Approval of Cargill's Guelph operation (Est. 51) will translate into more Canadian beef being sold into the Russian market. According to Cargill this will be a much needed boost for Eastern beef cattle producers.
Company officials confirmed that effective immediately, Russian regulatory authorities have recognised their application for certification. Cargill will now work diligently with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to facilitate the trade of beef and related products.
Russia is a growing market for beef and Cargill's Guelph operation is already engaging with its local customers, eager to access additional quality supplies of Canadian beef.
Cargill has for some time now been able to supply some Russian demand for beef from its High River, Alberta facility; the company maintained having its Guelph operation approved was critical for Eastern Canadian beef producers.
Federal Minister of Agriculture Gerry Ritz and CFIA president Carole Swan recently returned from Russia and have since confirmed the establishment permanent high level CFIA resources in Russia. This in addition to specifically raising the importance of Cargill's approval for access.
2010 was considered a break-out year for Cargill's beef processing operations in Western Canada. Exports significantly increased over the previous year and company officials say they fully expect to see the same results in the East after today's announcement.
Russia is the world's second largest beef importer, after the US and is a proven market for high quality beef.
Source: Cargill Incorporated