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Future of Niagara CanGro plant uncertain


April 10, 2008
By Marg Land


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April 10, 2008, St. Davids, Ont. –
Niagara growers and tender fruit industry officials are awaiting a
decision whether federal and provincial governments will financially
back one of two proposals from private investors to buy the local
CanGro fruit canning plant.

April 10, 2008, St. Davids, Ont. – Niagara growers and tender fruit industry officials are awaiting a decision whether federal and provincial governments will financially back one of two proposals from private investors to buy the local CanGro fruit canning plant.

According to a report in the St. Catharines Standard , growers need to know within days whether to prepare their orchards for production or pull our trees while the factory needs to order tin if it hopes to be able to can later in the year.

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Two potential buyers have made a pitch to the province to buy the St. Davids plant with plans to produce a local, Niagara-brand product.

CanGro announced in January it was planning to mothball the facility if a buyer couldn’t be found by March 31. According to a letter issued at the time, the company plans to “outsource” its branded canned fruit and vegetable business.