Maple Leaf Foods' officials report that the company will close its hog-slaughtering plant in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, on June 1. The plant was set to close, but the June date is earlier the previously noted.
While the new date has caught Canadian pork producers off guard, Maple Leaf is offering them long-term contracts to ship their animals to the company's Brandon, Manitoba, plant. As part of the offer, Maple Leaf is including premiums to offset hiked transportation costs.
Late October, company officials said the aging plant would be closed within the next three years as part of a strategy to set up Brandon slaughter facility with a double shift. That timeline was further updated In November, when Maple Leaf announced the Saskatoon plant would close within 12 to 18 months.
Closing the Saskatchewan plant has presented challenges to pork producers as most will now have to deliver hogs to Maple Leaf's Brandon facility or to an Olymel plant in Red Deer, Alberta.
Source: Maple Leaf Foods, Meatingplace.com