Marfrig Alimentos has announced that it will invest in increasing the production of processed and value-added products at its Poultry, Pork and Processed Food Division in Brazil, by expanding its pork production, implementing biodigestors and energy cogeneration, and building a pork slaughtering and processed products unit in Diamantino Industrial Complex / Rosário do Oeste, Mato Grosso.
The Industrial Complex has one of the largest feed plants in the state of Mato Grosso, with production capacity of 50 tonnes/hour and will centralise the administration and logistics. Investments are also made in the development of biodigestors that will supply the units with clean energy.
The unit's two hog farms, located in the cities of Petrovina and Diamantino in Mato Grosso, will have their capacity increased from 12,500 to 22,000 breeding hogs and hog production from 1,200 to 3,000 hogs/day, which will integrate the unit's production cycle from breeding to slaughtering. The operation will be developed jointly with approximately 1,000 small farms that will provide feeding in an integration system and also be responsible for hog termination, which will be used to supply the new slaughter plant.
The slaughtering and processed products unit will have a capacity of 3,000 hogs/day and production of 100 tonnes/day of processed food, including hams, snacks, sausages and smoked products, being responsible for the complex's total slaughtering.
Construction will begin immediately, and the plant is expected to start operations in the 2nd semester of 2010. Marfrig's expansion in pork comes about a week after the company announced its first foray into the turkey market with the acquisition of Doux Frangosul's turkey production assets in Brazil.
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