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Olymel to close Red Deer hog plant against COVID-19

Hog deliveries suspended 'until further notice'

Meat packer Olymel plans to temporarily close its hog slaughter and pork processing plant at Red Deer, Alta., winding down that facility’s operations starting this week against a rapidly spreading COVID-19 outbreak among workers. The plant, one of Canada’s largest by slaughter capacity at over 45,000 hogs per week, has notified its hog suppliers and […] Read more

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La Coop federee set to go full Sollio

After gently getting the Canadian public used to the idea, one of the biggest agricultural co-operatives in the world is set to make its rebranding official. La Coop federee announced Monday it will officially present Sollio Cooperative Group as its “new identity” on Thursday during the organization’s annual general meeting in Montreal. The co-operative, ranked […] Read more


Martyn Donnelly, regional manager, livestock production, Atlantic Canada; Judy Cairns, accounting manager, finance; and David Ross, sales manager, livestock production (l-r) mark the rebranding of their division as Sollio Agriculture outside their Moncton office. (Photo courtesy Sollio Agriculture)

Atlantic Farm Services takes sister firm’s new name

Corrected, Dec. 6, 2019 — The former ag retail distribution and feed milling businesses of Co-op Atlantic are set to take the new name of their sister company. Sollio Agriculture, the agribusiness arm of Quebec-based La Coop federee, announced Monday its Atlantic Farm Services business is officially rebranding with the Sollio Agriculture trademark, which La […] Read more

F. Menard’s retail butcher shop at Ange-Gardien underwent a major renovation in July 2018. (FMenard.com)

Olymel, Sollio to take up F. Menard pork, feed businesses

The meat packing and ag input retail arms of Quebec’s La Coop federee are about to take a much longer reach in their home province. The agrifood co-operative announced Tuesday its Olymel and Sollio Agriculture businesses have an agreement in place to buy the hog breeding, pork slaughter and packing, grain sourcing and feed milling […] Read more


Cargill’s ag input centre at Harrow, Ont., will need to find a new owner under order from federal regulators. (VisitHarrow.ca)

La Coop federee’s Ontario grain play cleared

La Coop federee’s plans to expand into southern Ontario’s grain handling and crop input retail sectors are now down by four retail sites. The federal Competition Bureau said Tuesday it has an agreement in place for its approval of a deal which will see Cargill’s Ontario grain and ag retail outlets and its joint-venture stake […] Read more

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La Coop federee to rebrand agribusiness arm

Crop and livestock producers dealing with the agribusiness division of Quebec’s La Coop federee can expect to see a new name in the game early next year. La Coop announced Sept. 25 it will change the name of the division — which today operates under the Elite and La Coop brand names — to Sollio […] Read more