Canada Works To Enhance Beef Exports To Asia

CANADA - The Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency (ALMA) is helping Cargill Meat Solutions to potentially triple beef exports to Asia by modernising its High River plant with new technology to enhance efficiencies, improve food safety and lower overall operating costs.
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A Growing Forward grant of up to $3 million, distributed over two years, will help Cargill improve operational efficiencies at their High River plant and allow them to meet the ever-changing demands and requirements of export shipping. This also supports market diversity beyond North America. Meeting growing market demands is essential in helping to move Canada closer to being a beef supplier of choice.

"Canada is known for the quality of its beef products, and the Government of Canada is investing in innovation to increase our export markets and profitability for our beef industry," said Laurie Hawn, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence and Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre. "Today's investment in Cargill Meat Solutions responds to world demand for high quality Canadian beef and further strengthens our position in international markets."

"A healthy and growing export sector is critical to the success of Alberta's livestock and meat industry," said Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Jack Hayden. "With ALMA's support, further modernization of the Cargill High River plant will provide a direct benefit to beef producers by increasing export opportunities to the Asian market."

"The project, coupled with Alberta's large volume of age-verified cattle, will result in improved logistics to export markets," said Scott Entz, Cargill Meat Solutions general manager. "We are committed to helping increase access of Alberta beef to Asia."

Gordon Cove, President and CEO of ALMA, says these types of investments help further the agency's strategic priorities. "The Cargill grant is part of a roadmap for working with industry to increase our competitiveness in global markets," he said.

Cargill's $42-million investment to modernise their High River plant demonstrates that Alberta and Canada are quality locations for multinational organizations seeking to expand their Asian markets.

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