Calgary, Alta. – Cargill Meat Solutions has received a $3-million grant from the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency toward investing in new technology at its High River processing plant. The grant will be distributed over two years, and comes through the federal/provincial Growing Forward program.
Cargill expects the total cost of upgrading the facility will be $42 million. As well as adding new technology, the upgrade will include measures to improve food safety, efficiency and operating costs. According to the agency, the upgrades will also help Cargill meet changing requirements for export shipping, allowing it to potentially triple its beef exports to Asia.
“The project, coupled with Alberta’s large volume of age-verified cattle, will result in improved logistics to export markets,” says Scott Entz, general manager for Cargill Meat Solutions. “We are committed to helping increase access of Alberta beef to Asia.”
The Growing Forward initiative is mandated to invest $273 million in Alberta’s agriculture industry by 2013.