Yelets, Russia – August 11 – Cherkizovo Group has launched its own oil extraction plant, Russia’s largest high-protein oilseed processing facility. The opening ceremony was attended by the Company’s top management and high-ranking officials from the Ministry of Agriculture and the Lipetsk Region’s government.
Cherkizovo-Oils OEP in Yelets, the second biggest city in the Lipetsk Region, is conveniently located near a railway hub and the M4 (Don) Federal Highway. Investment in the plant exceeded RUB 10 bn. The project was implemented with the financial support of Russian Agricultural Bank.
The new OEP is Russia’s largest facility for processing high-protein oilseeds (mainly soy), with a capacity of about 1 million tonnes of soybeans per year (2,500 tonnes per day). Some of that soy comes from Cherkizovo Group's own fields. The plant will produce soybean oil, meal, hulls, and lecithin to supply the Company's nine feed mills across Russia. It is also expected to provide exports for China, the CIS, and other regions.
The construction of the plant started in 2020. It boasts cutting-edge equipment from such global leaders as Laidig and Europa Crown and has a unique meal storage system unmatched in Russia that prevents the product from coming into contact with the external environment. The plant is to be serviced by an elevator with a capacity of 220,000 tonnes at a time that may be doubled later and a railway station capable of handling over 100 cars.
Russia’s Minister of Agriculture Dmitry Patrushev and Governor of the Lipetsk Region Igor Artamonov took part in the OEP opening ceremony.
Petelinka, one of Cherkizovo Group’s flagship brands and the best-selling chicken product, has entered into partnership with the iconic GUM Ice Rink, which opens annually on Red Square. This year, visitors will have an opportunity to take a break in the cozy Petelinka cottage and take photos next to a Christmas tree standing on chicken legs.
Cherkizovo Group employees have held a volunteer event supported by the Ray Foundation for Helping Homeless Animals. They brought food, medicines and other useful supplies to two Moscow shelters and helped with dog walking.
Cherkizovo Group’s chicken and turkey products have once again been awarded the annual Product of the Year title, with flagship brands Petelinka and Pava-Pava winning two categories of the award.
Cherkizovo Group, Russia's largest meat producer, is taking part in Our Brand, an international food festival in Ufa. The Company showcased its products during a tasting session at its stand.