October Business Update: What’s new in the world of poultry?

October Business Update: What’s new in the world of poultry?

We’re keeping our finger on the pulse and bring you a comprehensive summary of the latest business updates from the global poultry industry this October.

Cobb expands into Tanzania

To expand in Africa, Cobb has entered into a joint venture with the Irvine’s Group, which is the company’s oldest distributor selling Cobb products in Africa for over 72 years. The joint venture will open a new grandparent operation in Tanzania that will help supply East Africa with broiler breeding stock. This is the first time that Cobb will invest directly in Africa, according to the company’s VP EMEA & Asia-Pacific. The company notes that existing challenges of freight cost and avian influenza bans mean that current supply from Europe has become less reliable. This new joint venture is projected to help improve market access and reliability of supply.

Cobb China invests in hatchery expansion

Cobb China, a subsidiary of Cobb-Vantress, has announced the completion of its hatchery expansion in Suizhou city, Hubei. This expansion will increase capacity by 60%. The hatchery currently employs 68 people and will add another 13 in 2024.

Roxell announces new distributor in Ecuador

Roxell has chosen Avicorp as its new distributor in Ecuador and will sell Roxell’s 360 portfolio for poultry, turkeys and pigs in open and climate controlled houses.

Study shows positive benefits of Alltech’s Bioplex in layer production

A new study ‘The effect of organic trace mineral supplementation in the form of proteinates on performance and sustainability parameters in laying hens: a meta-analysis’ shows that the inclusion of Alltech’s Bioplex organic trace minerals in layer diets significantly benefits production performance and egg quality traits and contributes to a lower carbon footprint. The findings also suggest that the most bioavailable form of essential minerals is crucial for optimising health and performance in laying hens. The study combined data from 32 global studies involving 107 dietary assessments of 30,992 laying hens.

Innovation and sustainability in animal nutrition and grain processing at VICTAM LatAm

Held in São Paulo in October, the first edition of VICTAM LatAm attracted 4,327 visitors and gathered Brazilians and international players in the grain and animal nutrition processing industries, including pet food, aqua feed (fish farming), poultry, pigs, ruminants and large animals. International visitors came primarily from neighboring countries, including Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, Chile, Peru, Colombia and even Mexico. The next VICTAM LatAm will be held from 16-18 September 2025, again in Brazil.

Evonik and Shandong Vland Biotech partner in China

Evonik China and Shandong Vland Biotech have partnered to expand their presence in gut health solutions products for farm animals globally. Evonik will be the majority shareholder with 55% of the shares. The joint venture, called Evonik Vland Biotech (Shandong) Co., Ltd. will have its headquarters in Binzhou, China, and is planned to enter the market in Q1/2024.


Zinpro Corporation expands operations in Brazil

Zinpro Corporation, manufacturer of trace minerals and animal nutrition solutions, has opened its new blending facility in Marialva in Paraná, Brazil. According to the company’s CEO, Rob Sheffer, the new plant will bring increased flexibility to innovate and develop solutions for animals and producers.

Lallemand celebrates 1 century of yeast production in Montreal

Lallemand recently celebrated 100 years of yeast production at its production plant in Montreal. Lallemand now has a diverse and global presence in 50 countries over 5 continents, employs more than 5,000 employees and operates 48 production facilities, including 24 yeast and 10 bacteria plants.

The Alltech ONE World Tour will bring agriculture leaders to Dubai

Alltech will bring the ideas and inspiration of its annual ONE Conference to Dubai at the Alltech ONE World Tour where changemakers and thought leaders examine regional and local market trends in agriculture, business, health and nutrition. The conference, which takes place from 27-28 November at the Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre in Dubai, will explore species-specific nutrition and production topics in greater detail through 2 dedicated breakout sessions, one focused on dairy and the other on poultry, as well as an interactive panel discussion featuring industry experts.

Italy’s Officine Facco Spa acquires Sperotto Spa

Italian Officine Facco has announced the acquisition of Sperotto. “In Sperotto we have found a complementary company, a leader in the broiler sector and, moreover, as strong in turnkey project as Facco is for eggs,” said Elisa Finco, VP of Facco Spa, noting that an objective of the acquisition will be to enhance the internal production of carpentry and prefabricated steel constructions, currently Sperotto’s core business, which produces sheds. It is envisaged that this acquisition will open up new prospects in the international market.

Natalie Kinsley Freelance journalist
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