Further Poultry Processors Association of Canada Sector
Blair Shier - J.D. Sweid - Langley, BC
Ed Lamers - Tillsonburg Custom Foods - Tillsonburg, ON
With a plant and equipment investment in excess of $600 million and direct employment estimated at over 5,000 people, the Further Poultry Processors Association of Canada sector of the Canadian Poultry and Egg Processors Council represents both chicken and turkey members from coast to coast and accounts for more than 75% of all poultry further processed products sold in Canada.
This rapidly growing sector is supplied by primary chicken and turkey processors and transforms raw chicken and turkey meat into a variety of innovative foods for the retail and foodservice markets. Further processed products are the growth engine for both the Canadian chicken and turkey industries and sales are estimated to be in excess of $1.6 billion.
As members of the most recently formed sector of the CPEPC, poultry meat further processors are actively involved in all areas of the poultry meat industry. The primary focus of this sector is on the myriad of technical issues which associate with new product development. Another focus is to promote policies which maximize the utilization of Canadian chicken and turkey in these innovative products. Members of this sector work closely with members of the primary processing sectors to ensure that adequate supplies of chicken and turkey meat, meeting appropriate specifications, will be available for further processing.