Land O'Lakes Inc.

Land O'Lakes Inc.

July 21, 2005 15:10 ET

FS Partners and Land O'Lakes Feed Announce Manufacturing Agreement

GUELPH, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - July 21, 2005) - Affirming their strong commitment to Ontario livestock agriculture, Land O'Lakes Feed, Inland Co-operative, and FS Partners G. P. announce a new manufacturing, transportation and field service agreement. This agreement is designed to provide a more efficient, more competitive and more streamlined feed production and marketing organization for Ontario livestock producers who choose Land O'Lakes brand feeds and services.

As one step in the new arrangements, Land O'Lakes will integrate the Inland Cooperative feed mill and feed trucks at Mitchell into a larger, more effective manufacturing and distribution system. Ontario livestock producers, local cooperatives and Country Depots can expect to see continued excellent service, the highest standards in feed manufacturing and competitive pricing.

"Ontario's livestock producers, cooperatives and franchised suppliers will see a more competitive feed system" said Jim Wadleigh, General Manager, Ontario Feed, Land O'Lakes Inc., "combining Land O'Lakes leading commitment to innovation, economies of scale and support of local business with the community presence and support of local co-operatives and franchised dealers in Ontario."

"This change has been well- discussed by stakeholders in the cooperative feed system, from the farmers who are board members at local cooperatives to the seasoned Land O' Lakes manufacturing and service team who make us proud every day with their dedication to quality and service" said Wadleigh.

Jaye Atkins, CEO of Inland Cooperative, noted that "this change will not only strengthen the Ontario cooperative feed system, but will also provide our feed customers with a long term commitment from a strong partner, and a platform for locally managed growth in this changing market."

The transition process has begun, with full implementation September 1, 2005.

Contact Information

  • Land O'Lakes Inc.
    Jim Wadleigh
    (519) 821 2333, extension 230
    Land O'Lakes Inc.
    Jaye Atkins
    (519) 895 5301