Creating More Value Together

Our history in Canada begins in 1937 when Shur-Gain was founded and introduced under Canada Packers. Since then, there have been a series of acquisitions and additions of new facilities to support the growth of our operation. In 2007, Shur-Gain and Landmark Feeds joined Nutreco’s global animal nutrition division that employs 12,000 professionals in 35 countries. In 2017, Trouw Nutrition Canada Inc. was formed following the integration of Shur-Gain, Landmark Feeds, recently acquired Hi-Pro Feeds, and Nutreco’s combined animal nutrition businesses in Canada. In Canada, we currently employ 1, 450 employees coast-to-coast.

Photo of a Shur-Gain Fertilizers store next to a photo of a farmhouse from the 30s, which is next to a photo of the first Shur-Gain research farm.

1930s – 1950s

In 1937 Canada Packers introduced Shur-Gain.  Throughout the 40s, more dealerships opened up under the Shur-Gain name, as well as the first farmer co-op in Edmonton, Alberta in 1942. In 1951 they opened a research farm in Weston, Ontario that moved to Maple, Ontario in 1952. In 1954 the first Landmark Feed Mill opened in Landmark, Manitoba.

Black and white photos of a cowboy, the first Hi-Pro mill, and opening announcements

1960s – 1980s

In 1965, Shur-Gain expanded their product lines to include dog food. In 1966, Hi-Pro Feeds opened their Olds, Alberta mill, and in 1970 acquired their Lethbridge, Alberta mill. Also in 1966, Shur-Gain entered the animal health market with 14 products. Throughout the 70s, Shur-Gain created pre-mixes for on-farm mixers and feedlot producers. In 1982, they built their largest plant in St. Hyacinthe, Quebec. Meanwhile, Landmark Feeds continued to expand throughout the 70s and 80s, acquiring Riverbend Feed Mill in Rosenort, Manitoba; Super-Tech in Winnipeg, Manitoba; and Regal Feeds in Otterburne, Manitoba. Hi-Pro Feeds continued to grow as well, acquiring facilities in Carman and Somerset, Manitoba. In 1986, Maple Leaf acquired a facility in Yamachiche, Quebec.

A photo of a landmark delivery truck next to a photo of a Shur-Gain delivery truck and a Nureco sign

1990s – 2010s

In 1990, Landmark Feeds acquired 3 facilities in Alberta (Brooks, Claresholm, and Medicine Hat), and Maple Leaf Mills merged with Canada Packers to form Maple Leaf Foods.  In 1992, the Shur-Gain research farm moved to its current location in Burford, Ontario. Throughout the 90s and 2000s, Hi-Pro Feeds acquired facilities in St. Anne, Manitoba; Olds, Alberta; Chilliwack, British Columbia; and Ponoka Alberta before eventually being acquired by Nutreco Canada in 2017. Landmark Feeds also continued to grow throughout the 90s, acquiring idle facility in Strathmore, Alberta. By 1997 Landmark Feed Mill, Riverbend, Regal, and Super-Tech had merged. In 1999, Maple Leaf Foods acquired a facility in Strykersville, NY, as well as Landmark Feeds and Elite Swine. In 2007, Maple Leaf Animal Nutrition operations (including Shur-Gain and Landmark Feeds) were acquired by Nutreco N. V., who was later acquired by SHV Holdings N. V. in 2015.

Trouw Nutrition - A Nutreco Company

Two years later, Nutreco Canada, Landmark Feeds, Hi-Pro Feeds, and Shur-Gain were rebranded to Trouw Nutrition Canada, Inc.