Paraná's number one supermarket chain, the Muffato Group, which is among the largest retailers in the country, began a new era in food processing and safety technology in June this year. Equipped with automated lines from Marel and Sulmaq, Muffato Foods opened in Cambé (PR) as one of the most modern food processing centers in Paraná. Equipment from the Sulmaq and Marel portfolio were chosen to provide the integrated and automated production solutions and the traceability system throughout the entire line, from carcass entry to weighing the finished product.
In this first phase, R$170 million were invested in infrastructure and technology in the 21,000 m² animal protein facility, with the capacity to debone 100 bovine carcasses per hour. The investment, which has generated 650 direct jobs, increases the availability and variety of high-quality, standardized fresh meats for its 80 stores.
"The purpose of the investment was to standardize our products, control costs, increase the shelf life, and above all, ensure the quality of the product that reaches our customers' tables," says the superintendent of Muffato Foods, Noroli do Nascimento. He believes that the equipment and software acquired from Marel are essential to meet the demands of customers who seek a safe and positive shopping experience.
"Besides the safety of the food, we guarantee, with this investment, the safety of the professionals who work in the plant," he adds. The superintendent also emphasizes the importance of connected equipment, which allows the monitoring and control of operations by sectors, instantly and remotely. Especially in secondary processing and deboning, this functionality enables online control of productivity, allowing access to operations data and traceability.