The Ontario Independent Meat Processors is pleased to announce that we are now accepting nominations for the 2017 Meat Industry Achievement Award:


Meat Industry Achievement Award

The MIA Award is given to an OIMP Business Member Company or, an individual within a Business Member Company, that judged by the membership, is deserving of recognition for their achievement in the meat and poultry industry.

Hayter’s Farm honoured with the 2016 MIA Award.

Hayter’s is a family-owned turkey farm in Dashwood, Ontario, where three generations of the Hayter family have devoted their passion for premium quality for over 60 years. Their devotion to taste and tradition in every aspect of turkey farming and turkey products continues to this day with close to 100 employees, 8 of whom are family members.

Hayter’s Farm, a Poult-to-Plate integrated operation, is the only turkey farm in Canada that raises birds and processes products on-site. By managing every step, they can ensure the best practices for their birds, environment, and customers.

As great supporters of their community it is not unusual to see a massive sign outside the retail store advertising a BBQ fundraiser on one side and a message to support the fireman’s breakfast on the other. On a direct route to the shores of Lake Huron, you’d think this prime advertising real estate would be encouraging drivers’ to stop by and pick up some turkey products for their long weekend festivities. But no, it’s used to promote charity – a premise that runs through the heart of the operation – do the right thing and the rest will come.

Many of our members carry Hayter’s products whether whole turkeys, roasts, burgers, or more, and they themselves have been an OIMP member since 2001.

Hayter’s processing operation started as a provincially licensed facility from 1984 to 1990 at which time they pursued their Federal registration. Their onsite store was built in 1983 and has been expanded a couple of times since, although the Hayter’s have had a farm outlet for 50 years. Their most recent addition is their test kitchen.


Award Recipients

Hayter’s Farm, Dashwood (2016)

Schinkel’s Legacy, Chatham (2014)

Conestoga Meat Packers, Breslau (2013)

In Memory of Dave Tiller (2012)

Halenda’s Fine Foods, Oshawa (2011)

Springer’s Meats, Hamilton (2010)

VG Meats, Simcoe (2009)

Stemmler’s Meat & Cheese, Heidelberg (2008)

Leo Rocheleau, Maidstone (2007)

Lifetime Member Award

OIMP presents the prestigious Lifetime Member Award to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the Association and Ontario’s meat and poultry industry.

Brian Quinn honoured with 2015 Lifetime Member Award.

Since the awards’ inception twenty years ago, OIMP has presented only 9 prestigious Lifetime Membership Awards to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the Association and to Ontario’s meat and poultry industry.

Brian has been involved in the meat industry since 1976, before the association was even formed, and his history with the OIMP goes back some time. His uncle, Doug Lewis, was involved in founding what was then the Ontario Freezer Meat Association in 1979, and he himself sat on the board as a Director from ’89 to ’91.

To quote Brian “OIMP has been part of my life for so long. It’s changed just as much as I’ve changed. When I have a question or problem someone always gets back to me, and if they don’t know the answer they know someone who does.”

No matter where the location, Brian and his wife Brenda make the time and investment to attend OIMP events. And if you don’t know where Quinn’s Meats is located they are in Yarker, half way between Montreal and Toronto.

Brian has always been a strong advocate for the industry with a passion for small business. He is a great example of the roots of Ontario’s industry and defines what “survivor” means. In the words of another member, “In the 70’s, independently owned abattoirs dotted Ontario’s rural landscape. They prospered catering largely to slaughtering the animals their neighbours raised on the surrounding farms and at the same time offering freezer orders to the local community. The landscape of Ontario has changed dramatically in the past 45 years. Many of those neighbouring farms sold to developers, consumers interest in large freezer orders has all but disappeared, and as a result so have many of those abattoirs. There were a few who adapted to the changing conditions, and Quinn’s has not only survived but thrived.”


Award Recipients

Brian Quinn (2016)

Graham Dalziel (2015)

Tony Facciolo (2011)

Pat Johnson (2005)

Gerry Houtzager (2003)

Leo Rocheleau (2001)

Jim Vidoczy (2000)

Nancy Ackert (1997)

Dr.Ron Usborne (1996)

Ron Deeth (1995)

Associate Member Recognition Award (AMRA)

This honour is given to an OIMP Associate Member company that, judged by the membership, is deserving of recognition for their contribution to the association and to the industry. Using evaluation criteria including length of membership, monetary contribution, and event participation, three Associate Members are short-listed and presented to membership to decide who will receive the recognition by way of voting.

Malabar Super Spice honoured with the AMRA Award.

Malabar, founded in 1982, proudly serves meat and poultry processors across Canada. The majority of their customers are small to mid-size meat processors here in Ontario.  Malabar provides quality spices and seasonings combined with expert technical support and regulatory guidance. Food Safety is a priority, as confirmed with Malabar’s GFSI-BRC accreditation (with a 2015 – AA grade) and is the proud recipient of the NSF-GFTC 2016 Food Safety Excellence Award.

What we heard from the membership:

Exceptional service and quality product.

Definition of Quality and Service

superior products , super service, accommodating, helpful with new spice mixes, fresh seasonings.

This company is, and has been, very cooperative in product support and is very knowledgeable about product development, taste and appearance.   Also very informed about the latest trends in Europe.

Doris has championed our Associate Member Council, participated on our Technical Committee and is overall supportive of the OIMP. To quote one member, “Malabar Super Spice is well deserving of this kind of recognition.”



Malabar Super Spice, Burlington (2016)