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Maple Leaf Foods closes acquisition of Cericola Farms

Builds market leadership in raised without antibiotics and organic value-added chicken.


October 25, 2018
By Canadian Poultry magazine

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Maple Leaf Foods recently announced the closing of its acquisition of two poultry plants and associated supply from Cericola Farms.

Maple Leaf Foods recently announced the closing of its acquisition of two poultry plants and associated supply from Cericola Farms, a privately held company.

Located in Bradford, Ontario and Drummondville, Quebec, the two plants collectively process approximately 32 million kg of chicken annually.

Maple Leaf has also secured 100 per cent of the processed chicken volume from Cericola’s primary processing plant located in Schomberg, Ont., and holds an option to acquire this asset and associated plant supply in three years.

Cericola specializes in air-chilled processing of antibiotic free and animal by-product free (“AABF”) and organic poultry products.

This acquisition provides Maple Leaf Foods with additional supply and value-added processing capability to advance its leadership in higher value categories.

Maple Leaf Foods has transitioned most of its flagship Maple Leaf Prime chicken brand to Prime RWA, where the Canadian market is growing at approximately 25 per cent annually.