Polish poultry industry eyes new investments
Polish poultry processor SuperDrob is planning to spend up to 120m zloty (US$39.6m) to set up a new poultry processing plant in Łodzka special economic zone (ŁSSE) in Poland’s central region.
The facility will create 450 new jobs. In addition to this, the company aims to open a new poultry farm under a ZL40m (US$13.2m) investment.
Meanwhile, Polish meat industry company PHP Karex has announced plans to open a new poultry farm in Mechowo, in Poland’s Western Pomerania region. Under the plan, the company will build six poultry houses with a capacity of 50,000 head. As a result, the new poultry farm will have a total capacity of 600,000 head, according to local news daily portalspozywczy.pl.
The facility will be located about 75 kilometres from the region’s capital city Szczecin. The company is currently in the process of securing the necessary permissions for its planned investment from local authorities.
PHP Karex owns a turkey farm in Mielęcin, in the country’s north-west. The amount of the planned investment was not disclosed by the Polish firm.
The move comes following the release of market data which shows that Polish meat industry players posted improved export sales for 2013. Last year, local companies exported 699,000 tonnes (t) of poultry meat, an increase of 9% compared with a year earlier, according to figures published by the state-run Agricultural Market Agency (ARR).
Chicken meat dominates Polish poultry exports, with 482,000t exported in 2013, while the country’s turkey meat exports totalled 133,000t, down 7% from 2012.
Poultry meat is also continuing to expand its share in the domestic meat market, which fosters further investments, according to data released by the country’s Institute of Agricultural and Food Economics (IERiGZ). In 2012, an average Pole consumed 26.6 kilogrammes (kg) of poultry, which represented more than 37% of the total Polish meat consumption per capita of 71.7kg.