Jeff Leal, Canada's minister of agriculture, food and rural affairs, announced this week that Cargill is upgrading its beef processing facility in Guelph, Ont. The Canadian government is investing up to $582,000 (Canadian) towards the installation of Cargill’s $3.5 million (Canadian) value-added protein process, which will convert raw byproduct into a protein-rich animal feed ingredient.
The leading-edge technological upgrades will equip Cargill to produce the protein-rich animal feed on site, creating new opportunities for the business and keeping Ontario's beef industry competitive, the minister said.
“Our food processing sector is a key driver of our economy, and our government is committed to supporting its continued growth. By investing in technology that will support local production, we are helping ensure Cargill’s operations remain viable and provide great jobs for people right here in Guelph,” Leal said.
Local production of the feed will enable Cargill to reduce its outsourcing, making the company more efficient. The new manufacturing capability will also allow the company to decrease its environmental waste.
Cargill Ltd. operates 10 diverse agri-food businesses across the province that employ approximately 3,200 people.
Ontario’s food and beverage processing industry is the largest and most diverse in Canada and the second-largest manufacturing sector, contributing almost $12.1 billion to the province’s gross domestic product.