Legs and thighs are poultry’s unsung heroes
When everything comes together
26 Aug 2015
The Multihead Weighers from Marel Stork are a great addition to our facility. After installing the machine for fresh products in January 2014, we could reduce labor costs by about 50% on the fresh line and free up some space. Additionally, we have a higher capacity now and reduced giveaway.
- Pedro Camilo Morais, Corporate Industrial Manager GTFoods
The GTFoods Group is one of the largest poultry processors in Brazil and covers everything from feed factories over hatcheries and egg production to slaughter houses and processing plants. Since its start in 1992, the group has been growing steadily and now owns 26 facilities, exporting to over 70 countries in addition to producing for the local Brazilian market. The biggest facility is in Maringá with a total of around 2,600 employees that handle 180,000 broilers every day in two shifts.
At this Maringá facility the GTFoods Group, together with Marel Stork, has installed three Multihead Weighers – one Multihead Weigher for fresh poultry and two for IQF poultry products. On the machine for fresh poultry products, the company is batching 2kg bags of breast fillets for the export market. This solution was installed in place of a manual packing line. On the other Multiheads GTFoods batches 1kg and 2kg jobs of a range of frozen products.
GTFoods Group and Marel Stork have been working together for almost 10 years now and have established an excellent working relationship. After meeting at exhibitions in the beginning, several installations have been completed – the three Multihead Weighers being the latest. “The Multihead Weighers from Marel Stork are a great addition to our facility. After installing the machine for fresh products in January 2014, we could reduce labor costs by about 50% on the fresh line and free up some space. Additionally, we have a higher capacity now and reduced giveaway,” says Pedro Camilo Morais, Corporate Industrial Manager. “The lines for the IQF products were started up in July 2014 and new to us. We’re very happy with the performance of our Multihead Weighers; since the installation of the three machines we haven’t had any maintenance issues at all.”
The next steps
Always looking ahead, GTFoods Group and Marel are already considering new projects for 2016. Together the two companies are now looking at the installation of two additional Multihead Weighers for fresh products at a second processing plant. As Morais says: “Marel Stork has been a great partner to us so it’s natural for us to involve them in our future plans.”