Damate increased turkey production by 33% up to 200 thousand tons in 2021

Turkey production

Damate Group, the largest turkey producer in Russia, increased turkey production by 33% up to 200 thousand tons in 2021. The positive dynamics of production volume growth was due to the systematic implementation of the company's turkey-breeding projects in Penza and Rostov regions.

Damate produced 158 thousand tons of turkey in Penza region. This is the result of the ongoing implementation of the project for expansion of the poultry complex up to 207 thousand tons per year. The project includes the construction of 128 poultry houses for rearing and fattening and high-tech infrastructure facilities by 2023. Last summer, the company opened Europe's largest turkey further processing plant with a capacity of 303 tons per day in the region. The plant produces cured sausages, hams, bologna-type sausages and sausage products, sous vide products, as well as ready-to-eat semi-finished products.

In Rostov region, turkey production increased 19 times compared to 2020 and amounted to 42,000 tons. Significant growth is associated with the restart of the largest turkey breeding complex in Rostov region with a capacity of 85 thousand tons of meat per year. The company quickly restored the work of 167 facilities and launched a full production cycle. An important step was the opening of a slaughter and processing plant, which helped to start the production of products and deliveries to federal and local networks. In 2021, Damate gradually brought capacities up to the planned targets.

It should be noted that last year the company has reached full self-sufficiency in hatching turkey egg in Rostov region. Damate is the only turkey producer in Russia that creates its own industrial parent flock. This will significantly reduce the dependence of Damate poultry business on the import of genetic material, reduce biological risks and increase egg quality indicators due to a shorter shelf life and by optimizing logistics.

The company's plans for the current year are to continue implementing projects in two regions and reach a production volume of 230,000 tons of turkey meat per year.