Posted: Saturday, May 15, 2021. 4:54 pm CST.
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Caribbean Chicken raised 3.73 million chickens last year according to Ruben Froese of the company’s Board of Directors.
Speaking on Friday at a community gathering in Blue Creek to welcome Minister of Agriculture, Fооd Ѕесurіtу, аnd Еntеrрrіѕе (MAFSE) Јоѕе Аbеlаrdо Маі who was touring the farming communities in the Orange Walk District, Froese said Caribbean Chicken “was founded in 1988 after a group of broiler farmers saw the potential for a chicken processing facility in Blue Creek that would open employment opportunities and the potential for family farms that would be a source of income.”
From then Caribbean Chicken has expanded and now has a state-of-the-art chicken facility and a hatchery at the Mennonite community of Blue Creek.
“The 2019/2020 12-month production period saw 3,739,000 birds raised which is approximately 17,946,000 pounds live weight or 14,955,000 pounds dressed weight, 14,000 turkeys where processed, and 37,804 cases of table eggs,” Froese said.
“The Blue Creek Hatchery produced 6 million broiler chicks, 50,000 layer chicks, 15,000 turkeys, feed manufactured was 32,000,000 pounds,” he added.
“At Caribbean Chicken, we are excited to work along with our current Ministry of Agriculture in forging new relationships and moving the poultry sector to new levels, whether it is in potential export markets or in finding new ways to add value to our products in order to build a more resilient economy,” said Froese.
“I would like to commend our Minister of Agriculture for his outstanding efforts towards the agricultural sector and anticipate more meetings in the near future.”
Froese said that Caribbean Chicken is comprised of 48 shareholders/farmers.
The company employs 300 people at the Caribbean Chicken operating plant and 75 at the Blue Creek Hatchery.
Recently Caribbean Chicken “invested in a new solar project in 2020 both at the processing plant and at the Blue Creek Hatchery” which generates “approximately 23% of our consumption with solar energy.”
Froese said that in 33 years of operations the company has grown considerably.
He said that in 2003, they acquired Homestead Acres, a small processing facility in Cayo, which became an outlet store.
In 2006, Caribbean Chicken made its biggest investment by opening a new, modern facility,
In 2009, Blue Creek Hatchery, which was a partnership company since it was started in 1995, became a fully owned asset of Caribbean Chicken.
Froese said that being responsible for the fertile egg production, hatching and feed manufacturing, the Blue Creek Hatchery is crucial to the company.
“In 2017, Caribbean Chicken achieved HACCP compliance from BAHA which has benefited both the company and its customers,” concluded Froese.
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