Cherkizovo Group is reaffirming its ability to provide an uninterrupted and sufficient supply of meat and poultry products to Russian consumers amid the present shopping surge brought on by uncertainties due to the coronavirus pandemic.
At the same time, the company is taking measures to protect its employees during the pandemic.
“Over the last few days, Cherkizovo Group, just like other Russian food manufacturers, has seen a spike in demand across several regions. Now more than ever, we are keenly aware of our responsibility as an industry leader to ensure a steady supply of important meat products. We want to assure our customers and partners that the production and delivery volumes of our high-quality meats are going to remain completely the same,” Sergey Mikhailov, CEO of Cherkizovo Group, said in a press release.
Cherkizovo operates nine poultry farms, 16 pig farms, and eight meat processing plants throughout the country, from Kaliningrad to the Altai Territory. All of the company’s facilities are operating as normal and ship their products daily. If requested by retailers, Cherkizovo can ramp up and redistribute supplies, and deliver the bulk of its products directly to stores.
Employee health and safety
While the coronavirus pandemic is going on, Cherkizovo said it is prioritizing the safety of its employees. To mitigate the risk of a COVID-19 infection, the company has banned all international business trips and participation in any events. The number of external meetings and partner visits to offices or sites has been kept to a minimum, and some office employees are working from home. Cherkizovo has also scaled up the disinfection measures at its office and production facilities.
Cherkizovo Group has tightened its biosafety standards even further, ensuring that no third party can access its production sites.
Over the past years, the company has spent hundreds of millions of rubles on disinfection solutions for people and vehicles, truck washes, and continuous sanitation systems. In its operations, Cherkizovo said it adheres to the requirements and guidelines of the Russian government, the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance, and the Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing.
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