Chilean family-run poultry business Ariztía is expanding its largest broiler hatchery at Malvilla, near San Antonio. The Malvilla expansion project will be installed in the first quarter of 2017.

As a leading international food business, Ariztía exports poultry and poultry meat products to more than 20 countries worldwide. The company is now eight years into a programme to upgrade four hatcheries with single-stage incubation technologies from Pas Reform. The latest expansion project uses SmartPro NF series incubators from Pas Reform.

The latest hatchery upgrade follows the expansion of a turkey hatchery in Tremolen, another broiler hatchery in Arica and the complete renovation of Aritzía’s Cobb GP hatchery at Lagunillas, also with Smart incubation from Pas Reform.

The Malvilla hatchery has always used a 54-egg tray for the incubation process which, due to fixed racks in the incubators, has been a labour-intensive, multi-stage process. With the installation of Pas Reform’s SmartSetPro NF series 24 trolley setters and SmartHatchPro NF series hatchers, more efficient, single-stage incubation will be introduced without any need to replace the trays, said Rolando Vera, head of hatcheries at Ariztia.

“This is the first step in renovating our entire Malvilla hatchery into a single-stage operation,” Vera said. “Where we have already introduced single-stage incubation at our other hatcheries, we have seen a marked improvement in hatchability and in the quality of the day-old chicks. We are confident that the Malvilla renovation will also deliver increased efficiencies and the improvements that we are looking for.”

In this first stage at Malvilla, Pas Reform will install six SmartSetPro NF 24 trolley setters, each with a capacity of 124,416 hatching eggs and 11 SmartHatchPro 6 hatchers, with individual capacities of 31,104.

Company owner and president Don Manuel Ariztía stated: “We have worked very satisfactorily with Pas Reform over the past eight years and we have seen improvements in our incubation systems.

“The fact that they can also deliver their SmartPro incubation technology on the 54-egg tray system that we use already in Malvilla is a real advantage for us.”