Hog feed businesses join forces

Nutrition Athena Inc. and Nutrition Partners Inc. have joined forces within the swine feed and nutrition business.

The two companies announced the new partnership Oct. 8.

Nutrition Athena is a division of Groupe Ceres Inc., a Quebec-based firm that influences the feeding of more than 4.5 million pigs annually. It is the lead nutrition partner for HyLife, a major pork production company.

Nutrition Partners, based in Airdrie, Alta., specializes in custom feed programs for swine, poultry and dairy.

“Nutrition is rapidly becoming even more important to the advancement of swine production,” said Darryl Lewis, president of Nutrition Partners, in a news release.

“This new united structure leaves us uniquely positioned to help our customers fully capture the potential of the new era now taking shape, with sound science-backed approaches that fit the needs and potential of each farm.”

The arrangement ensures HyLife remains as a partner, the release added.

Dan Bussieres, swine nutritionist and co-founder of Group Ceres and its Athena division, said the deal creates synergies from east to west.

“With the pandemic we all recognize more than ever the importance of a reliable food supply and innovation on all fronts to truly maximize our production,” he said.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

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