Amir Quality Meats Inc. has acquired a processing facility and the associated supply from Wellington Poultry Ltd., based in Arthur, Ontario.

Wellington Poultry is a provincially licensed processing facility that has served the Ontario specialty breeds market and mainstream markets for over 18 years.

Amir Quality Meats is one of Canada’s largest independent, family-owned halal meat processors and distributors serving the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and markets throughout Canada.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

With the acquisition of Wellington, Amir looks forward to expanding their product offerings into the specialty breeds market, as well as continuing to serve the mainstream marketplace.

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“We are excited about the future of this industry,” Sherry Aziz, chief financial officer, Amir Quality Meats, said in a press release. “We see lots of opportunities to continue to build strong relationships with the growers and grow the marketplace - providing Ontarians with continued access to chicken choices.”

Chicken Farmers of Ontario expressed its congratulations to Amir Quality Meats, and thanked Wellington Poultry for its longtime commitment to the poultry industry in Ontario and in Canada.

“Chicken Farmers of Ontario congratulates Amir Quality Meats on its acquisition of the Wellington Poultry Ltd,” said Murray Opsteen, chair of CFO. “Ontario chicken farmers and the chicken industry are committed to providing consumers with a variety of choices when it comes to healthy, safe, locally-grown premium Ontario chicken products.”

Denise Hockaday, CEO of CFO, said: “Ontario’s chicken industry is strong, vibrant and continues to grow. The industry supports 22,000 jobs and contributes over $4.2 billion to the Ontario economy on an annual basis. We continue to see the growth and potential of the industry, and this announcement supports our shared priority of ensuring Ontarians can continue to count on a steady supply of locally-grown chicken.”