“Russian Pollock” switches to double-shift production

March 10, 2021 00:14

The onshore plant "Russian Pollock", built by the Russian Fishery Company (RFC) near Vladivostok, is expanding production volume switching to a double-shift operation, according to RFC.  Though, the factory is still far below the promised capacity, reports Megafishnet.com.

“Russian Fishery Company is the flagship of deep fish processing in the country. The company has been implementing this strategy since 2014 - through the modernization and renewal of the fleet and the development of onshore production,” commented Mikhail Degtyarenko, General Director of the “Russian Pollock” plant.

The plant is aimed at providing high-quality products, first, to the domestic market. Currently, the company's products (Pollock fillet) are sold by the Samberi Far East retail network. With the production expansion, it is planned to enter other retail chains of Primorye. Also, it is planned to start shipping the plant's products to Europe.

The processing facilities development allows RFC to replace the export of Pollock HG, which today is processed mainly in China.

“Moving away from raw material exports is not only a solution to today's problem related to the closure of Chinese ports for fish products. Increasing the export of deep-processed goods is a state priority enshrined in the national project “International cooperation and export”. The development of its own deep processing allows RFC to provide direct deliveries of the final product and guarantee its high quality. In particular, the standard of our plant excludes the use of moisture-retaining and other chemical components, which ensures 100% naturalness of the product,” explained Mikhail Degtyarenko.

Russian Pollock is the largest fish processing enterprise in the Primorsky Territory (Capital Vladivostok). The main products of the plant are blocks and single frozen Pollock fillets, as well as mince briquettes, steaks, etc. The plant design capacity is 155 tons of products per day and at least 20 tons per day of fish oil and fishmeal processed from the main production waste.  However, currently the factory is producing just about 5 MT per day.  Second shift will increase production rate twice, but it is still unclear what should be done to increase production seven more times and when it is going to happen.

According to the company, the capacities of the plant, as well as the new fleet under construction, will allow RFC to carry out its own deep processing of up to 100% of the catch.

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