Almarai, the largest dairy producer in the Gulf region, has recently decided to invest a substantial amount, SAR4bn (€800m), in its poultry activities. This investment is part of Almarai’s long-term vision to take full advantage of the opportunities the poultry market will bring. One of the steps in this investment plan is an order for Meyn-Ishida of a complete wall-to-wall processing facility in Hail, Saudi Arabia. The output capacity of the facility will be 2 x 12,000 birds per hour and consists of 16 weighing and packing lines.
Howard Davis, Almarai’s general manager poultry, said: “Our new factory will manufacture under our poultry brand name Alyoum. Alyoum means ‘today’, and the focus of our business is to offer our consumers fresh poultry products of consistently superior quality. ‘Quality you can trust’ is the foundation of all the products in the Almarai range, whether poultry, dairy, bakery, or other categories.”
He added: “With Meyn-Ishida we have selected a dedicated business partner who will deliver a fully integrated processing, packing, and packaging solution. This will enable the product quality we, and our consumers, require, as well as provide an attractive operating environment from both management and financial perspectives.”
Meyn-Ishida combines the poultry processing expertise of Meyn with the weighing, packing and end-of-line know-how of Ishida to offer a full range of integrated systems and equipment. Since January 2011, the alliance has been awarded several high-value international contracts, including fully integrated plants in Russia (Valujki and Tambov), Wipasz (Poland) and Chile.
Meyn-Ishida offers competitive wall-to-wall solutions in the poultry processing marketplace, delivering the highest yields, cutting giveaway to the absolute minimum, and realising optimal total cost of ownership for its business partners.