A joint venture between American agribusiness Cargill and Asia’s largest foodservice firm Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC) officially opened the largest poultry plant in the Philippines on Tuesday, Cargill announced in a release.
The Cargill Joy Poultry Meats Production Inc. (C-Joy) plant in Santo Tomas, Batangas has a processing capacity of 45 million chickens/yr. Increased demand for JFC products in the country fueled the investment, according to the release.
“We are bringing protein to families’ tables across the Philippines. Cargill and Jollibee came together to start this plant because of our common commitment to the highest standards in product quality and food safety,” said Paul Fullbright, president and chief executive officer of C-Joy, in Cargill’s release. “This is reflected in this new plant which harnesses technology and global experience to deliver tasty chicken products in an environment which is safe for our employees and is environmentally sustainable.”
Poultry will be sourced from local farmers, providing economic opportunities for the area, the firm said. The plant will produce marinated and dressed chicken products.