Cherkizovo plans meat processing cluster in Tula
Cherkizovo Group, Russia's largest meat producer, intends to create a meat processing cluster in the Tula Region with support from the local government. Investment in the project’s initial phase will total RUB 3 billion ($40.83 million).
The initiative provides for the expansion of the existing Compass Foods capacities and construction of a new production unit for ready-to-cook products. Going forward, Cherkizovo Group is considering the construction of a slaughter facility for primary and industrial processing of pork meat, and a poultry processing plant. The food cluster construction in the Yefremov District of the Tula Region is expected to be completed by 2025.
"Cherkizovo is the acknowledged Russian leader in terms of meat processing volumes. We expect its investment project to stimulate the development of a biotechnology cluster in the Tula Region. I am confident that, thanks to our joint efforts, the food cluster will become one of the region’s most advanced agricultural facilities,” said Alexey Dyumin, Governor of the Tula Region.
“The Tula Region is a promising area for Cherkizovo Group’s expansion. The local government places special emphasis on the development of the agricultural sector – one of the region’s key industries. We anticipate long-term fruitful cooperation with local authorities aimed at creating a large processing cluster to increase the output of high-quality meat and poultry products,” commented Sergey Mikhailov, CEO of Cherkizovo Group.
Cherkizovo Group completed the acquisition of Cargill’s Compass Foods in autumn 2020. The plant’s capacity currently totals 20 ktpa of ready-to-cook poultry (nuggets and other products). The bulk of its output goes to McDonald’s, a global fast-food restaurant chain.
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