A group of players in P.E.I.’s meat industry looks to pet food as a new source of revenue
Albany, P.E.I. – Looking for ways to add revenue, a group of players in Atlantic Canada’s meat industry could soon be behind a plan to manufacture canned pet food.
The CBC.ca reports that the group includes the P.E.I. Cattle Producers Association, private interests and a beef processing company called Atlantic Beef Products (ABP).
The group is looking at ways to use all parts of the animals they slaughter. There are currently portions they can’t sell or can’t sell for as much as they would like.
Turning these portions into pet food would create another product and market they could sell.
It would also help a beleaguered industry in the Maritimes.
The JournalPioneer.com reports that ABP would provide a source of product for the pet food.
ABP was incorporated in 2003 and is a federally inspected beef processing facility. Farmers have invested their own money in the plant, along with help from the provincial and federal governments.
ABP would manufacture the pet food and ship it to other parts of the Maritimes.
Bio Food Tech has been in preliminary talks about developing a pet food and would help with the product formulation.
Bio Food Tech, reports the JournalPioneer.com, has a pilot plant where it can help develop ways the pet food could be processed.
CBC.ca reports that the group behind the pet food idea has applied for a grant through the P.E.I. ADAPT Council and says it will know in March if the funding comes through.