San Miguel meat processing plants approved

By Aidan Fortune

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The Quezon plant aims to produce 10,000 metric tons of processed chicken per year
The Quezon plant aims to produce 10,000 metric tons of processed chicken per year

Related tags: Meat processing plants, Philippines, Chicken, Pork

The Philippine Board of Investments (BOI) has approved San Miguel Foods Inc’s (SMFI) application for two proposed meat processing plants in Sta Cruz, Davao del Sur and Pagbilao, Quezon.

SMFI is a subsidiary of San Miguel Pure Foods Co, Inc (SMPFC), the food division of San Miguel Corporation. SMFI has diversified products in the agro-industrial sector, with businesses ranging commercial feeds, poultry to pork and beef.

When completed, the PHP1.3 billion (bn) Davao del Sur and PHP1.1bn Quezon projects will be fully mechanised, integrated processing facilities by utilising the technology of electric stimulation in carcases.

According to SMFI, the technology will improve the quality of chicken by enhancing bleeding capability of carcase and meat tenderness even without maturation by chilling process. Both facilities will be constructed as ‘AAA’ plants in compliance with the standards set by the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS).
Eco-friendly processing plans

The plants will have blast freezers, chilled holding rooms, cold storage for frozen products and corresponding utilities. It will be also be equipped with cutting-edge wastewater treatment facilities in accordance with the country’s Clean Air Act and the presence of rendering plants to convert solid waste into poultry meals for its feed milling activities. The rendering plants will include bio-filters to help eliminate any foul odours within the facilities.

Both plants are scheduled to be operational by January 2018 and are expected to employ around 1,127 personnel between them.

‘Boost the domestic market’

The Davao del Sur plant is expected to produce 17,215 metric tons (MT) of dressed chicken and 16,892 MT of further processed chicken parts annually. The Quezon plant should have annual production of 10,009 MT of processed chicken and 22,972 MT of further processed chicken parts. Broilers will come from SMFI’s contract growers.

Ceferino Rodolfo, trade undersecretary and BOI managing head, welcomed the approval of the project: “The finished products will boost the domestic market demand, with further processed chicken parts targeted for established fast-food brands like Jollibee, McDonald’s and KFC within Mindanao, South Luzon and GMA areas.​”  

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