September 29, 2020


Olymel to expand Canadian poultry plant


Canadian pork and poultry processor Olymel is to invest CAD31.5 million (US$23.5 million) in expanding one of its plants, just-food reported.


The company, part of the Solio Cooperative Group, plans to expand its poultry slaughtering and cutting facility in St-Damase, Montérégie to "diversify operations and add new activities".


The investment includes additional cutting, deboning and tray packing lines, and new high-capacity equipment. The expansion project, which is expected to be completed in a year, will add 3,270 square metres to the current plant area.


Réjean Nadeau, president and CEO of Olymel, says, "By acquiring the space and equipment needed to pre-package products directly at the plant, Olymel will be able to better serve clients who require large volumes of pre-packaged poultry products for their needs.


Olymel will thus bring operations that used to take place externally in-house, enabling it to reduce product handling and transportation time, and have better control over quality, order management and logistics."


About 80 new jobs are expected to be added, bringing the total headcount at the facility to almost 500.


With the latest investment, Olymel has spent nearly CAD60 million in recent years to modernise and expand its poultry processing plant in St-Damase.