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Quebec firm wins public funding for feed mill rennovation

Published on 5 June, 2010, Last updated at 11:09 GMT
Quebec firm wins public funding for feed mill rennovation

Canada - A Quebec firm making livestock feed ingredients from bakery byproducts will get public funding to renovate a Peterborough, Ont. feed mill for a new processing plant.

The Ontario ministry of economic development and trade on Friday pledged over $217,000 for Farines SPB Meal of Boucherville, Que. toward the company's $1.4 million retrofit at Peterborough.

The company provides turnkey collection services for food manufacturers' processing byproducts. It converts products collected from bakeries and related industries to make a feed ingredient branded Energro.

The ingredient is used by pork and poultry feed millers in rearing/growing feed products.

Made using a dehydration process, Energro is described as "an easily digestible meal ingredient that is an excellent source of energy and protein" for monogastric livestock, and a "high-quality alternative to the basic cereals used in complete feeds."

When fully operational, SPB's Peterborough facility will also process agricultural byproducts into pellets to be used for alternative energy, the province said.

"The new Ontario facility will help us continue being the Canadian industrial leader in food byproduct collection and recovery and, to develop agricultural byproduct into biomass for the production of energy," SPB CEO Sylvain Brasseur said in the Ontario government's release Friday.

The Ontario government said Friday that its investment is expected to help SPB create 13 new jobs at Peterborough over the next two years.

SPB's food industry clients include processors of breads, doughs, dry yeasts, cereals, pastas, baked goods and snacks such as chips, crackers and granola bars.


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