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Japanese Impressed by European Hatchery, Processing Facilities

15 July 2013

UK & SPAIN - An insight into the latest technology in hatcheries, farms and processing plants was provided for Japanese visitors from Matsusaka Farms and their customers during a week long visit to Cobb facilities in Spain and the UK.

The visit began at the state-of-the-art grandparent stock hatchery at Cobb Española, based in Dueñas in northern Spain, which was completely refurbished in 2012 and boasts the latest technology in hatch equipment and energy efficient systems.

Rafael Gil junior, general manager of Cobb Española which hosted the visit, commented: "It’s always a pleasure to have visitors from overseas. This provides a great opportunity to have open discussions and share knowledge on different practices."

The group then travelled north to Leon, where they visited Oblanca, a customer of Cobb Española. Brothers Oscar and Javier Oblanca, both involved in managing the family business, provided the group with a tour of their processing plant and a broiler farm as well as excellent hospitality.

In the UK the visitors had a tour of Cobb Europe’s new office in Colchester where they were given an overview of the current operations and heard about ongoing investment within the region to expand research and production facilities.

Then the group visited one of Cobb Europe’s UK customers Moy Park, where they saw a broiler farm and the company’s processing plant at Anwick in Lincolnshire, one of the most advanced in Europe.

"Our customers were very impressed by the facilities shown to us by Cobb Europe and Cobb Española," said Iwao Osumi, president of Matsusaka Farms. "The biggest change I saw since my last visit to the UK and Spain over 20 years ago is the consolidation of companies within both markets. The demand for domestic chicken is also very high, which is something we would like to see grow in Japan."

The Japanese visitors pictured at the Cobb Española hatchery in Spain

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