OSI Food Solutions Spain has put their money where their mouth is and have put forth 17 million euros to fund a new production line to meet the demand of their chicken products in Spain and Portugal. Over the past decade, the chicken product demand has increased by 6% annually and 8% over the past 3 years annually. It was only a matter of time before management of OSI Food Solutions would take steps towards making this advancement a reality.
This investment includes a building addition for housing this operation, which includes: waste storage rooms, oil service areas, facility supply storage, shipping and receiving areas, nitrogen tanks, a kitchen, social area for employees and more. A new surveillance system was also put in to place. And as far as emergency fire situations are concerns, a new and advanced fire fighting system was installed to work accordingly.
In general, energy consumption in meat production facilities is commonly a concern; OSI has capitalized on this matter by employing a system designed to reduce energy consumption by the process of simply recovering waste heat from a refrigeration unit, as well as from a cogeneration system. These energy consumption systems have decreased energy consumption by 20 percent in the new production plant.
Managing director of OSI Spain, Jose Maria del Rio, is excited about the new extension and because of the increasing rate of demand over the past decade, OSI is anticipating future demands and is prepared for when it comes. With the new advancements in place, OSI will be able to meet the ever so growing demands of its customers.
The plant extension would draw interest from the regional government and as a result, the government would grant OSI Spain 1.5 million euros from its European Agricultural Fund. Being granted this money by the regional government is an honor as it suggests that a business is a highly valuable asset for the benefits of local economic growth.
OSI Food Solutions Spain has improved their production efforts to meet the increasing demand of the market, constructing a production line that can produce double of what their production was prior to the investment. As demand rises in Spain and Portugal, OSI Food Solutions Spain will be fully equipped to oblige accordingly.