January 29, 2009

Cobb Europe acquires Kabir breeds


Cobb Europe Ltd. has acquired Kabir International, which specialises in coloured chickens for niche markets around the world.


The Kabir breed was established in Israel by the Katz family and has been owned for the past three years by the Italian Avizoo company headed by Dr Stefano Pollarini.


The Kabir gene pool includes a number of pure lines used to provide a range of products with specific coloured and naked neck characteristics. The gene pool is unique, considered to be close to the traditional fowl from which the modern broiler chicken has been developed.


Selection has always been focused on natural traits, bred to perform robustly in more extensive environments and organic systems. Typically they are grown to 80 to 90 days of age to enhance meat quality and flavour.


This acquisition, following the purchase last year of Hybro with a number of colored lines and the strategic partnership with Sasso, will put Cobb in a strong position to supply the coloured and alternative chicken markets in the future.


Steve Parsons, managing director of Cobb Europe, said, "At the same time Kabir gives us direct access to established markets in certain key countries in Italy and southern Europe. We see the Kabir range as being very much complementary to our existing color genetic products, while also allowing us to develop other alternative products through our strategic partner Sasso for particular market segments."