We’re keeping our finger on the pulse and bring you a summary of the latest business updates from the global poultry industry this March.
Charoen Pokphand Foods (CP Foods) plans to expand the production capacity of cage-free eggs by 4 million to 20 million in 2022 and prepares to export to Hong Kong. The movement is to meet the rising demand for high animal welfare standard and antibiotic-free products.
Nearly 156,000 meals were donated to more than 832 charities in 2021 using 65.4 tonnes of chicken supplied by Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) and Aviagen from their jointly owned poultry processing plant in Edinburgh to the UK food redistribution charity, FareShare. As well as cutting down on food waste, the chicken donations saved the equivalent of 104.64 tonnes of CO2 and 98,100,00 litres of water. SRUC and Aviagen started donating chicken to FareShare at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic in April 2020 to alleviate stock pressures caused by the closure of hospitality and food services during lockdown.
Hamlet Protein is being featured in the 50 Global Leaders Series which is a series of documentary films broadcast by Reuters showing how industries are set to evolve in a rapidly changing landscape. The company represents the animal nutrition industry in the segment ‘Global food security – the evolution of livestock nutrition management’ and explores how the company can contribute to feeding a growing world population.
Roxell has launched the Oxsano variable speed tunnel fan in fiberglass. The company says that the growth stages of chickens and changing weather conditions require flexible ventilation that can handle variation, which is what this product was designed for. The 140cm/55-inch fan tunnel fan has an airflow of 30 300 CFM and an efficiency ratio of 20 CFM/watt.
Royal DSM has achieved International Organisation Standard (ISO) lifecycle assessment assurance by DNV for its intelligent sustainability service, Sustell, which measures the environmental footprint of animal protein production.
Zoetis notes that this year, the poultry industry celebrates a significant milestone: 30 years since in ovo vaccination was used commercially for the first time. In 1992, the Inovoject device launched by Embrex was a major advance in poultry health, ending the impact of Marek’s Disease on poultry flocks in the US. Since then, the technology has continued to develop and expand to cover other common poultry diseases thanks to automated vaccination.
Evonik will build a methyl mercaptan plant at its site in Mobile, Alabama, in the US. Methyl mercaptan is an intermediate in the production of MetAmino (DL-methionine) and is currently sourced from third parties. The plant is scheduled to come on stream in the second half of 2024, and the investment budget of the project is about €150 million over 3 years. The investment is also a building block of the division’s sustainability strategy and will reduce the carbon footprint of DL-methionine from Mobile by about 7%.