Chinese meat processor Zhongpin is to build a pork plant and logistics centre in the northern province of Jilin.

The company said yesterday (26 July) that it plans to spend US$61.5m on the project, which will be located in the county of Nong'an, which it claimed is the largest animal husbandry region in China.

Chairman and CEO Xianfu Zhu said: "This facility will be part of our plan to expand to national market coverage for our safe and high-quality food products. As with all our other expansions, we expect that the northeast market and our new operations will support the creation of additional value for our shareholders."

 

The new plant's annual production capacity will be 125,000 metric tons, with 70,000 for chilled pork, 25,000 for frozen pork, and 30,000 for prepared pork products. Zhongpin expects to process about 1.2 million hogs in its new plant each year.

The first phase of construction, which includes the production lines, cold-chain logistics and distribution systems for chilled and frozen pork, R&D centre, and employee living area, is scheduled to start construction in the third quarter of 2010, with trial pork production starting in the fourth quarter 2011.

The second phase, which will include production facilities for prepared pork products, will begin in the second quarter of 2011 and should be completed in the third quarter of 2012.