Chinese meat and food processing company, Zhongpin has announced an agreement with Jilin Huazheng Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Development Co., to lease a pork production facility in the city of Gongzhuling, Jilin Province. Zhongpin plans to move part of its chilled and frozen pork production capacity to Jilin Province.
The newly-leased facility has an annual chilled and frozen pork production capacity of approximately 30,000 metric tonnes. Zhongpin plans to use about 70% of the capacity for the production of chilled pork products and the remaining 30% for frozen pork products.
Jilin Province is one of China’s major corn producing regions and has an abundant supply of hogs, which should help facilitate Zhongpin’s penetration into some major cities in Northeastern China, such as Changchun, Jilin and Shenyang. The leased facility has state-of-the- art equipment in place that utilises advanced processing technology, and the additional production capacity is expected to generate sales revenue immediately.