Groupe Savoie Inc., a hardwood products supplier in New Brunswick, Canada, recently announced that it plans to double the volume dedicated to the domestic side of its pellet production at its Saint-Quentin pellet plant in the coming year. This company decided to increase pellet volume locally to address the shortage of pellets experienced over the winter, due to the compounded problem of unseasonably cold temperatures and seasonal customer buying patterns.
The company’s pellet plant produces a range of pellet-quality grades—from premium to industrial depending on the customer. The hardwood pellets produced are manufactured under the trademark Canawick and are sold in 40-pound pre-packaged bags or 1-ton bulk bags.
Last year, Jonathan Levesque, vice president of marketing and development with Groupe Savoie, estimates the company produced 70,000 tons, 65 percent of which was exported to European customers. The company plans to continue to export approximately 45,000 to 50,000 tons, but will add another 20,000 to 25,000 tons of pellets on the domestic side.
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