French processed vegetables company Bonduelle Group has launched its third plant in Russia, located in the Shebekinsky district of the Belgorod region. The facilities have been set up at the location of the bankrupt SHOK plant (Shebekinsky Vegetable Plant LLC), the purchase of which the group had announced in June this year.
“Before the plant’s launch, the company did not freeze vegetables at Russian sites. Our two factories in the Kuban (Krasnodar Territory, Bonduelle-Krasnodar LLC and Kuban Canned LLC – IF) produce only canned products. Thus, the opening of this site is another step towards the diversification of Bonduelle’s business in Russia,” they said.
According to the Bonduelle-Belgorod press service, in four months the company has carried out a complete renovation of the plant, including major repairs and the replacement of equipment. The size of the investment was not disclosed. The new assets and additional equipment being installed at the production facility in the Belgorod Region will increase the production capacity of the Shebekinsky Plant to 10,000 tons of frozen products per year.
According to russiabusinesstoday.com¸ the plan is to use local raw materials for production and the company is already in touch with local growers.