Canadian poultry groups Groupe Westco and Olymel are looking to press on with plans to build a slaughterhouse in the province of New Brunswick.

The two sides plan to push ahead with the C$30m (US$) project after Canada’s Competition Tribunal rejected a case against Westco over chicken supplies.

Nadeau Poultry Farm had applied to the tribunal in a bid to get Westco to deliver its live chickens to the business despite the lack of a contract between the two sides.

Westco and Olymel said the ruling would enable the two companies to build the facility in Saint-Francois. The partners plan to produce poultry products for the Canadian provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island.

Olymel president and CEO Réjean Nadeau said: “We have always believed in a project which was designed from the outset to strengthen the poultry sector New Brunswick and the Maritimes, which will greatly benefit producers, workers in the industry and, in the end, consumers.”