CHAVEEVAN GROUP: Bt2 bn to go into new poultry plant

Chon Buri complex to be certified next year for exports to European Union Chaveevan Group, a leading poultry processor and exporter, plans to invest Bt2 billion over two years in a vertically integrated manufacturing complex that can compete against producers in low-cost countries and meet the high hygienic standards of its major markets. Chaveevan Kampa, chairman and founder of the local group, said the complex, consisting of five projects - a slaughterhouse, a processing plant, a feed mill, a broiler farm and a breeder farm - will be located in Sri Racha, Chon Buri. It is being built to ensure that the company's raw materials and its finished products are top quality, from farm to table. Construction of the automatic slaughterhouse, belonging to the group subsidiary Thai Poultry Group Co, began a year ago and took eight months to finish. The slaughterhouse, costing more than Bt400 million, will prepare up to 10,000 broilers per hour to supply the processing plant, which is under construction. When the Bt300-million plant becomes operational in March it will focus on ready-to-eat products for export. The group's first feed mill, with a total capacity of 30 tonnes per hour, is scheduled for completion in the middle of next year. The project costs more than Bt300 million. To ensure raw material supply, a new company called TPG Farm will be set up to expand the group's broiler farm to raise two million hens per year. The Bt500-million project will be located on 720 rai. The hatchery and breeder farm will also be expanded next year. However, the total number of eggs and hens has not yet been decided. Of the total investment, Bt200 million will go to improve Chaveevan International Foods Co (CIF), the group's existing processing plant in Samut Prakan, Chaveevan said. With the new complex coming on stream, the group targets sales of Bt1.7 billion next year, compared to Bt1.5 billion expected for this year. CIF general manager David R Santos said the integrated complex would ensure quality control of all manufacturing processes. "We aren't doing these projects to become the biggest integrated operation in Thailand. We want to make sure that what we're producing is the best," he said. The new slaughterhouse and processing plant are expected to receive Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) and Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) certifications by the middle of next year so that the chicken products will be acceptable to the European Union. Achara Pongvutitham THE NATION


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