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Kerr Farms Bankrupt?

Tatai Jul 16, 2010 01:40 PM

I heard that Kerr Farms declared bankruptcy last week. Can anyone confirm this?

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  1. gregclow RE: Tatai Jul 16, 2010 05:24 PM

    Why don't you give them a call to find out?


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      jayt90 RE: gregclow Jul 16, 2010 06:36 PM

      Saw a rumor to this effect a year ago on the net. It definitely needs confirmation.

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        insideman RE: jayt90 Jul 17, 2010 08:26 PM

        100% bankruptcy.

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      echoamphitheatre RE: Tatai Jul 17, 2010 10:32 PM

      I don't know if they have declared bankruptcy or not, but have heard from a few friends in the industry that they have suspended operations.

      I'm sure it has left more than a few Toronto restaurants scrambling...

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        aser RE: echoamphitheatre Jul 18, 2010 12:15 AM

        wouldn't say scrambling as alternatives are easily found, plenty of meat suppliers in the city doing "naturally raised".

        it is a loss nonetheless...

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          Tatai RE: aser Jul 18, 2010 06:38 AM

          It is a loss for those of us who applaud the efforts of businesses like Kerr Farms. I just hope they had the sense to keep their cattle operation and their tomato farm as separate entities for business purposes: Kerr Farms supplies the tomatoes for Thomas Utopia canned organic tomatoes.

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            froglegs RE: Tatai Jul 18, 2010 03:24 PM

            I agree. Pity about the whole thing. I will miss Kerr.

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              EarlyDrive RE: froglegs Jul 18, 2010 05:24 PM

              What a pity. Always my go-to.

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        CowboyMKL RE: Tatai Jul 28, 2010 08:13 AM

        I got a phone call from a cattleman yesterday saying there is an announcement in a farm newspaper that the beef operation is in receivership. I havnt seen the article yet but im not surprised - the beef operations been broke and in debt for a few years. The vegetable/tomato farm - 100% owned by the Kerr family unlike the beef operation which was a partnership with some Toronto guys - is doing fine and hopefully wont get dragged down by the financial loss.

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          bytepusher RE: CowboyMKL Jul 28, 2010 12:58 PM

          Receivership and bankruptcy are very different things

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          jnine RE: Tatai Jul 28, 2010 01:16 PM

          nooooooo. that was my fave for ground and stew meat for making babyfood for the kiddies.
          Any suggestions for a substitute.....and don't say Beretta.

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            CowboyMKL RE: jnine Jul 28, 2010 02:05 PM

            for retail you can see who Local Foods Plus certifies, or you can go with an established competitor to Kerr Farms like Beretta Farms, Rowe Farms, or Top Meadow (the latter merged with Kerr Farms last year but they are Limousin beef not Angus beef) . Or you could go to your butcher shop or supermarket that used to sell you Kerr Beef and ask what to replace it with. Or if you are a real foodie and not a poseur, you might buy boxed beef direct from a farm where you got to muddy up your boots in on a summer tour !!!!!! Contact the organic groups of Local Foods Plus to get lists of farmers to buy food from. Hey if I bought an energy-efficient chest freezer for local meat so can you !!

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              Non Doctor RE: CowboyMKL Jul 28, 2010 02:48 PM

              "and don't say Beretta."

              I'm interested why you say that... excuse my ignorance, but I always thought that Beretta were quite good???

              Sad about Kerr though.

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                jnine RE: Non Doctor Jul 28, 2010 07:13 PM

                @ non doctor - Its just personal preference. Not a lover of Beretta for ground beef. I've never tried Rowe for beef, only their chicken and pork.

                @ CowboyMKL I've been considering a CSA for meat.....I want a really good one though, am waiting for a few chowhounders to rave about a product before I commit to a freezer order.

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