Ukrainian meat producer MHP reported export sales of chicken meat nearly tripled during the first quarter of 2013, when compared to the same quarter the previous year. Exports for the quarter ending March 31 reached 23,000 metric tons.

The company saw the biggest increases of export sales to Middle Eastern, Asian and African nations.

MHP also saw a 15 percent increase in poultry production during the quarter. Volumes for the quarter amounted to 103,420 metric tons, compared to 90,260 metric tons produced during the same quarter a year ago.

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The company attributes much of that growth to the completion of the poultry processing complex in Vinnytsia, which is fully operational and gradually increasing its capacity outcome.

MHP's sales of chicken meat also increased by 8 percent, reaching 91,720 metric tons.