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Asia Pacific: Cargill spends US$50M on Thai poultry factory

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Cargill is investing US$50 million to expand poultry processing operations at its facility located in the Nakhon Ratchasima province in Thailand.

The expansion will create 1,400 jobs and add to the more than 13,500 employees that the company currently employs across 14 locations in the country.

Cargill will engage several independent smallholder broiler farms in the local community to meet the increase demand in broiler chicken.

The expansion is due to an increase in customer demand and strong customer confidence of the chicken products produced by Cargill in Thailand.

A new building annexed to the current facility began construction on October 21, 2016 and is expected to start operating in the first quarter of 2018.

“Cargill has been in the Thai poultry industry for 25 years and has grown to become the leading exporter of fully-cooked chicken products in the country,” said Hans Kabat, president of Cargill Protein Southeast Asia.

“This expansion is thanks to the confidence and trust our customers place in our products, our people and our commitment to deliver.”

Cargill Protein Southeast Asia has been steadily growing in this region thanks to growing customer demand and consumer appetite for poultry products in Asia Pacific.

In May, it formed a joint venture with Jollibee Foods Corporation to establish a poultry processing facility in the Philippines, creating 1,000 jobs in the process.

In September, it started a joint venture with leading agri-food business Japfa to produce and supply fully-cooked poultry products in Indonesia.