Maple Leaf unloads turkeys

Maple Leaf Foods says it has sold its commercial turkey farms to Ernald Enterprises Limited and its breeder farms and hatchery operation to Cuddy Farms Limited.

Maple Leaf’s southern Ontario turkey operations include six breeder farms that supply turkey eggs and poults (day-old turkeys) to domestic and international markets and six commercial farms that supply market-ready live birds its turkey-processing facility in Thamesford, Ontario.

The company said the “vast majority” of the 100-plus employees will transition to Ernald Enterprises and Cuddy Farms.

“Divesting our turkey growing operations will allow us to focus on, and direct capital to, growth and innovation in our valued added turkey processing business,” Maple Leaf president and CEO Michael McCain said in a release.

Cuddy Farms is a leading producer and distributor of commercial turkey eggs and poults in Canada. Ernald Enterprises Ltd. owns 1,200 acres of agricultural land and operates five commercial turkey and chicken growing operations in southern Ontario.

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