Cargill is investing $10 million to upgrade its integrated poultry plant in Saraburi, Thailand. A wide range of cooked poultry products is produced at the plant for food service chains, convenience stores, food manufacturers, retailers and distributors across Asia, Europe and North America.
"This investment enhances Cargill's ability to continue to provide our customers with the highest quality products and services," said Prasit Maekwatana, president of Cargill Thailand. "Our customers work each day to meet the changing demands of consumers around the world, and this investment reflects our commitment to help them succeed."
The planned upgrades, which are expected to be completed by July 2014, include investing in the plant's food safety system, installing more efficient equipment and expanding the facility's cold storage capabilities. Cargill also recently completed a $110 million expansion of its other poultry processing facility in Thailand, located in Korat. Together, the facilities have an annual production capacity of 80,000 metric tons.
The facilities are part of a fully integrated poultry supply chain that includes breeder facilities, hatcheries, feed mills, pullet farms and grow-out farms, processing plants and a product development facility.
"As one of Thailand's largest exporters of cooked poultry products, Cargill is proud to make products that are enjoyed by people all over the world," said Maekwatana. "We are equally proud to contribute to Thailand's economic growth, and these upgrades are just the latest example of 45 years of Cargill's investment in Thailand."
Cargill has been operating in Thailand since 1968 and currently employs about 12,000 people across 10 locations. In addition to its poultry processing operations, the company sources, processes and markets a wide range of products including agricultural commodities, animal feed, and food and beverage ingredients.