Pork groups seek a new deal

Alberta Pork and its sister organization in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and B.C. are asking Maple Leaf Foods, Olymel and Donald’s Fine Foods to work with them on a new “value-sharing model” that boosts prices for producers.

In a letter to the three large pork buyers, the farm groups say “the normal economic principles of supply and demand are not working.” The letter says buyers need to have reliable supply but without a reasonable return, producers won’t want to continue raising pigs.

“For too long the producer and packer have been at odds with each other and it has created an unmanageable and antagonistic relationship that is weakening the industry as well as the brand in the global marketplace,” the letter states.

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