International Layer Distribution GmbH, Couvoir OVO Inc. acquire majority interest in Archer’s Poultry Farm

Archer family will remain shareholders in the company
calendar icon 4 June 2024
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International Layer Distribution GmbH, a subsidiary of the German-based EW Group GmbH, and Couvoir Ovo Inc, Wickham, QC, acquired a majority stake in Archer’s Poultry Farm Ltd., with the Archer family remaining shareholders in the company.

Archer’s Poultry Farm is a distribution company selling Lohmann Breeders brand layer chicks, pullets, and feed in Ontario.

This year marks the 78th anniversary of Archer’s Poultry in the Canadian hatchery industry. Founded by Cecil and Florence Archer, the Archer family has successfully developed the company over the years. Gordon and Susan, and Doug and Iris Archer, ran the farm with passion and built a new hatchery in the 1960s along with a feed mill. 

The third generation of the Archer family, Kim, Sherry, John, and Stuart have continued to support this proud family legacy. Under Stuart’s time as President, a new state-of-the-art hatchery was built in 2016. 

  • Stuart will take on a consulting role in the company going forward. 
  • Greg Brown, long-term Sales and Service Manager, will assume the role of General Manager.

“We are confident that the new owners will carry on in the same tradition of providing unmatched quality and reliability to our customers across Ontario. We want to thank all of our valued customers and hard-working staff over the years. We are proud of what Archer’s has accomplished, and we look forward to the new partnership.”

Greg Brown, new General Manager of Archer´s, stated, “The new ownership structure allows us to carry on the family´s dedication to supply quality products both at the hatchery and the feed mill for the Ontario market. I am looking forward to my new position to support our customers and egg business in Ontario.”

Albert Cordts, Managing Director of International Layer Distribution GmbH and Claude Boire, President of Couvoir OVO Inc. said, “We are delighted about this partnership. Supplying the highest quality standards as well as providing outstanding technical service to the customers of Archer’s is our dedication. With our engagement we want to underline our long-term commitment to the egg industry in Ontario and we are looking forward to working with our customers and partners of Archer´s.”

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