Sofina Foods is working on a deal to move its Lilydale poultry plant to a new location in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
According to a press release on the City of Calgary website, the city wants to purchase the land where the plant is currently located at 2126 Hurst Road SE, to accommodate the Green Line LRT, an elevated transit line. The two parties are discussing the sale of city-owned land for a new plant in the southeastern part of Calgary.
Once an agreement is reached, Sofina Foods will build a new plant with an anticipated opening date around 2020. Timelines regarding when Sofina Foods will move out of the current facility have not yet been established.
“We are happy to be able to remain in the Calgary area,” said Michael Latifi, founder, chairman and CEO of Sofina Foods. “As a long-term and sustainable partner, our commitment to Alberta producers remains unchanged. The new site is ideally situated to ensure a smooth transition for our producers, for our suppliers and for our employees.”
Some details of the negotiations will remain confidential until late 2018, then the real estate transactions are expected to be finalized.
Sofina Foods acquired the Lilydale company in 2010, according to the WATTAgNet Top Poultry Companies Database. Other Sofina Foods subsidiaries that involve poultry are Cuddy Food Products and Janes Family Foods.