Damate Group invests €2.2m in new turkey MDM freezing solution

By Aidan Fortune

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Damate Group invests €2.2m in new turkey MDM freezing solution

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Russian agricultural business Damate Group has invested €2.2m in a new turnkey solution for mechanical deboned meat (MDM) freezing operations.

The MDM freezing solution from Skaginn 3X is completely automatic from the infeed stage through to palletizing for Damate’s turkey division.

The high capacity, compact system, can run for extended periods of time and only requires de-frosting once a week. The solution for Damate Group is specifically designed for MDM freezing that is destined for sausage products and semi-finished products made from 100% turkey meat.

The system is comprised of two automatic contact freezers with automatic infeed and outfeed. Due to the compact design of the freezers, the system is easily integrated into existing product flows. The short loading time increases overall system capacity and ensures high product quality at lower running costs compared to traditional freezing systems.

Damate Group is the largest producer of turkey products in Russia and operates several production facilities in the country. It has produced over 131,000 tons of turkey meat in 2019, a 48% increase from the previous year. In 2020, Damate plans to increase this capacity up to 155,000 tons with the launch of a new processing plant equipped with the latest in innovative food processing technology.

“This year, we are launching a turkey processing plant, capable of processing 214 tons of product per day,”​ said Damate Group chairman of the board of directors Naum Babaev. “This increase in capacity requires a great amount of automation in the processing line. We feel the addition of the MDM solution from Skaginn 3X will ensure this increase in capacity will run smoothly and overall maintain the high-quality standards we work by.”

“Our onshore pelagic plants have been very well received by the market, especially here in Russia. We have worked with the world’s largest pelagic processors and designed solutions with automation, energy efficiency and low maintenance requirements in mind. We are now transferring this knowledge and experience to the poultry sector, working closely with Damate Group to ensure that their expectations are met,”​ said Pétur Jakob Pétursson, director of sales operations for Russia and Asia at Skaginn 3X.

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