HKScan Corporation is centralizing its Baltic poultry production at its renovated Tabasalu, Estonia, facility. The unit was officially inaugurated in late September and, from the start of 2014, will be responsible for the slaughtering, cutting, deboning and processing of HKScan's poultry meat for the entire Baltic region.

The plant will take over the production of poultry products previously manufactured at the Loo facility near Tallinn, which retains certain activities such as poultry feed production. The site's hatchery, chicken farm and egg production units will also remain operational.

The Tabasalu facility has been modernized and expanded over recent years, and the last new lines are to be installed at the end of 2013. The expansion of the facility has increased its combined floor area by 5,000 m2 to a total of 13,000 m2. The €13.5 million (US$18.2 million) investment will enable Tallegg to double its Baltic production capacity and respond to growing demand for poultry products in Estonia and export markets.

"Bringing added capacity, this investment also enhances our technological capabilities, supporting the development of the Tallegg brand and improving the quality and shelf life or our products," said Teet Stoorm, general manager of HKScan Baltics. "The modernized facilities offer better working conditions for our employees, as process automation has eliminated the need for heavy manually handling."