Olymel and its imployees make a major donation of $500,000 worth of foodstuffs for the benefit of Moisson Lanaudière and its foodbanks in the region

    SAINT-HYACINTHE, QC, Jan. 19 /CNW Telbec/ - Olymel l.p., in conjunction
with unionized members of FTQ affiliate local TUAC 1991-P employees of the
Olymel hog slaughtering, cutting and deboning facility at St-Esprit in the
Lanaudière region, has announced a major donation of food products valued at
$500,000 dollars for the benefit of welfare organizations in the region. More
than 60,000 kilograms of pork and poultry products will be distributed to more
than 60 social assistance organizations in the Lanaudière region through
Moisson Lanaudière. The donation will improve the diets of many individuals
and families in need. Distribution of the products will span several weeks,
the first delivery having been made to the Moisson Lanaudière warehouse in
Joliette this morning, with M. Michel Perreault, President of Moisson
Lanaudière, M. Réjean Nadeau, President and CEO of Olymel l.p., Mario
Maisonneuve, President of local TUAC 1991-P, several workers from the Olymel
plant in St-Esprit, and a number of volunteers in attendance.
    The idea for this donation is the result of common efforts to solve the
crisis due to a momentary surplus of hogs as a result of the closing of the
slaughterhouses during the annual Christmas and New Year's holidays and the
government's desire to encourage initiatives designed to reduce these
surpluses during this period. The management and workers at the Olymel plant
in St-Esprit agreed to extend the plant's operating hours for the first three
Saturdays in January.
    "This gesture would not have been possible without our workers'
involvement and the cooperation of the union leaders. This is a collective
effort that will benefit the entire community. Before the Festive period we
often see great outbursts of generosity. We thought that, after this period,
in January and February, the need is still there, and some families are still
hungry. I am delighted that Olymel and its workers were able to agree to help
solve a problem of the industry, and at the same time, respond generously to
the needs of less fortunate individuals and families," said Olymel l.p.
President and CEO Réjean Nadeau.
    Moisson Lanaudière serves the entire region, and works in conjunction
with a number of agencies and municipalities to provide assistance to several
thousand needy individuals and families. "We collect and distribute more than
1.5 million kilos of foodstuffs every year, but we are desperately short of
meat. This major donation certainly fills a need, and will help diversify the
food baskets received by many families for the remainder of the winter season.
I am delighted that Olymel and the workers at its St-Esprit plant have given
our region priority," added Michel Perreault, President of Moisson Lanaudière.
    In the view of Mario Maisonneuve, President of local TUAC 1991-P, this
concerted action by Olymel, the workers at its St-Esprit plant, and the union
that represents them proves that a company can show solidarity with the host
region. "Our members enthusiastically agreed to accept longer working hours
for three weekends in a row. The efforts we have made today will benefit the
unemployed, families living in difficult conditions, as well as children, who
will now eat better than they usually do. We can be proud of this gesture,"
Mr. Maisonneuve concluded.

    About Olymel l.p.

    Olymel l.p. is number one in Canada in the slaughtering, processing and
distribution of pork and poultry meat products, and has facilities in Québec,
Ontario and Alberta. The company employs more than 10,000 persons and exports
nearly half its production, mainly to the Unites States, Japan and Australia,
as well as some sixty other countries. Its sales are expected to reach almost
$2.5 billion this year, with a slaughtering and processing capacity of 160,000
hogs and 1.6 million poultry every week. The company markets its products
mainly under the Olymel, Lafleur Flamingo, Prince, and Galco Foods brands.

For further information:

For further information: RICHARD VIGNEAULT, Communications, (514)
497-1385; Source: OLYMEL L.P

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