Located in San Pedro Sula, the building of Cargill Honduras’ new hatchery wing is due for completion in the first quarter of 2018 and will increase production by 20%, reaching a capacity of 1.2 million day-old broilers per week.
Cargill Honduras, part of Minnesota-based Cargill, was the first of the business’ Central American regions to move into poultry production in 1975.
Jorge Duque, president of Cargill Colombia, said: “We have worked satisfactorily with Pas Reform for more than eight years now and have expanded our operation in Honduras several times. The current project is a logical next step in our aim to grow in the region and we are looking forward to integrating this new equipment into our operation.”
Part of the expansion includes the installation of equipment by Pas Reform Hatchery Technologies.
As part of the set-up and integration process early next year, Cargill Honduras is also planning to host a specialist Pas Reform training course – both for its Honduran staff and for other employees from Costa Rica and Nicaragua.
Duque said: “We have discussed the organisation of a special Pas Reform Academy week, so that we can benefit from the latest knowledge and advancements in poultry embryology and incubation.”
Ranulfo Ortiz, Pas Reform’s regional business development manager, added: “We are delighted with this contract, which demonstrates continuing trust in Pas Reform and our service team from a very important hatchery customer in Middle America.
“Further strengthening our service set-up is a key focus moving forward,” added Ortiz. “We are working on rolling out SmartCare service and support programmes with Cargill and indeed with all our customers in the region, as part of a strategy to ensure that we maintain the very high percentage hatch of fertiles that we have seen from the start in the hatchery in San Pedro Sula.”