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Can Pro investments will deliver canola meal concentrate for aquafeed

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Can Pro investments will deliver canola meal concentrate for aquafeed

Can Pro Ingredients Ltd. has acquired the business assets and operations of Arborfield Dehy Ltd. and will commence construction of a new canola processing facility within the current Arborfield plant.

Can Pro also licensed proprietary canola processing technology from MCN BioProducts Inc. to utilize a process that will concentrate canola meal into a high-protein content feed that will find widespread use in the aquaculture industry.

Dave Edwards, General Manager of Can Pro and former General Manager of ADL said, "We were seeking ways to diversify the operations and markets for our plant. We found a home grown canola technology, invented at the University of Saskatchewan and commercialized by MCN, to employ in our dense canola producing region. It was a natural fit."

The company will also manufacture feed grade canola oil which can be used in aquafeeds, animal feeds and biodiesel manufacture.

Can Pro will continue to operate the dehydrated alfalfa business, carried on by Arborfield over the past 36 years and has the ability to combine canola fractions with alfalfa streams to provide new and differentiated product lines.

While it will take a year to construct the new plant and commence commercial production of the new canola protein concentrate, the product has already received significant attention from shrimp, trout, salmon and piglet feed manufacturers looking to replace fish meal in their formulas. Fish meal is an important component of feeds, but supply has not kept pace with rapidly growing demand in the aquaculture industry.

The Company has also attracted attention from biofuels manufacturers who have byproduct streams in need of further processing. The company's 'total seed utilization' and 'multiple input materials' approach to canola and alfalfa provide a model for economic viability for the biofuels industry.

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