Marel sells tilapia processing line
Marel Chile on Saturday announced the largest single sale in the company’s history, following the purchase of a purpose-built tilapia processing line by Costa Rican processor Terrapez, a member of the AquaCorporacion Internacional Group.
Powered by Innova production management software, the line consists of a raw material grader, filleting and trimming lines, fillet grader, scales, conveyors and chilling tanks and, when fully operational, will process a minimum of 20,000 tons of fish annually for the Canas-based company.
“This sale represents another step in Marel’s strategy of focusing increasingly on the rapidly growing markets of Central America and the Far East for farmed fish species such as tilapia and pangasius, and we have been establishing a growing presence in both regions,” said Jón Haraldur Haraldsson, Panama-based sales manager. “Faster processing times, better management tools, increased yield and better product handling mean that the system will pay for itself in a very short time, and this was a major factor in Terrapez choosing Marel as its processing partner.”