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  ACA Co-Operative Ltd. of New Minas, will get its products to
  market quicker and more efficiently, thanks to a $2 million
  loan to Eastern Protein Foods Ltd. from the Nova Scotia
  Economic Renewal Agency's Business Development Corporation.
  The loan will assist with the construction of a distribution
  plant at the company's Kentville Industrial Park site, for
  distributing ACA poultry products.
  "This is vital to the economy of the Annapolis Valley
  region. ACA will buy chicken, turkey and eggs with a value
  of $27 million, and goods and services worth an additional
  $19 million from Nova Scotia companies and producers," said
  Economic Renewal Minister Robert Harrison.
  Eastern Protein Foods Ltd. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of
  ACA Co-Operative Ltd. and the two are major employers in the
  Annapolis Valley with more than 400 people on payroll. "ACA
  is constrained for space in its existing New Minas
  facility," said ACA and Eastern Protein president, Phil
  Kudelka. "With the expansion, we will have a modern plant
  and the space we will save at New Minas will be used to
  increase our efficiency," he said.
  Mr. Kudelka said the distribution plant is vital to the
  company's long-term profitability. "The facility is one step
  in ensuring ACA is competitive in the poultry industry and
  in the new global economy," he said.
  The Kentville distribution plant follows the completion of
  modern technology improvements and expansions to the New
  Minas plant that included installation of computer equipment
  to control shipping and inventory.
  "This loan will allow ACA and Eastern Protein to keep pace
  with the future in a highly competitive field, despite
  recent disruptions in the Canadian poultry processing
  industry," said Mr. Harrison.
  The minister added that by strengthening local economies in
  this way, the government creates the right climate for
  investment within the province.
  Contact: Steve Warburton  902-424-0927
  trp                      Dec. 18, 1995