This month the company opened a multi-protein further processing plant and an adjacent integrated poultry operation in Xinhua, Henan Province.
The 208,000m2 further processing plant will process poultry and beef products for customers in China and abroad, and will be OSI’s largest food processing facility globally. The plant currently has capacity to process par-fried and fully cooked chicken products, and will be expanded by 2016 to include high-speed lines and value-added beef processing facilities.
The plant will get raw material from the adjacent DaOSI poultry operation, which is a joint venture between OSI and Chinese poultry producers Doyoo Group. The plant is halal-certified and has the capacity to process 120m birds per year, making it the largest single poultry processing facility in China.
DaOSI also owns breeder and broiler farms, a hatchery and a feed mill capable of producting 800,000 tonnes of feed annually, making it a fully integrated operation.
The Henan operation is OSI’s third fully vertically-integrated poultry operation in China, with existing operations in Shandong and Fujian provinces. The company said the new addition would put OSI on track to process more than 300m birds a year.
Brent Afman, senior vice-president and managing director for OSI’s Asia-Pacific region, said: “In total, OSI Henan will become the largest further processing facility for value-added meat in all of Asia. OSI Henan will have the capability to support our valued customers’ growth plans for years to come.”
OSI president and chief operating officer David McDonald added: “We have invested a great deal in China and are quite appreciative of the growth here. There is no other place in the world growing as quickly as China, and we feel fortunate to be a part of it. We look at China as the number one growth effort among all of our global activities.”