Chicken meat is increasingly accessible in Bolivia and consumption is growing gradually. “Forty years ago, its price was higher than beef; chicken was only served at festivities and events. Today, it’s the most consumed product in the country,” says Oscar Céspedes, owner of Avícola El Carmen.
Rely on Marel
Due to the increase in consumption over recent years, Avícola El Carmen decided to invest in the automation of those processes that directly influence yield, throughput and final product quality. “Customers want fresh product and, in order to meet this demand, we need a fast and hygienic process,” says Oscar Céspedes, who relied on Marel’s experience to update the evisceration process, install a vision grading and overhead whole product weighing system and install a new 7,200 bph [120 bpm] cut-up line.
The first step, which started up in the second half of 2014, was the updating of the evisceration line giving a new configuration which would meet the company’s future demands. The new Marel evisceration line consists of an automatic transfer system TR-DE, a vent cutter VC-16, a VO-20 Crosscut opening machine, a Nuova 24 eviscerator, a neck and skin inspection machine and an RW-16 RS washer. The VO-20 Crosscut deserves particular comment. Marel developed this carousel exclusively for the Latin American market. With the cavity opened transversely, legs can be tucked in, a common presentation for whole grillers in South America.