November 26, 2007


Ajinomoto opens Asia's largest poultry plant in Thailand



Ajinomoto Frozen Foods announced the launching of Asia's biggest chicken processing plant in Thailand.


The plant's initial annual capacity at 24,000 tonnes is projected to increase to 30,000 tonnes in the second phase.


Ajinomoto Betagro Frozen Foods is a 36.8-million- dollar joint venture between the Japanese food manufacturing giant and Thailand's agro-industry conglomerate Betagro Group.


The venture was officially launched Friday in Lop Buri province, 100 kilometres north of Bangkok.


The plant will produce a wide range of products for the Japanese market including deep-fried, roasted and charcoal grilled chicken.


Daiji Shindo, president and chief executive officer of Ajinomoto Frozen Foods, said the company is confident on exporting huge amounts of processed chicken to Japan.


Shindo added that Japanese consumers have more confidence in Thai chicken than Chinese imports due to recent health scares involving Chinese products.


Meanwhile, the Ajinomoto Betagro Specialty Foods division will produce frozen processed pork products and has added new lines including a fry facility, to increase current production capacity to 9,000 tonnes.


Ajinomoto currently operates eight production plants outside of Japan, including four in China, three in Thailand and one in the United States.