Cobb Europe has expanded its Norfolk factory, allowing for increased production.
The expansion involved constructing a new building around the existing hatchery.
The complex now has an increased capacity to set 1.5 million eggs. Upgrades include:
the installation of 12 new incubators using Petersime technology,
The expanded facility allows us better control of pure lines and to ultimately produce some of the most superior-quality products in the industry…” – Dominic Smith, production director for Europe.
Production and hatchery continued during the expansion. To maintain the health and biosecurity status of the product, the hatchery team took a number of precautions, including sectioning off portions of the hatchery, building false partitions, and creating a hazard analysis critical control point plan in partnership with the quality assurance team.
To keep disruption to a minimum, the project was completed in several phases.
Construction began in 2018 following the move of the Quality Control Centre — a sector of Cobb Europe that incorporates the highest standards of laboratory facilities, transport and service teams — to a new site in Norfolk.
Cobb Europe has plans in 2020 to introduce a trial and research area on the newly expanded site to focus on further understanding the needs of the genetics.
Dominic Smith, production director for Europe said: “Cobb’s commitment to our footprint in the region is clearly demonstrated by more than £8m invested into the project.”
“The expanded facility allows us better control of pure lines and to ultimately produce some of the most superior-quality products in the industry, allowing our customers to maximise the genetic potential of our birds.”