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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

No Prairie farm fuel shortages expected in pandemic

Continuity plans in place to keep fuel moving

Prairie farmers shouldn’t see a disruption to their farm fuel distribution as a result of COVID-19 safety measures. “Our members are committed to minimizing disruptions to the Canadian fuel supply as a result of the pandemic response,” Canadian Fuels Association spokesperson Jason Vaillant said in an email. “Our members are working tirelessly to maintain operations […] Read more


Federated Co-op to close Calgary distribution centre

The main supply outlet for Co-op grocery stores in southern Alberta and British Columbia is set to close in April as one of its main users takes its business elsewhere. Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) announced Thursday it will close its Calgary food distribution centre in April, a decision it said will eliminate just over 200 […] Read more

Calgary to step out of Federated Co-op grocery system

Calgary Co-op’s grocery business plans to get all its goods from suppliers other than Federated Co-operatives (FCL) starting in April next year. Saskatoon-based FCL said Thursday it had received notice from Calgary Co-operative Association that it would “discontinue the procurement of all products for their grocery stores from FCL” at that time. The Saskatoon StarPhoenix […] Read more



Co-op Feeds to shut two Prairie plants, sell another

In the face of “industry challenges,” Federated Co-operatives’ livestock feed manufacturing division plans to pull its operations from six plants down into three. Saskatoon-based Federated Co-op announced Monday it will consolidate its production of bulk and bagged cattle, horse, sheep and poultry feed into three of its existing plants, at Calgary, Saskatoon and Moosomin, Sask. […] Read more


The scale of Federated Co-operatives’ new fertilizer terminal at Grassy Lake can be seen from the eight long, thin objects in this depiction. They’re Super B trailers and the co-op says it will be able to load one faster than Lynyrd Skynyrd can play ‘Free Bird.’

Co-op goes big — and fast — with new fertilizer terminal

The new $42-million facility at Grassy Lake will have a loop track and lightning-quick loading

The tiny hamlet of Grassy Lake will soon be home to a very large fertilizer terminal. The $41.8-million Federated Co-operatives facility will not only be big — with a storage capacity of more than 34,000 tonnes — but also fast. It will have a loop track that will be able to continuously unload a 110-car […] Read more

Community Spaces Program accepting applications

Federated Co-operatives is accepting applications for its Co-op Community Spaces Program. The program offers grants for capital funding of between $25,000 and $150,000 per project. Since its launch in 2015, Community Spaces Program has provided $6.5 million to 88 projects. In Alberta, these include grants for a soccer park in Vegreville; an upgrade to the […] Read more


Co-op moves up timetable for scholarship program

Prairie students planning careers in agriculture or agribusiness now have an earlier deadline to seek funding support through the Co-op Excellence in Ag program. Excellence in Ag, Federated Co-operatives’ (FCL) multi-year scholarship and summer internship program, previously had a Jan. 31 deadline, but for the 2016 round, the application deadline will be Oct. 15 this […] Read more