Russian Fishery Company expands at-sea processing
The Russian Fishery Company (RFC) expects to increase further the proportion of its pollock fillets frozen at sea. At the end of last year the company’s board approved additional expenditure through 2018, with the aim of 60% of pollock produced as sea-frozen fillets.
This will provide RFC with opportunities to direct larger volumes of its production to the domestic market and to meet the growing demand for high-quality fish products
RFC has already upgraded the production lines on four of its existing trawlers to increase the output of value-added products and the company has already seen a significant increase in its production of pollock fillets. Now there are plans to fit out six more trawlers with sophisticated fillet production lines, with these refits due to be carried out during the summer months.
"We are consistently increasing the high added-value proportion of our production,” said RFC general director Andrey Teterkin.
“In 2018, the Company plans to direct 30 to 40% of the pollock catch for fillet production. As we commission our new vessels - and we plan to build up to nine modern trawlers in the next five to six years - the share of production with high added value will approach 95%."
The increase in production and sales on the Russian market of high-quality sea-frozen primary pollock fillets will reduce the volume supplied to the international market of the secondary frozen fillet, produced from Russian raw materials by Chinese shore processing enterprises. This will contribute to the company's planned reduction in pollock production in Season B due to further processing of raw material on its vessels.
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