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Co-op Atlantic Opens New Feed Mill in Moncton, NB

Date Posted: December 12, 2012

Moncton, NB—Co-op Atlantic officially opened a new feed mill today in Moncton.

The new facility that took 18 months to construct, costing nearly $8 million, will result in a significant increase in efficiency in the production of animal feed for Atlantic farmers.

The new mill will replace an aging facility that had been operating since 1946.

It features computerized operations, that include the preparation of feed formulations, mixing and order fulfillment in large feed trucks or individual bags.

Attending the official ceremony, the New Brunswick Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Michael Olscamp, congratulated Co-op Atlantic for demonstrating a spirit of innovation in its hi-tech animal nutrition facility.

"This plant will create new opportunities for the agricultural sector, and of course more opportunities for co-operatives’, said Minister Olscamp.

The minister added that over the past 85 years, "Co-op Atlantic has had a positive impact on our communities through its commitment to provide its producers with quality feeds."

In his remarks, Co-op Atlantic president, Marcel Garvie, reminded this audience of more than 50 people that the organization has its roots in agriculture, having been established in 1927 by farmers and livestock growers who were looking for a better way to market their livestock and to produce higher quality beef and poultry.

According to the CEO of Co-op Atlantic, Paul-Émile Légère, the new feed mill will have a production capacity of more than 35,000 tonnes per year, with the ability to mix more than 1,200 different feed formulations, using some 170 different ingredients.

"Our new mill will serve our farming community more efficiently than ever before. Our local customers, who number more than 200 large commercial farms, will get high quality animal nutrition in formulated batches using the best equipment and processes available today."

Based in Moncton, Co-op Atlantic is owned by approximately 100 co-operative businesses located in the four Atlantic Provinces and the Magdalen Islands.

It provides food, agricultural and energy products, and social housing/real estate services to more than 150 communities in the Atlantic region.

For further information contact Romeo Cormier at 506-858-6242 or romeo.cormier@coopatlantic.ca.

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