake Ducks meets stringent standards with regards to biosecurity and safety.
”All of our expansion project take into account the highest standards with regards to animal health and welfare, and I can assure you that our new processing plant in Asbestos will not be exception to this rule,” concludes Côté.
About Brome Lake Ducks
Brome Lake Ducks has been specializing in the breeding of Pekin duck since its establishment in 1912. Its diverse product line includes raw products as well as several processed products such as rendered duck fat, duck sausage, candied duck thigh, rillette and many others. Located in the Eastern Townships, Brome Lake Ducks serves a domestic as well as an international clientele. With the constant concern to offer the highest quality that made it famous, Brome Lake Ducks has always innovated to develop products that allow it to seek new customers and develop new markets. For more information, visit www.canardsdulacbrome.com.