Olymel’s history started in 1922, with the creation of a cooperative that engaged in hog production at a Princeville slaughterhouse. In 1940, La Coop Féderéé was able to acquire a pig slaughterhouse in the area of Western Quebec. Two years later, a new slaughterhouse in Sainte-Perpétue, the Ouellet slaughterhouse, began operations.
In 1947, a Saint-Valérien slaughterhouse, the Olivier Bienvenue Itée, began its operations. Three years later, P.A. Bonneau started to trade live animals in the area of Saint-Simon de Bagot. In 1954, La Coop Fédérée acquired Québec’s Legrade Company. A year later, it was able to acquire The Eastern Slaughterhouse of Montréal.
In 1958, Québec Poultry Ltd. was established. During the 1960s, La Coop Fédéree was able to acquire several slaughterhouses (Saint-Félix-de-Valois, Marieville andVictoriaville). In 1964, the brand Flamingo, as well as its logotype, was copyrighted. A year after, Turcotte and Turmel began operations in Vallée-Jonction and in 1968, it opened a distribution centre in the area of Anjou.
In 1974, La Coop Fédérée acquired the Edmond Sylvain Company while Québec Poultry Ltd. acquired the Vallée-Jonction plant. A year after, La Coop Fédérée purchased Quebec Poultry Ltd., including all their slaughterhouses. In 1979, La Coop Fédérée founded a division for all poultry activities, the Bexel division.
In 1987, Bexel was able to acquire Doria Boisjoli, as well as its subsidiaries. Two years later, Bexel was able to acquire Galco Food Products, a food processing company headquartered in Toronto. In 1991, companies Groupe Olympia Itée, Turcotte and Turmel, and Bexel created Olympel, Limited Partnership. Bexel then was able to acquire Tyson Canada Inc. In 1993, La Coop Fédérée’s poultry division changed its name to Aliments Flamingo. In 1996, La Coop Fédérée took over the management of Olymel. Olymel then formed a partnership with Exceldor. In 1998, Olymel’s pork processing and Aliments Flamingo’s poultry processing were consolidated under one company, the Olymel L.P.
Today, Olymel L.P. is one of the leaders in the area of poultry and pork processing and distribution. Fifty percent of the company’s revenue comes from its international sales, primarily in the USA, Australia, and Japan. Olymel also distributes its products to other countries, aside from the ones mentioned. The company’s products are marketed primarily under the brands Olymel, Flamingo, Galco, Lafleur and Prince.
Today, Olymel processes about 1,700,000 poultry and160,000 pigs every week. There are three Olymer facilities, located in Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec.
Ownership Type: Private
Employees: Over 10,000
Geography:Canada, USA, Australia, Japan
Demography: Foodservice companies
Olymel, Flamingo, Lafleur, Galco, Prince