Poultry firm buys processing facility

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A growth-minded Toronto poultry and deli meat further-processing company has made a vertical move with a deal for a federally-inspected Niagara-area poultry slaughter plant.

ADP Direct Poultry announced recently it has purchased Cami International Poultry, a slaughter and processing facility at Welland, Ont., for an undisclosed amount.

“I’ve believed for years that vertical integration was critical to the company’s long-term aspirations,” ADP CEO Augo Pinho, who set up Direct Poultry in 2005 and added Toronto-based Premium Foods in 2013, said in a release.

Cami is billed as one of few primary poultry processors in Ontario with both Canadian Food Inspection Agency and U.S. Department of Agriculture certification, ADP said, and its plant produces a premium “air-chilled” poultry line.

The Welland facility is federally licensed for poultry slaughter, boning and cutting as well as halal slaughter, and is also licensed for export to the U.S. and Vietnam.

ADP’s two Toronto processing plants are also certified for halal and for organic processing, supplying retail, foodservice, industrial and “co-pack” customers.

“Cami’s business operations end where ADP’s further poultry processing operations begin, so there isn’t overlap between the two businesses,” Pinho said.

The company, which also holds the Simple Path and Chef’s Kitchen brands, expanded into branded poultry in 2018 when it bought the Ontario-based organic and natural poultry brand Blue Goose, he said.

ADP then diversified its product base in January this year, taking over New Brunswick-based retail and foodservice deli meat processor Bonte Foods.

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