Alliance Group is to invest $2 million in its Pukeuri plant in Oamaru as part of a wider programme to improve the health and safety of processing at the co-operative.
The wholly New Zealand farmer-owned co-operative will re-configure the plant’s beef slaughter chain to create a more comfortable and ergonomically-designed environment for staff and reduce the risk of injury during processing operations.
The project will also improve efficiency by enabling increased throughputs and facilitate the recovery of additional head meats.
David Surveyor, chief executive of Alliance Group, says: “This is another example of how we’re investing in our plants and communities to help keep our people safe and improve the efficiency of livestock processing so we can ultimately lift returns to our farmer shareholders.
“The changes are part of Alliance Group’s Manufacturing Excellence programme and will build on the improving operational performance within the cooperative.
“Alliance Group will continue to invest in our processing operations to ensure that our red meat production remains competitive on a global scale.
“This is being achieved in a variety of areas including lowering our operating costs and improving productivity, maximising yield and value and matching products to optimal market opportunities.”
He added: “This investment also reflects our commitment to our eight processing plants from Lorneville near Invercargill to Dannevirke in the southern Hawke’s Bay.
“We are working hard to strengthen the performance and productivity of our plants so we remain the leader in New Zealand red meat production.”