Quality Meats Closure Boosts Production At Other Pork Processors

Ontario Pork Chair Amy Cronin says the loss of the Quality Meats Toronto plant is unfortunate for the provincial hog sector.

But she says the animals which had been going to that plant have been absorbed in Ontario, Quebec and other areas.

Cronin says the provincial pork processing sector has been running under capacity for a few years now.

She says some of those plants will now be able to ramp up to full capacity.

Because Quality processed one week of hog deliveries without paying for the animals, Cronin says a lot of producers are owed a lot of money.

While she’s hoping producers will still see some of that money, she says it doesn’t look promising.

Cronin says it’s something Ontario Pork is going to have to think about over the next few months to find a way to avoid this kind of situation in the future.

Ontario Pork has also set up an escrow account for producers who ship animals to Great Lakes Specialty Meats in Mitchell.

It’s owned by the same people as Quality Meats.

Cronin says money for animals shipped to Mitchell will flow through that account to ensure producers get paid for the animals they grow.

      

Amy Cronin says those animals have been absorbed into markets in Ontario, Quebec and other areas.

        

Cronin says Ontario Pork has set up an escrow account to give producers confidence to ship to Mitchell.

       

While they’re hoping to see some sort of payout to the producers involved, Cronin admits it doesn’t look promising.