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Workers in the JBS beef plant at Brooks shown in a 2018 corporate video.

Is there a better way? How COVID-19 might transform packing plants

The pandemic has demonstrated the need for change, but that won’t be an easy or cheap process, say experts

It’s become a nightmare scenario. Thousands of workers at meat-packing facilities across North America, including Alberta’s three beef plants, have contracted COVID-19 — and the resulting closures and production slowdowns have created a crisis for livestock producers. But is there any way out? “This will renew calls for more packing capacity in Canada,” said Mike […] Read more

La Coop fédérée expands Prairie footprint

Quebec’s La Coop fédérée is expanding its presence on the Prairies. The agri-food co-op is acquiring Standard Nutrition Canada. The co-op already has a presence in the West in swine production and pork processing through its Olymel and Olysky divisions. Acquiring Standard Nutrition USA’s Canadian division gives it a premix facility, warehouse and retail store […] Read more


New Harmony Beef plant ramping up

Nearly a year after Harmony Beef slaughtered its first cow, the plant is now processing 360 head a day, says the company’s director of marketing. Canada is its primary market at present, and Costco is the packer’s largest customer, said Cam Daniels. It has also started selling to the U.S., made its first shipment to […] Read more