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Co-op Refinery, union reach tentative labour deal

Proposal now goes to ratification vote

The operators of one of Western Canada’s biggest fuel refineries have reached a tentative deal with the union representing workers locked out since December. The deal, if ratified in an employee vote, would end the lockout at Federated Co-operatives’ (FCL) Co-op Refinery Complex (CRC), a major bulk fuel supplier to farmers and rural co-ops across […] Read more

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Only Alberta beef at Calgary Co-op stores

Reading Time: < 1 minute All of Calgary Co-op’s food stores will be exclusively stocking and selling fresh Alberta beef. The “Only Alberta Beef” commitment marks the first time a major grocery retailer in the Calgary area is promising only locally produced fresh beef to its members. The co-op is partnering with JBS Canada in Brooks to ensure all of […] Read more

Sobeys now offers Island View beef as the “primary” beef brand in the 13 stores it supplies across Prince Edward Island. (CNW Group/Sobeys Atlantic)

Sobeys locks in Atlantic Beef for P.E.I. stores

Prince Edward Island’s long-beleaguered packing plant, Atlantic Beef Products, has now ramped up its slaughter and processing capacity to meet a new commitment from grocery chain Sobeys. The Nova Scotia-based grocery chain on Tuesday announced ABP’s Island View Farms is now the “primary” brand for beef sold at the five Sobeys, five Co-op and three […] Read more

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Co-op model a winner for Edson foresters

By banding together, co-op members have achieved the holy grail of a guaranteed wood supply

Reading Time: 3 minutes Logging and sawmilling to supplement either a grain or cattle farm income has deep roots in Alberta. A group of Edson-area farmers has taken that model to a new level with the formation of a timber-based co-operative that provides them with what is often described as the holy grail of a supplemental farm income — […] Read more