Dunn-Rite Food Products is installing a $4.5-million waste and water treatment system with the help of $1.5 million in assistance from the federal and provincial governments.
The new state-of-the-art technology will reduce water use in its processing operations by a minimum of 10 per cent and ensure it exceeds municipal standards for waste water.
It's part of an ongoing $26-million renovation and expansion project at Dunn-Rite. The company processes more than 300,000 birds every week from Manitoba chicken producers.
"This investment strengthens our ability to continue operating efficient facilities and also demonstrates our commitment to exceeding standards... this development signals a large step towards a future of sustainable, responsible food production," said Dunn-Rite official Mario Bertschinger.
Dunn-Rite was founded in Winnipeg in 1940 and acquired by Surrey, B.C.-based Sunrise Farms in November 2012.
Sunrise has more than 1,300 employees in seven different processing plants located in B.C., Alberta, Ontario and Manitoba.
Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development Minister Ron Kostyshyn said the investment supports the province's goal of establishing a value-added food industry worth $5 billion by 2020.
-- The Canadian Press