All of Charlottetown’s NOFG pork processing plant, from the cutting equipment right down to the workboots, was sold at auction Saturday except for the building itself, CBC reported Monday.
The Prince Edward Island government had been operating the facility through a receiver but shut it down in late March when no private-sector buyer came forward.
NOFG (Natural Organic Food Group), a Quebec company, had handed the keys over to the P.E.I. government earlier this year, after the province called in its $1.5 million loan to the company.
The facility took hogs from across the Maritime provinces and Quebec and marketed their meat under the PEI Natural, PEI Organic and PEI Omega 3 brands.
CBC quoted Anthony Nabuurs, chairman of P.E.I.’s hog marketing board, as saying the auction dispelled any lingering hopes producers had that a new operator could step in and restart processing at the facility.’
P.E.I. could well see hog processing again someday, just not under current market conditions, he told CBC. “We still have about half our producers or a little more, and actually next year they’re saying things might be good. It’s just a matter of hanging on.”
CBC also reported that the plant’s receiver is inviting offers on the NOFG building.