GEA Food Solutions delivered, installed and commissioned two 1000 mm wide processing lines for the new Cargill integrated poultry operation in Lai'an in the Anhui province of China.
On 2 September 2014, Cargill delivered its first shipment of chicken nuggets from one of the lines to McDonalds China, helping satisfy a sudden and unexpected increase in demand from the world's leading quick service restaurant chain. The first line processes chicken nuggets at a rate of 30 t per day while the second line processes boneless and bone-in poultry products.
The lines represent a €10 mill. order for GEA Food Solutions, who worked closely with GEA Refrigeration Technology for the deepfreeze and cooling part of the project (worth an additional €7 mill.). To realise the two lines in such a short time also meant working closely with partners like logistics and rigging specialists Convoy (Eindhoven, the Netherlands), and integrated packaging solutions provider Hellings Machinebouw (Sint Oedenrode, the Netherlands), who handled the transport belt automation around GEA SmartPacker vertical packaging machines.
Cargill officially inaugurated its world-class vertically integrated poultry operation in China in September 2013. The project covers each stage of the poultry supply chain, including chicken breeding, raising, feed production, hatching, slaughtering and processing. The facility has the capacity to process approximately 65 mill. chickens per year, as well as 176,000 t poultry products per year and is part of Cargill's support for the modernisation of agriculture and food safety in China.
Source: GEA Food Solutions