Local producer strengthens focus

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That things are bound to change won’t surprise anyone. That has never been so true as in the world of retail and consumer products.

A staple in Pictou County for more than a century has been Scotsburn Dairy, which with approval will see another big shift. Scotsburn Co-operative Services Ltd. announced Friday the plan to sell its fluid milk activities, including distribution, to dairy giant Saputo Inc.

Those loyal to the Scotsburn milk products will be happy to know the brand will be licensed to the buyer and remain on shelves.

The company said the decision, a tough one, was based on the goal to focus even more on growing its ice cream business.

We’re seeing a similar move to consolidate efforts elsewhere. Empire Company last year sold its cinema chain to concentrate more on its main endeavour, the Sobeys grocery division. That piece of news saw commentators musing on grocery giants in the country preparing for all-out competition.

The Scotsburn-based dairy manufacturer, long a point of pride in Pictou County, has come to other crossroads in recent years. It made the decision to stop butter production at its facility in the village of Scotsburn and purchase butter products from another manufacturer.

That decision, company officials said, was also made to use the cream it has access to for ice cream production.

And of course the company has made huge inroads in establishing itself as a major player in ice cream. In 2012 the Scotsburn ice cream plant, located in Truro, picked up production for Baskin-Robbins franchise shops across Canada after that company closed its manufacturing plant in Ontario.

Keep in mind Scotsburn is a company that consistently offers to the public some exciting flavour sensations in the favourite treat of summertime. When they launched Hoofprints, for example, back in the 1990s it became a news event.

We wish the company well in this development and highly anticipate they’ll conquer new territory with their ice cream products.

Organizations: Scotsburn Co-operative Services Ltd., Saputo Inc., Empire Company Sobeys Baskin-Robbins

Geographic location: Scotsburn, Pictou County, Truro Canada Ontario

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