Western Economic Diversification Canada

Western Economic Diversification Canada

March 18, 2015 16:30 ET

Harper Government Support Increases Access to Global Markets for Canadian Lamb Producers

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwired - March 18, 2015) - Western Economic Diversification Canada

The Canadian Lamb Producers Cooperative (CLPC) will be able to develop and implement an export plan for western Canadian lamb producers thanks to a $784,500 investment announced today by the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification. The investment will increase western Canadian lamb producers' ability to export an assortment of unique, value-added products.

Building on previous federal investments to establish a product grading system; CLPC will develop export focused marketing and food packaging materials and build a target list of up to 500 international retail and food service customers and 5-10 international food distributors.

This investment will give CLPC and western Canadian lamb producers the opportunity to develop international trade contacts and partnerships, develop distribution networks in international markets and participate in the global supply chain of value added and protein products.

Quick Facts

  • The Canadian produced value-added lamb products will be the first products of this kind in North America, Europe, the Mid-East and the Far East that are export ready.
  • International trade in value-added lamb products is almost non-existent, as the primary lamb exporters (New Zealand and Australia) focus on the export of carcasses and products with minimal processing.
  • As of July 31, 2014, CLPC has 125 members; including membership from all four western provinces.

Quotes

"Our Government is pleased to invest in increasing export market access for the western Canadian lamb industry. By further strengthening this industry, we are helping producers create economic growth and long-term prosperity."

  • Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification

"This investment in an export program will help to establish Canada as the international leader in the export of value-added lamb products."

  • Terry Ackerman, CEO, Canadian Lamb Producers Cooperative

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Contact Information

  • Emily Goucher
    Office of the Minister
    Western Economic Diversification Canada
    613-954-8097
    emily.goucher@wd-deo.gc.ca

    Gordon Schroeder
    Member Relations Manager
    Canadian Lamb Producers Cooperative
    Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
    306-933-7166
    Schroeder@cdnlamb.com

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