TBILISI, GEORGIA — Agrotop, a multinational poultry and livestock processor, announced on Nov. 3 its plan to build a new meat processing plant in the country of Georgia for food-producing company Chirina. 

The company expects to begin production within a year and generate eight to 10 tons of chicken products per day. Agrotop said the facility plans to produce sliced meats, sausages and cold cuts. 

“We have been working with Agrotop for over a decade, since Chirina took its very first step, and view this as a long-term relationship,” said Revaz Vashakidze, president of Chirina. “It was only natural for us to expand this partnership and build Georgia’s largest food processing plant. Our relationship is built on trust and I am sure we will continue to work together to realize more dreams.”

Chirina also said the move would help the company widen its product line. Currently, the company line includes chicken meat and hatching eggs.

When completed, the Agrotop will help Chirina with modern equipment for the 28,675-square-foot facility. The companies expect the plant to provide work for 30 employees.

“Chirina is a model for a full vertical integration poultry complex incorporating all the production chain, from seed to fresh meat,” said Gavriel Pelleg, Agrotop’s chief marketing officer and founding partner. “The new production plant incorporates the most advanced technology, which will include an innovative ventilation concept and the most sophisticated feeding and drinking systems.”

The Chirina poultry complex, which started in 2012 in Georgia, combines pullet, breeding and broiler farms capable of growing 5.65 million chickens. 

The complex holds a modern hatchery, meat processing plant, laboratory, grain elevator and grain fields. The current facility produces 24,000 tons of live chickens per year, which is more than 80% of Georgia’s meat production.