November 21, 2003
Nov. 21, 2003 -- Efforts by about 150 Saskatchewan sheep producers over the last five years to get more of their product onto more Canadian plates has finally paid-off: On Nov. 10, a deal was signed with Costco to place processed lamb products into 38 of its eastern Canadian stores.
According to producer, Gordon Schroeder, ?Now we?ve got to deliver 8,500 pounds for the initial order of cooked marinated lamb kebabs.?
The result of thousands of taste tests led the producers to focus on three products: cooked lamb in Moroccan orange sauce; marinated kebabs; and appetizer meatballs with dipping sauce.
The Costco order is expected to be filled by Jan. 1, 2004, at which time new retail packaging should also be ready.