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NEWS RELEASE

BCCA Welcomes Investment Into Business Plan Development for Beef Processing Plant

July 15 (Prince George, B.C.) – There could be an opportunity for a federally inspected beef processing plant in Prince George in the future but first a final study, which will include a business plan, needs to be conducted to determine if the value chain can support a packing plant in central BC. With funding from the Governments of Canada and British Columbia, the BC Cattlemen’s Association will facilitate the development of a business plan to identify investors and supply chain partners and identify any challenges or obstacles that could impede the plant development. BCCA will be investing $16,000 along with $144,000 from the Federal and Provincial governments through Growing Forward 2.

“The business plan is the final step in due diligence before a significant investment is made in an actual plant,” says Kevin Boon, BCCA General Manger. “Investing a few thousand dollars upfront to make sure that a plant is viable is the best thing for B.C. and the BC beef industry.” A viability study was completed in 2015 that indicated that BC could support a federally inspected packing plant but certain sectors of the production chain would need significant infrastructure development. It highlighted the potential for a BC plant to differentiate product for branding and export capabilities.

Currently, BC has two federally inspected plants capable of processing small numbers of cattle but the majority of cattle are processed in Alberta or U.S. BC Cattlemen’s Association appreciates the support of the Governments of Canada and British Columbia in moving this project forward and ensuring a strong and vibrant cattle industry in BC.


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About BCCA
The BC Cattlemen’s Association has been representing the interests of beef cattle ranchers in British Columbia since 1929. With almost 1,200 rancher members, the Association is pleased to work on issues of importance to cattle producers. The BC beef industry annually contributes $606 million (direct and indirect) to the provincial economy. For more information and statistics about BC ranching, visit www.cattlemen.bc.ca

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Kevin Boon
General Manager
250-320-3611