Canadian meat processor Olymel is spending over C$10m (US$9m) on expanding a poultry plant in Quebec.

Olymel said it wanted to meet increasing demand for pre-cooked chicken products.

"With this major investment, Olymel is responding to customer demand from both the retail and HRI - hotels, restaurants, institutions - sectors for pre-cooked chicken products, which save time and improve efficiency in the kitchen," president and CEO Réjean Nadeau.

"The expansion and latest generation equipment that will be installed at the Ste-Rosalie plant will allow us to seize even more business opportunities and consolidate operations and jobs at this facility. By relying on product quality and efficient customer service as well, Olymel intends to increase its market share."

The Ste-Rosalie processing facility employs more than 420 staff. In addition to its boning operation, the facility makes cooked and breaded chicken products such as wings, breast morsels and breast strips to serve its own brands, mainly Flamingo, as well as for private labels.