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Greenfields and expanding plants in Thailand and the Philippines

07 Mar 2018

South East Asian processors opt for Marel Poultry

Many poultry processors in the South East Asian region have recently opted for Marel Poultry solutions to expand and update their processing operations. This is because Marel Poultry is very successful in translating its global experience into local solutions, tailored to customer specific requirements.  Companies like Centaco and PS Poultry in Thailand, as well as Cargill and Ana's Breeders in the  Philippines have all stepped up to larger capacities or decided to build a greenfield plant using Marel Poultry solutions.

Centaco PoultryCENTACO

The Centaco Group was established in 1969 and started with a modest breeder farm. It has experienced steady growth and is now a fully, vertically integrated company, one of the leading independent agro-industry enterprises in Thailand. Centaco at present employs more than 3,000 people in 12 companies which individually excel in each of their fields, ranging from livestock breeding (both poultry and pork), farming, feed mill, animal health products, poultry processing and food production including fresh meat and further processing operations (Skyfood).

36 years ago, in 1981, Stork PMT installed a 4,000 bph (66 bpm) line at Centaco. It was Stork's first poultry processing line in South East Asia. Under the Centaco Group, CPC (Central Poultry Processing) has been supplying fresh chicken products ever since. Centaco is loyal to its start-up supplier and is going to upgrade its processing line with new Marel Poultry solutions. The upgrade consists of components and modular equipment extensions to expand the capacity of its existing line to 10,000 bph (160 bpm) as well as advanced processing equipment increasing the level of automation.

Pongsak / PS Poultry Company Ltd.PS POULTRY COMPANY LTD.

Pongsak Group in Chonburi, Thailand has four poultry industry companies under its umbrella. The business began in the mid-50s as a small family-run chicken processing plant. Today, its operations cover the whole spectrum of manufacturing, ranging from breeding farms to an industrial processing plant.

The company aims to process chicken into the highest quality end products, using the most advanced technologies and up-to-date know-how, which comply with general food safety regulations. Part of this commitment is the establishment of a completely new greenfield plant with an initial capacity of 6,000 bph (100 bpm).

Marel Poultry and PS Poultry have worked closely together in recent years to come to a solution, which meets performance and investment requirements for the first phase and which offers the flexibility of an upgrade to 12,000 bph (200 bpm) in the future without negatively affecting ongoing production.

Ana's Breeders FarmsANA’S BREEDERS FARMS

Ana’s Breeders Farms Inc. (ABFI), located in Davao City in the Philippines, is a vertically integrated company consisting of breeding farms, hatchery and processing plant operations. It also has subsidiaries involved in pigs and livestock, various processed meat products, packaging products, cold storage services, and ice production.

In its early beginning in 1975, it was known as Ana’s Poultry Farm, operating a rented farm of 2,000 layer hens and 2,000 broilers with only three employees. Nowadays, Ana's Breeders Farms is one of the pioneering producers of fresh chicken in the Philippines, producing its own flagship brand “Farmer's Fresh Chicken".

Two years ago, Ana's Breeders decided to considerably enlarge its processing capacity. It chose Marel Poultry for the supply of a complete processing line with a capacity of 6,000 bph (100 bpm). This line will be installed in the modern greenfield plant which Ana's Breeders is establishing on a beautiful plot of land – surrounded by the mango trees of a former orchard.


Cargill Philippines formed a joint venture with Jollibee Foods Corp. (JFC) to build and operate a brand new poultry processing plant in Batangas. The new plant will be the largest of its kind in the Philippines and is expected to process 45 million chickens per year to meet increasing consumer demand. The plant will create an estimated 1,000 new jobs and develop new opportunities in Batangas and nearby provinces, as local poultry farmers are contracted to grow chickens.

The facility will provide JFC with dressed and marinated chicken to meet the growing needs of JFC brands such as Chickenjoy, Greenwich and Chowking. The greenfield poultry processing plant in Batangas, for which Marel Poultry is the main equipment supplier, will have a capacity of 9,000 bph (150 bpm).