Ontario has three more chicken processors, thanks to policy changes by the Chicken Farmers of Ontario marketing board.
The board rations chicken supplies among processsors which has made it difficult for newcomers interested in serving niche and specialty markets.
The board has responded with a new entrant program.
One of those opening now is Conscious Living Cuisine Processing Ltd. to serve the market for smaller birds. There is keen demand for barbecue businesses serving the Portuguese community.
They have been complaining for well over a year that they can’t get what they want since the processing companies that are entitled to supplies from the marketing board prefer to serve others.
Two others intend to market organic chicken. They are Fenwood Farms and Simcoe Street Meat Packers.
“This announcement further demonstrates the importance of building and implementing supply management policies and programs that can stimulate new industry development and investment, and which can continue to support and nurture the entrepreneurial energies and economic growth ambitions of the Ontario chicken industry,” said Rob Dougans, CFO’s president and chief executive officer.
“Our success continues to depend upon our ability to understand consumers, markets, our food customers and fellow industry-value chain stakeholders, and to ensure that we are responsive to their evolving needs,” said CFO chairman Ed Benjamins.
It's nice to see that the leaders of the marketing board have finally seen the light. Too bad it took so long.