(Aug. 12/14) Restaurants Canada opposes a Chicken Farmers of Canada (CFC) production quota that creates an unlevel playing field between retailers and restaurateurs. The CFC quota set for year-end will allow retailers to buy chicken at a discounted rate, due to extra supply. Retailers will then be able to lower their prices for chicken, as well as in-store prepared meal substitutes that directly compete with restaurants.
Another point of contention is the chicken farmers’ plan to raise overly large birds to meet the increased production quota. These larger birds do not meet the specifications required by most of our members.
In our complaint to the Farm Products Council of Canada, we reiterated our support for the expansion of the Canadian chicken industry, provided increased growth leads to greater market responsiveness – including permanent, lower prices and a wider range of specifications to meet our members’ needs.