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Grupo Fuertes, which continues to internationalize and currently operates in more than 80 countries, is in the process of building the largest turkey meat production plant in Russia, which will reach full capacity by the end of 2015.
Construction of the Tambovskaya Indeika plant is currently 40% complete. The project has a total price tag of 126 million euros (5.9 billion Russian rubles) and will create at least 1,000 direct jobs.
The objective of the joint venture between Grupo Fuertes and Grupo Cherkizovo, leading meat production holding companies in their respective countries, is to create an end-to-end turkey meat processing plant. Tambovskaya Indeika will draw on the expertise of Grupo Fuertes, which is a leader in turkey meat production in Spain with a 52% market share and is the fourth-largest producer in Europe.
Annual turkey consumption in Russia currently exceeds 100,000 tons
A plant is being built on a 9,300 hectare plot in the Pervomaisky and Staroyurevsky provinces, in the region of Tambov, designed with cutting-edge environmentally-friendly technology.
Annual turkey consumption in Russia currently exceeds 100,000 tons, expanding between 20% between 2009 and 2010. Industrial production over the same period grew by 46%. The share of imported turkey meat into Russia has been decreasing steadily and today imports account for approximately 30% of the market. Per capita consumption of turkey in Russia is 0.68 kg/year, i.e. considerably lower compared with other countries such as the US (7 kg) and Canada and certain European countries (4 kg).
Annual production by the Tambovskaya Indeika plant is expected to start at 25-30 thousand tons and capacity will be expanded in the future, to 50 thousand tons, enabling it to become a market leader in turkey in Russia, a sector that is expanding quickly and has notable scope for growth.