Massive chicken plant opens in Thailand
Ajinomoto Betagro Frozen Foods recently held the grand opening of its
chicken-processing plant in Lop Buri, Thailand.
Ajinomoto Betagro Frozen Foods
is a joint venture between
Tokyo-based Ajinomoto Frozen Food and Thailand's Betagro Group. The production
capacity of the new factory is estimated at 9,600 tonnes, which will eventually
reach 24,000 tonnes a year. The full capacity of the plant is reported to be
30,000 tonnes in its second phase.
State-of-the art technology has been installed in the Bt1.25-billion (€843 million) plant
to produce grilled and fried chicken for export to Japan.
Processed chicken exported to Japan
According to president and CEO of Ajinomoto Frozen Foods, Daiji Shindo, the
company decided to increase production capacity in the country because of
high-quality production and a rich supply of raw materials for the industry.
"The company is confident that the firm will succeed in exporting huge
amounts of processed chicken to Japan, which has high demand because chicken is
known as healthy food," said Shindo.
High production capacity at new poultry plant
According to Vanus Taepaisitphongse, CEO of Betragro Group, revenue of the joint-venture was expected to
increase by 50%, from Bt1.2 billion (€809 million) in 2007 to Bt1.8 billion
(€1.2 billion) in 2008, thanks to higher production capacity at the new
President of Ajinomoto Betagro Frozen Foods, Vasit Taepaisitphongse, said
the new poultry factory reflects the importance of the Japanese market and the
increasing demand in that country for high-quality frozen products.
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