Swine nu­tri­tion com­pa­nies, in­clud­ing one from Air­drie, unite

Prairie Post (West Edition) - - Alberta -

Bringing to­gether en­hanced re­sources to sup­port swine pro­duc­ers across Canada and into the U.S. is the fo­cus of a new part­ner­ship be­tween two in­no­va­tion-focused nu­tri­tion com­pa­nies.

Nu­tri­tion Athena Inc, which is a divi­sion of Groupe Cérès Inc., and Nu­tri­tion Part­ners Inc. have an­nounced they have united un­der a new in­te­grated own­er­ship model. The en­hanced structure is de­signed to op­ti­mize value and ser­vices for cus­tomers of both com­pa­nies, in­clud­ing via a strong em­pha­sis on swine nu­tri­tion ex­per­tise, re­sources and strate­gies.

“We are very pleased to for­mally bring to­gether Nu­tri­tion Part­ners with Nu­tri­tion Athena,” says Dar­ryl Lewis, pres­i­dent of Nu­tri­tion Part­ners. “Our goal has al­ways been to work with the best peo­ple. With this part­ner­ship we have added an in­cred­i­ble team to sup­port our cus­tomers.”

Syn­ergy drives op­por­tu­ni­ties

The swine nu­tri­tion team un­der the new structure features strong depth and ex­pe­ri­ence, he notes, com­bin­ing the Nu­tri­tion Part­ners swine nu­tri­tion group led by Jan Geurts with the Groupe Cérès / Nu­tri­tion Athena swine nu­tri­tion team led by Dan Bus­sières.

“Nu­tri­tion is rapidly be­com­ing even more im­por­tant to the ad­vance­ment of swine pro­duc­tion,” says Lewis. “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.”

Serv­ing broad cus­tomer base

Nu­tri­tion Part­ners, head­quar­tered in Air­drie, Al­berta with ad­di­tional of­fices in Man­i­toba and Que­bec, spe­cial­izes in col­lab­o­ra­tive ap­proaches that sup­port the suc­cess of live­stock op­er­a­tions through cus­tom pro­grams and ser­vices tai­lored to in­di­vid­ual needs, across swine, poul­try and dairy.

Groupe Cérès, head­quar­tered in Lévis, Que­bec, and its af­fil­i­ates de­velop and mon­i­tor nu­tri­tion pro­grams in­flu­enc­ing the feed­ing of more than 4.5 mil­lion pigs an­nu­ally, in­clud­ing serv­ing as the lead swine nu­tri­tion part­ners of HyLife – one of the world’s lead­ing in­te­grated pork pro­duc­tion com­pa­nies.

Nu­tri­tion Athena, a divi­sion of Groupe Cérès based in Saint-Ni­co­las, Que­bec, of­fers com­plete feeds, mi­cro and macro pre­mixes, as well as all the in­gre­di­ents and other feed ad­di­tives nec­es­sary for the man­u­fac­ture of feed for pigs. Its ex­pe­ri­enced team sup­ports pro­duc­ers by de­vel­op­ing feed and nu­tri­tion pro­grams tai­lored to their needs, al­ways pay­ing at­ten­tion to the fi­nan­cial aspect.

Ad­van­tages from east to west

The new ar­range­ment en­sures that Hylife, through its re­la­tion with Groupe Ceres/ Nu­tri­tion Athena, re­mains a part­ner in Nu­tri­tion Part­ners in­clud­ing pro­vid­ing sup­port via peo­ple and re­search.

“The time has come for our group to ex­pand our ac­tiv­i­ties and reach the swine in­dus­try across Canada,” says Dan Bus­sières, swine nu­tri­tion­ist and co-founder of Groupe Cérès and its Nu­tri­tion Athena divi­sion, along with part­ner Janin Boucher. “With this new ven­ture we are ready to ag­gres­sively move into a new era of sup­port and ser­vice for our cus­tomers. The new united com­pany cre­ates unique ad­van­tages and syn­er­gies from east to west. We can’t wait to get started.”

“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,” Bus­sières adds. “We are in­spired by pork pro­duc­ers on the front lines who are lead­ing the way in em­brac­ing proac­tive ap­proaches at this im­por­tant time.”

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