Sofina Foods to Convert Former Great Lakes Hog Plant to Turkey Processing

Sofina Foods Inc. has announced plans to turn the former Great Lakes Specialty Meats hog processing plant in Mitchell, Ontario into a turkey processing operation.

The Markham-based company acquired the property in September 2014 after Great Lakes entered receivership. According to court documents, a net $4.77 million was paid for the site, which includes a 78,000 square foot meat processing facility and 12 acres of land.

“The Mitchell facility provides Sofina Foods with the ability to provide fresh turkey to our further processing operations in London and Brampton, confirms our commitment to the Ontario turkey industry, and Ontario turkey farmers. This is the largest single investment in the Canadian turkey industry in over 25 years,” said Jeff McDowell, Vice President, Poultry Value Chain for Sofina Foods, in a news release.

An official start date has not been announced, but the company anticipates commissioning the facility before the end of 2015.

Sofina already operates 18 processing facilities (17 in Canada and one in the U.S,) as well as three hatcheries. The company’s brands include Lilydale, Janes, Mastro, San Daniele, Fearmans Pork, Fletcher’s, Vienna, Quality Meats, San Benedetto, Lavazza and Rio Mare.

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