Maple Lodge has partnered with Prince Edward Island farmers for a poultry plant processing chicken and turkeys in Kentville, Nova Scotia. According to a report in the Canadian Press, the $46-million plant is expected to operate by spring 2012.

Under the deal, farmers have agreed to ship their birds to the plant while Maple Lodge will provide national marketing for their products. Maple Leaf Foods closed a Nova Scotia plant in 2007, leaving some 45% of chicken farmers there without a processor.