Ryding Regency Meat Packers Ltd. of Toronto is gaining global beef markets, including for its halal-standard products.
Michael Bilcher told the annual meeting of Ontario Agri-Food Technologies that it’s building on the success of the Ontario Corn-fed Beef program developed by farmers.
The rations fed to finish those cattle must have at least 80 per cent corn. Bilcher said corn has higher sugar content than barley, which is used to finish Alberta cattle, so the meat tastes different and is preferred by many consumers.
He said the company is also making inroads in Quebec now because there are no longer any federally-inspected beef-slaughtering plants left.
Ryding Regency is Ontario’s third-largest beef packer, after Cargill’s dominant Better Beef plant in Guelph and St. Helen’s in Toronto.
Ryding Regency has clients now in China, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong and Singapore. It is seeking packing-plant certification from the European Union.
Next on its agenda is developing markets for dried meat products.