Foodmate, a leading provider of poultry processing equipment, announced it is opening a new office in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The development of the Brazil operation is part of Foodmate’s global expansion plans and a response to market demand.

“Foodmate has shown an outstanding global market expansion in the last few years, and the Brazilian market is no exception,” said David Hazenbroek, president of Foodmate B.V. “The demand of the Brazilian market could no longer be supported by our existing sales network, so we are excited to provide our customers in Brazil with a designated local office.”

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The new office will allow Foodmate to provide a larger array of products for that specific market. Foodmate Brazil is under the direction of Antonino Mascarenhas, who has more than 30 years of experience in the poultry industry.

“The Brazilian office will primarily serve the need for dark meat deboning, with machines such as the new OPTI LTD Dark Meat Deboning System, capable of deboning 6,000 whole legs per hour,” Mascarenhas said. “The company will continue to offer all Foodmate cut-up lines as well. The opening of Foodmate Brazil will allow the Brazilian market to have easier access to a more complete line of products. Our market is very demanding of high quality, and Foodmate products have proven to deliver the quality and relatively low cost of ownership, which is what is required in the Brazilian market.”

In addition to the dark meat deboning and cut-up systems, Foodmate Brazil will also offer specialized technical services and a spare parts warehouse.