CHANGGE, China – Zhongpin Inc.’s trial production at its new Tianjin-based prepared pork plant was to begin on Sept. 30. Its new prepared pork plant is now in phase two; phase one focused on chilled and frozen pork and that phase was completed in January 2010. It has an annual production capacity of about 100,000 metric tons for chilled and frozen pork.

The total investment for phase two was about $22 million. It will produce sausages, hotdogs and other Chinese-style and western-style, low-temperature meat products.

"Our new prepared pork plant in our Tianjin cluster joins our plant for chilled and frozen pork that has been producing there since early 2010,” said Xianfu Zhu, chairman and chief executive officer. "We are very pleased with the good market acceptance and growth we have earned so far in greater Tianjin and the North China area. We believe our new facility will yield good market share increases for our prepared pork products in greater Tianjin. We are quite confident that the new facilities in Tianjin will satisfy the traditional strong market demand during the Chinese New Year in early 2012."