Canada's Economic Action Plan

Canada's Economic Action Plan

February 14, 2011 15:03 ET

Canada's Economic Action Plan Beefs up Ontario Meat Processing Facility

ST. JACOBS, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 14, 2011) - Canada's Economic Action Plan is delivering real results for Ontario meat processors. Member of Parliament Harold Albrecht (Kitchener-Conestoga) announced today, an investment of more than $77,000 to Heidelberg Foods Ltd. to improve its meat processing equipment.

"Canada's Economic Action Plan continues to help Ontario processors increase productivity and sales," said MP Albrecht, on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. "This investment enables Heidelberg Foods Ltd. to produce more safe, high-quality foods for Canadians, making the industry more profitable and competitive."

This repayable contribution was used by Heidelberg Foods Ltd. to purchase and install an automatic de-linking machine, a chill cooler unit and a blast freezer unit, allowing the company to meet the quick chilling CFIA requirements for its uncured meat products. These improvements are expected to result in an increase in the annual demand for pork, beef and turkey and the creation of new jobs for the people of Ontario.

"Good news spreads fast," Steve Caron, General Manager of Heidelberg Foods Ltd. added. "Since becoming a Federally Registered Facility in 2007 and subsequently removing allergens from our products, we've enjoyed a significant increase in demand for the Noah Martin Brand products, particularly the meat snacks. The equipment purchased as a result of the monies received from the Economic Action Plan will give our St Jacobs plant the much needed extra capacity to meet projected growth - not only in shelf stable meats – but, also in our whole muscle hams, turkeys and roast beef."

This investment is being delivered by the AgriFlexibility Fund through the AgriProcessing Initiative, a five-year, up to $50 million initiative designed to enhance the competitiveness of the agri-processing sector in Canada. It provides support to existing companies for projects that involve the adoption of innovative and new-to-company manufacturing technologies and processes that are essential to sustaining and improving the sector's position in today's global marketplace. For more information on this program visit www.agr.gc.ca/api.

Canada's Economic Action Plan continues to help farmers with its focus on strengthening the economy and creating jobs. Investments in viable market opportunities will help build an even stronger agriculture industry and Canadian economy. For more information on Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Media Relations
    613-773-7972
    1-866-345-7972
    or
    The Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
    Meagan Murdoch
    Press Secretary
    613-773-1059