Berwick, N.S. – Eden Valley Poultry, a new poultry processing company, is acquiring Maple Leaf Foods’ Berwick, N.S. prepared meat plant.
Maple Leaf announced last fall that the facility would close at the end of April, but made a commitment to find an alternate use for the plant that would leverage its existing benefits.
Eden Valley Poultry is made up of United Poultry Producers Inc., which represents a group of producers in Nova Scotia and P.E.I., and Brampton, Ont.-based Maple Lodge Holding Corp., Canada’s largest private poultry processor. While the value of the transaction was not disclosed, it is expected to close May 13.
When Maple Leaf closes the plant, the new owners intend to decommission it and begin reconstruction and retrofitting. It is expected to be operational by the summer of 2012, and should process more than 40 million kg of poultry per year and employ about 200 people.