MSC logo to help RUSSIAN POLLOCK plant with export markets development
The Russian Pollock plant, built by the Russian Fishery Company (RFC, the largest pollock quota holder) in Primorye province (Capital Vladivostok) has received the Chain of Custody certificate of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), indicating compliance with the requirements of the MSC, reports Megafishnet.com.
According to RFC, the certification confirms the high quality of the company's business processes and the sustainability of production.
The plant's products will be marked with the MSC logo, indicating that they are caught and processed in full compliance with environmental standards and meet international quality standards.
"The entire production chain of the RFC group of companies, from catch to production, is certified for compliance with the MSC standards," says Mikhail Degtyarenko, General Director of the Russian Pollock plant. "This once again confirms that the company's activities do not harm the environment, and the fishing and processing of products are subject to effective management and comply with national and international standards."
The plant has also passed a product quality check for compliance with European standards and, following the certification, received an EU approval number enabling the facility to sell to European markets.
At the moment, the high-quality products of the Russian Pollock plant are distributed in such domestic locations as Primorsky Krai, Moscow, Moscow Region, Yekaterinburg, Krasnoyarsk, Novosibirsk, Irkutsk, Tatarstan, Bashkortostan and Ryazan. Meanwhile the plant intends to expand the geography of sales both domestically and for export. In particular, the first export shipments are planned to be forwarded to the European Union, North America and the Asian region.
According to RFC, the "Russian Pollock" is the largest fish processing enterprise in Primorsky Krai province. The main products include pollock fillet block-frozen and IQF, as well as mince briquettes, steaks, etc. In line with the plans, the factory has been increasing output but so far it is operating below design capacity of 155 tons of products per day and at least 20 tons per day of fish oil and fishmeal from the waste of the main production range.
The capacity of the plant, as well as the new fleet under construction, will allow RFC to do value-added processing of up to 100% of the company’s catch.