The new facilities will be fitted with a total floorspace of 11,000 square metres. Mróz awarded the contract for construction work to local company PTB Nickel. Under the plan, the project is to set to complete by the end of March 2017.
“In close proximity to Borek Wielkopolski, on a surface of more than 22,000sq m, we will set up a modern production facility along with the necessary infrastructure,” Michal Nickel, the chief executive of PTB Nickel, told local news site Portalspozywczy.pl. “The investment in Karolew will be the first project we will carry out for Mróz group.”
The amount of the latest investment was not disclosed by the firms.
Mróz is based in Borek Wielkopolski, in Poland’s western region of Wielkopolska. The firm sells its products in 13 Polish regions, and supplies its output to a number of major retail chains. These include Carrefour, Intermarché, Piotr i Paweł and Elea. In addition to these foreign- and Polish-owned chains, Mróz sells its products through its own network of retail stores, located in Western Poland.
Expanded product range
The meat processor specialises in making various products from pork, poultry and rabbit meat. Its range comprises more than 150 products, including sausages, hams, pâtés, frankfurters, bacon, smoked meat, and other processed meat products, according to data released by Mróz. The firm said it markets its output under the brands of Mróz Classic, Mróz Exclusive and Prawdziwe Mięso (Authentic Meat).
In the Polish market, Mróz owns a total of 16 pig farms, which are responsible for the majority of the company’s meat output. The farms supply some 100,000 porkers to the meat processor.
The Polish meat processor was set up as a family business in 1989 by local businessman Wojciech Mróz, who currently serves as its chief executive.
Mróz said the company’s meat processing facility in Borek Wielkopolski is enabled to make about 30,000 tonnes per year. The firm said its plant was equipped with machinery supplied by a number of producers, such as Multivac, Atmos Foodco, Lutetia, Kramer Grabe, Laska, Handtmann and Vemag.
Mróz also operates a slaughtering facility with a capacity of at least 150 head per hour, acquired from German manufacturer Vogt. The meat processor’s facilities are HACCP-certified, according to data from Mróz. The Polish group has more than 1,500 employees.
Karolew is located about 300km from the country’s capital Warsaw.
Meanwhile, the country’s Agricultural Market Agency (ARR) expects Poland’s pork consumption to total about 40kg per capita in 2016. This would represent a decrease of about 4.1% compared with a year earlier, but it would be higher than in 2014, when Poles consumed an average of 39.1kg of pork meat, according to the agency.