TORONTO – ADP Direct Poultry executives announced on Oct. 1 that the company would acquire Cami International Poultry Ltd. Cami is a Welland, Ontario-based poultry processing company that employs 55 people.  

“I've believed for years that vertical integration was critical to the company's long-term aspirations,” said Augo Pinho, president and chief executive officer of ADP. “Cami's business operations end where ADP's further poultry processing operations begin, so there isn't overlap between the two businesses. This acquisition gives ADP a consistent supply of poultry with the size and specification required by ADP customers, which makes Cami the perfect addition to the ADP team.”

The company said the details of the deal were confidential, but ADP acquired 100% of Cami shares. The majority of the Cami staff will be retained with some sales and accounting functions being consolidated. However, ADP also expects to expand the plant in the future, which would increase production and add employees.

"ADP's strategic plan is focused on organic growth, vertical integration, diversification and branded products,” said Christopher Hobbs, vice president of ADP. “The acquisitions of the Blue Goose brand in 2018 and Bonte Foods in January 2020 addressed the branded poultry and product diversification goals, but the vertical integration from the Cami acquisition secures our future and allows us to now focus on organic growth. This is a giant leap for the company.”

ADP Direct Poultry is a food processing company that serves the retail, foodservice, industrial, and co-manufacturing markets in Ontario. ADP's three plants are inspected by the US Department of Agriculture and are BRC and Halal certified. The company’s Bonte and Taber Rd. plants are both certified to process multiple species.