Manitoba-based Granny’s Poultry is embarking on a $37-million plant expansion and renovation, which is expected to allow the company to grow its business and purchase new equipment for processing, chilling, packaging and grading poultry, as well as improving production efficiency.
Granny’s is a producer-owned poultry processing company that distributes fresh and frozen Manitoba chicken and turkey across the country. It’s one of the largest food processors in Manitoba.
The governments of Canada and Manitoba are investing $2.5 million in funding to help with the expansion.
Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development Minister Ron Kostyshyn noted that this investment also supports the Manitoba government’s goal of creating a $5.5-billion annual food processing industry by 2022, which is currently valued at $4.95 billion.
“This investment will go a long way to grow food processing and the poultry sector here in Manitoba,” he says. “Strategic investments provide good jobs, and position local companies for long-term success.”
Granny’s Poultry currently represents 188 producer-member owners who supply the company with hatching eggs, chickens and turkeys. The company is the sole processor of turkeys in the province and employs approximately 500 Manitobans, supporting the livelihood of poultry producers, breeders and hatcheries.
“This investment ensures our farmer-owners have a viable processor to buy their production long term. It also demonstrates the commitment that our farmer-owners have to the Manitoba poultry industry and to providing quality poultry products to consumers across Canada,” says Barclay Uruski, chairman for Granny’s Poultry.