The Kekén pork processing plant will double in size by 2020. Photo: Courtesy

A pork processing plant in Umán will spend US$350 million in the next two years to double its capacity.

By then, the Kekén processing plant will have generated 2,000 jobs, said the company’s general director, Claudio Freixes Catalá. Another 200 positions will be generated in the food sector across the state.

Freixes led a press tour of the plant, accompanied by the head of the Ministry of Economic Development (Sefoe), Ernesto Herrera Novelo.

Currently, the firm’s food factory produces 40,000 tons of pork per month, yielded from 30,000 pigs. But the expansion will produce between 60,000 and 100,000 tons of product. At least 45,000 pigs will be slaughtered every month to meet demand.

Grupo Porcícola Mexicano, which owns the plant, relies on a supply chain from various farmers throughout Yucatán. The corporation helps small farms with credit and infrastructure, said Freixes.

“We continue to grow in this form of shared value, where farmers or ejidatarios have become small business owners of farms, helping us to send products to Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, the United States and Canada,” he said.

The leader remarked on the company’s success in Yucatán.

“Kekén has not always had the size it has today; we have a hard time competing in the international environment with countries like the United States, Canada and Denmark. However, we are very proud of being able to be present in the most demanding markets thanks to the work of our people,” said Freixes.

Source: Press Release