CAMPINAS, Brazil – The Brazilian expansion of Aviagen® continues at a fast pace, with more investments in modern facilities and equipment. Aviagen’s goal is to better serve customers through ongoing improvements in the production supply chain in all of Latin America.
Broadening its current production network, Aviagen's recent investments include three new facilities: two grandparent stock (GPS) production farms located in Capinzal and Caçador (both located in Santa Catarina state), and a parent stock (PS) hatchery in Carambeí, state of Parana, Brazil.
Boosting production with focus on quality
The additions will amplify Aviagen’s current production capacity by 5.5 millions PS per year. The company has also invested in two new state-of-the-art, climate- and humidity-controlled trucks for safe transportation of quality Ross® chicks.
"The advanced features of these trucks helps ensure the quality and welfare of our chicks as they are delivered safely to our customers," commented Giovana Nicoletti, Quality Coordinator for Aviagen.
According to Edison Rios, Aviagen Logistics and Supply Manager, the company is in the process of further increasing its vehicle fleet.
Better biosecurity safeguards supply
Another focus of the expansion is a strong biosecurity system to keep harmful pathogens away from the birds and, in turn, protect the welfare of the birds and a healthy supply to customers. One important biosecurity feature is physical isolation from other bird populations and equipment.
According to Aviagen Brazil’s General Manager of Production Mário Sérgio Assayag, the expansion will offer greater agility in service and supply to customers in the Southern region. "The facilities are close to the biggest domestic poultry production in Brazil and several large customers, which facilitates the distribution of Ross birds and enhances overall bird health and welfare.”
Gearing up for an optimistic future
The steady development in Brazilian facilities is part of the company’s strategy to meet a strong demand for Ross birds in Latin America.
To prepare for this growth, Aviagen has invested heavily over the past two years to increase its GP and PS production capacity on farms and hatcheries throughout Brazil. And to further strengthen customer service and boost security of supply to customers all over Latin America, earlier this year Aviagen established new operations in Peru and Colombia.
For Ivan Lauandos, president of Aviagen in Latin America, the investments reinforce the company’s commitment to the advancement of the industry in Brazil and Latin America. "These new units play a strategic role in our goal to expand and strengthen our distribution in a region with a high demand for chicken meat," he emphasized. “Latin America has seen tremendous growth over the years and we work tirelessly to improve our products, collaborating with our customers and the wider poultry industry to feed the world with a quality and affordable protein source.”