Cherkizovo Group began construction of new meat processing plant.

One of the leading processed meat and animal feed producers in Russia Cherkizovo Group began the construction of a new meat processing plant in November 2016.

Located in the suburban town of Kashira in the Kashirsky District of Moscow, the new plant will be one of the biggest meat processing facilities in Europe.

Cherkizovo is investing approximately RUB6bn ($92.78m) for the construction of the plant, representing the biggest investment ever made in the Moscow region’s food industry.

Considering the scale of the investment and the significance of the project, Cherkizovo has applied for the plant to be qualified as a strategic investment project.

The project will help Cherkizovo to expand its business in Moscow and create more than 200 new jobs in the region. The plant is scheduled to commence operations in 2017.

Cherkizovo’s new meat processing plant features and facilities

The processing plant will feature state-of-the-art equipment to produce high-quality, bio-safe meat products. With similar designs to plants in America and Europe, the plant will be the first fully-automated food processing plant in the region.

Besides the production unit, the plant will include warehouses, sausage packaging lines, and thermal cameras, which will also be automated.

The plant requires employees to unload the wagon at the beginning and end of the process. This will require fewer personnel than a traditional plant.

Designing a fully-automated plant and integrating it with other company-wide processes is expected to pose challenges for the company. Integration of plant manufacturing execution (MES) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems is expected to be one such difficulty.

Upon successful implementation of fully-automated systems in the new plant, Cherkizovo plans to implement the same in future projects. Through fully-automated systems, the company aims to achieve increased productivity and quality, eventually leading to increased competitiveness and consumer interest in their products.

The plant will also incorporate energy-efficient technologies to increase the efficiency of the manufacturing process.

Production at the new Russian plant

The plant will have the capacity to process 80t of meat a day or approximately 30,000t a year. It will primarily produce sausages and a variety of high-quality meat products including ham, deli meat, cutlets, and ready-to-cook products.

Being a vertically integrated company, raw material for the production will be supplied from the company’s other divisions. Chilled domestic pig meat raised at the company’s own pork complexes and beef from the farms in the Moscow area will be supplied to the plant to manufacture meat products.

Marketing commentary on Cherkizovo in Russia

Cherkizovo is the biggest producer of meat and animal feed in Russia and also one of the top producers of poultry, pork, and processed meat. Its production facilities include eight poultry production plants, 15 pork production units, six meat processing plants, and nine feed mills.

The new facility will complement Cherkizovo’s existing plants in Moscow, including the Mosselprom and Petelino poultry production facilities, and the Ozherelye feed mill.

More than 6,000 people from the region are currently working with the company.