April 10, 2019
Aviagen establishes joint venture with Peruvian poultry business
Aviagen Group and Rocio Group, a Peruvian family poultry business, have signed a strategic agreement for a joint venture, Aviagen announced.
Under the agreement, Avicola del Norte (Avinor), a Rocio Group company, becomes a subsidiary of Aviagen under the name Aviagen Peru. The new business will help Aviagen realise its vision to further expand its reach in Latin America and maximise value in the Peruvian market.
Aviagen Brazil was established in 2007, and Aviagen Peru will mark Aviagen's first direct presence in Latin America since the establishment of the Brazilian company. With a current and new sales, service and support team, as well as farms, hatcheries and other operations, Aviagen will be able to improve its parent stock (PS) production for the Peruvian market and better serve customers in the country.
Aviagen Peru will be based in Lima, the capital city of Peru, and poultry facilities are located in the city of Trujillo, La Libertad. Cesar Muro will remain as general manager for Aviagen Peru, reporting directly to Ivan Lauandos, president of Aviagen Latin America.
Avinor has been a distributor of Aviagen's Ross products in Peru since 1998.
"Because Latin America is a key region for Aviagen and highly strategic for the entire poultry industry, the joint venture is an important step for us. The new company will share our vision of providing the region with high-quality broiler breeding stock to produce a healthy and sustainable source of protein – as well as value-added service to help customers get the best performance and profitability," explained Aviagen CEO Jan Henriksen.
"Aviagen has always had a strategic vision of expansion in Latin America, believing the region will continue to increase its chicken production to meet consumption and export needs from the region. Peru has a strong history in poultry production, with excellent environmental conditions, thus making it a logical/strategic location," Lauandos said.
Ulises Quevedo, CEO of Rocio Group, added: "We were pioneers in supplying the Peruvian market, and today we further expanded our relationship with Aviagen and Avinor through the new company Aviagen Peru. Ours is a relationship based on mutual trust and sharing similar values."