New egg-processing plant to open in Jamaica
A new egg-processing plant worth $30 million will
begin operations in Jamaica next month, liquefying 10,000 eggs per hour in order
to meet local demand.
The new plant's full capacity is 18,000 eggs per hour, but will begin at 56
per cent capacity.
The plant will be run in partnership between Jamaica's poultry sector and a
local distributor looking to cash in on demand for liquefied eggs, which are
currently imported into the country.
The plant, Caribbean Egg Processors (CEP), is a joint venture formed by a
newly incorporated company called Liquid Eggs Limited (LEL) and the Montego
Bay-based Caribbean Producers Limited.
Liquid Eggs, whose major shareholders include members of the Jamaica Egg
Farmers Association and others, has a 70 per cent stake in CEP, while Caribbean
Producers owns the other 30 per cent, according to Norman Williams, general
manager of Jamaica Egg Services Limited (JES).
Operating at 56 percent of maximum capacity, says Williams, is enough to
make the plant viable.
"The excess capacity was considered prudent with respect to projected
further growth in the target market and the possibility of export to other
islands in CARICOM
the JES manager whose company is a full subsidiary of the St Catherine-based Jamaica Broilers
The plant is to be the Caribbean's first egg processing facility, and is
meant to tap the hotel market where there is high and an estimated growing
demand for liquid eggs.
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