Cargill, Jollibee break ground on the largest poultry processing plant in the Philippines
The plant will create additional 1000 new jobs
MANILA - Oct. 12, 2016 – Cargill and Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC) broke ground on a new poultry processing facility in Santo Tomas, Batangas in the Philippines on 10 October 2016. Paul Fullbright, Managing Director of the joint venture C-Joy Poultry Meats Production, led the ceremony and was joined by Mr. Fernando Siy Yu Jr., Chief Business Support Officer of JFC. Distinguished guests in attendance included key representatives from the US Embassy led by Deputy Chief of Mission Michael Klecheski and local government officials headed by Batangas Governor Hermilando Mandanas and Santo Tomas Vice Mayor Armenius Silva. Hans Kabat, President of Cargill Protein Southeast Asia, and Philip Soliven, Cargill’s Country Representative for the Philippines were also present to celebrate the important occasion.
The new plant will be the largest of its kind in the Philippines and is expected to process 45 million chickens per year to meet increasing consumer demand. The plant, which is expected to begin operations in the last quarter of next year, will create an estimated 1,000 new full time jobs and develop new opportunities in the farming community in Batangas and nearby provinces, as local poultry farmers are contracted to grow chicken to supply the requirements of the processing plant. The facility will provide JFC with dressed and marinated chicken to augment the chicken supply requirements of the growing needs of JFC brands.
Batangas Governor Mandanas cited the anticipated impact of the project to Batangas. “We express our gratitude to Cargill and Jollibee for choosing Batangas as the site of what probably is the biggest poultry plant in the country. I am confident that this will contribute in making Batangas to be one of the leading producers of chickens in Calabarzon. But more than this, I think the impact is the number of local people that you will employ and the number of farming livelihoods that you will help,” said Batangas Governor Mandanas.
Fullbright said: "This is a significant moment for Cargill as we start construction of our first poultry processing facility in the Philippines in partnership with Jollibee. It will be built to the highest standards in efficiency, employee safety and environmental sustainability. As Cargill does everywhere we do business, we will contribute in improving the system of hygiene, food safety, and quality in this world class facility and we look forward to having high level of partnership with the poultry growers and farmers. . The facility is a testament of the importance of the Philippines for Cargill and our continued commitment to invest in the country.”
"JFC looks forward to the completion and start of operations of this poultry processing facility. This plant, which will provide JFC with dressed and marinated chicken will augment the chicken supply to the fast growing JFC brands. This partnership will meaningfully benefit our customers, our operations as well as the overall Philippine food industry. We will continue to maintain our strong relationship with key chicken suppliers in the country and look forward to sustained long-term supply arrangements with them as our businesses grow together," said Yu.
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The JFC Group of Companies is one of the largest buyers of chicken in the Philippines. Its brands Jollibee, Mang Inasal, Chowking, Greenwich and Burger King franchise sell significant volume of chicken products. JFC has a broad system of product supply chain that includes 13 commissaries in the Philippines.
JFC operates the largest food service network in the Philippines. As of June 30, 2016, it was operating 2,528 restaurant outlets in the country: Jollibee brand 939, Chowking 457, Greenwich 237, Red Ribbon 378, Mang Inasal 455 and Burger King 62. Abroad, it was operating 655 stores: Yonghe King (China) 321, Hong Zhuang Yuan (China) 40, San Pin Wang (China) 59, Dunkin’ Donuts (China) 4, Jollibee 151 (US 33, Vietnam 79, Brunei 14, Saudi Arabia 10, Qatar 2, Kuwait 4, Hong Kong 1, Singapore 4, Bahrain 1 and UAE 3), Red Ribbon in the US 33, Chowking 44 (US 16, UAE, 20, Qatar 4, Oman 2, Kuwait 1 and Saudi Arabia 1), Jinja Bar (US) 3. The JFC Group had a total of 3,183 stores worldwide.
JFC also has a 50% interest in joint ventures for the following stores: Highlands Coffee (Vietnam, Philippines) 131, Pho 24 (Vietnam, Indonesia, Cambodia, Korea and Australia) 32, 12 Hotpot (China) 20, others 8; and a 40% interest in Smashburger that had 366 outlets, mostly in the United States. These joint ventures had a total of 557 stores worldwide.