CARGILL Inc. has opened a chicken processing plant at its industrial complex in Efremov, Russia, approximately 30 km south of Moscow, according to an announcement.
The plant, which represents an investment of $40 million, is Cargill's first chicken processing facility in Russia and will primarily supply Chicken McNuggets, chicken patties and other chicken products to McDonald's Corp. restaurants in the country.
Cargill said it is now identifying chicken growers in the area surrounding the plant to ensure that locally sourced chicken meets the animal welfare, food quality and food safety requirements of both Cargill and McDonald's.
The plant will have a capacity to produce 18,000 mt of chicken products per year, the announcement said.
Cargill has been on the ground in Russia since 1991 and has been operating out of Efremov since 1994. The complex there employs more than 1,000 people and includes a vegetable oil refinery that already supplies McDonald's restaurants, an animal feed mill, corn and wheat sweetener plants and a malt plant.
Cargill, headquartered in Minnetonka, Minn., is an international producer and marketer of agricultural, food, industrial and financial products and services and employs 142,000 people in more than 65 countries. It reported fiscal 2012 sales of $133.4 billion.