Dairy plant gets $282,500 to cut the cheese

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ACOA announces $600,000 funding for ADL's production and cheese cutting and packaging line

Federal Fisheries Minister Gail Shea made a major funding announcment Friday morning at ADL's Water Street processing facility in Summerside. Colin MacLean/Journal PIoneer

ACOA has announced more than $600,000 in funding for new technology for Amalgamated Dairies Limited in Summerside.

The federal government, though ACOA, will contribute $282,500 to support ADL with the purchase and installation of new technology used for its cheese cutting and packaging line to allow for product diversification in response to consumer demand. 


As well, the agency is investing $325,000 in the company to assist with the purchase of specialized equipment to expand capacity and increase the production efficiencies of ADL’s cheese line.

“ADL board members and management team are pleased with recent investments in cheese processing technology at the Summerside plant,” said ADL business development manager Chad Mann. “The installation of the new equipment will improve production capacity and diversify our product lines. 

"The ACOA assistance will allow us to tackle a number of initiatives to strengthen the dairy/food processing industry on P.E.I.”

In its 60 years, ADL has grown to be the largest processor of dairy products on PEI, processing a diverse range of dairy goods. The company currently employs upwards of 250 people.

Organizations: ADL

Geographic location: Summerside

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  • CHANGING TIMES
    January 25, 2014 - 09:36

    It's too bad that times have changes so drastically. Gone are the days when Local businesses tried to be part of the community. That community spirit has turned to corporate greed. A company that had sales last year of 140 million dollars (reported on compass) dipping into the pockets of taxpayers while filling their bank accounts. Makes you sick to your stomach when people on Old Age Security are getting a 45 cent per month increase to help them survive and here is an organization that charges more for milk, butter and cheese then gasoline costs getting free taxpayers dollars. How low must we go before we start standing up for ourselves.

  • 140 MILLION REASONS WHY NOT
    January 25, 2014 - 09:24

    Watched compass last night and they stated that ADL had 140 million dollars in sales last year. Makes you wonder what is the limit they must make to get out of the taxpayers pockets.

  • I Wonder When
    January 24, 2014 - 16:32

    I wonder when these politicians are going to face facts . You can't just keep giving & giving and expect to balance the books . Time for this generation to start cleaning up their act & not leave our childern & grandchildern with the mess we are now in . It would take no time to clear our debt if they stopped giving out these gift's to businesses that don't need them . Every week we are reading about new ones being given . Is there not a party that will finally close the zipper on wasting the taxpayers purse before it's to late ???

    • True Patriot Love
      January 25, 2014 - 09:00

      Yeah, the NDP.

  • WHY
    January 24, 2014 - 13:49

    The article states that ADL is the largest processor of dairy products which also means the largest profits. I would like my over charged tax dollars to go where they are needed and not into corporate bank accounts as appears to be the norm here. Are these politicians making a nest for themselves by paying the corporations and shafting the taxpayers?

  • BUDDY
    January 24, 2014 - 12:20

    Strange...The only time we see Gail Shea is when she is Doling out Harper's Bribe Money...This Folks is called a Puppet .