Cobb one step closer to the Chinese market

01-10-2018 | | |
Cobb one step closer to the Chinese market. Photo: Shutterstock
Cobb one step closer to the Chinese market. Photo: Shutterstock

Moves to supply Cobb genetics to far Eastern markets are in the pipeline following a decision by the New Zealand government to grant the company an Avian Transitional Facility certificate.

The move allows Cobb in New Zealand to import live poultry and poultry hatching eggs from approved countries and enable the firm to supply genetics to markets like China, Indonesia, Philippines and Thailand to help better meet the growing demand for chicken across Asia.

Pelayo Casanovas, general manager of Cobb Asia-Pacific, said the certificate of approval meant that the company was one step closer towards beginning production in New Zealand.

Breeding stock delivery set to start June 2019

Cobb has invested nearly $50m in building the pure-line facility at Huntly, which is expected to create approximately 100 jobs in the area. And the approval of the ATF means that Cobb New Zealand is expected to begin the delivery of breeding stock in June 2019

Barry Wards, specialist adviser for the New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI), said Cobb’s dedication to biosecurity was second to none.

Tony Mcdougal Freelance Journalist