Agropur is investing CAD $34 million (approximately $27 million) in its Truro, Nova Scotia, ice cream and frozen novelties plant.
The investment will be used by the Canadian dairy cooperative to redefine the space within the facility by installing a new extrusion line for innovation in the premium novelties segment.
The facility will be one of Agropur’s Centres of Excellence for frozen extrusion products. It will generate high-quality jobs for the local community while also contributing to the Atlantic region’s economic growth and the development of several business opportunities.
“It is with great pride and excitement that we announce a major investment in the Truro plant, the largest plant capital investment made in Canada in the last five years,” said Jeannie van Dyk, VP of Agropur’s board and director for the Atlantic region. This demonstrates Agropur’s importance in the Atlantic region, as well as our commitment to remaining a major player in the region and seizing the opportunities it presents.”
“This investment demonstrates a significant commitment to Atlantic Canada’s agriculture sector,” said Greg Morrow, Nova Scotia’s minister of agriculture. It also promotes well-paying, stable jobs in rural Nova Scotia while creating new job opportunities.”
According to CBC, the Truro Agropur plant’s manager, Robert Bowman, stated that the expansion should be completed by 2023.