September 3, 2010
Zhongpin finishes expansion of Anyang pork plant
Zhongpin Inc, a leading Chinese meat and food processing company, announced Thursday (Sep 2) that it has completed the five-month expansion and improvement of its pork plant in the city of Anyang in the Henan province.
The company invested about US$6.6 million in the reconstruction project to further improve the plant's pre-cooling room, slaughtering line equipment, refrigeration systems, sewage treatment system, and ancillary facilities.
With the expansion, Zhongpin has increased the plant's capacity by 35% to an annual capacity of 85,000 tonnes from the previous 63,000 tonnes. Chilled pork capacity now accounts for about 70% of the plant's capacity, up from the prior 60% of capacity. The plant's new operations are running well and will be producing at higher volumes in the near future.
Xianfu Zhu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Zhongpin Inc, explained, "Our improvements in this facility, especially for chilled pork, demonstrate our already good success in Anyang and the north China market. We believe the new capacity will help us meet the rapidly growing demand for high-quality chilled pork that we expect in north China during the next several years."
Zhongpin's Anyang plant began operations in September 2007. This expansion in 2010 was the plant's first major reconstruction. During the expansion, the Anyang plant's operations and pork distribution system to the market operated as usual.
North China is one of the company's important markets. The expansion in the Anyang plant will help satisfy the growing demand for Zhongpin's products in this important region.
Zhongpin Inc is a meat and food processing company that specialises in pork and pork products, vegetables, and fruits in China. Its distribution network in China covers 20 provinces plus Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, and Chongqing and includes more than 3,243 retail outlets. Zhongpin's export markets include the EU, Russia, Hong Kong, South Africa and Southeast Asia.