Alliance Group has invested more than $500,000 in an upgrade of its offal collection facilities at its Levin processing plant as part of plans to capture more product and open new market opportunities.
The project at the Hamaria Road plant has included increasing the size of the offal collection facility and the development of new facilities to capture eligible product for the petfood market.
“The enhanced offal collection facility provides us with the ability to collect more offal, particularly from beef, and to provide a greater range of product with wider market potential,” says Kerry Stevens, general manager processing at Alliance Group.
“The new petfood facility enables us to collect suitable product, which would previously have been directed to rendering.”
Alliance Group exports more than 15,000 metric tonnes of sheep and lamb inedible and edible offal to customers in 25 countries across the globe every year.
“All these measures are part of our ongoing strategic programme to increase efficiencies across our co-operative, maximise recovery of product, ensure our products are eligible for all markets and to help further lift returns for our farmer shareholders,” says Stevens.
The cooperative has embarked on a processing excellence programme to improve the operational performance across all plants, including Alliance Levin.
“We will continue to invest in our plants to ensure that red meat production continues to be competitive on a global scale and improve our productivity.”