Nõo meatpacking company opens €5 million cutting line ({{commentsTotal}})

Toomas (left) and Simmo Kruustük at Nõo Lihatööstus meat processing plant.
Toomas (left) and Simmo Kruustük at Nõo Lihatööstus meat processing plant. Source: (Margus Ansu/Postimees/Scanpix)

Estonian meat processing company AS Nõo Lihatööstus on Wednesday opened a new meat cutting facility which cost over €5 million and will employ ten new people.

Nõo Lihatööstus CEO Toomas Kruustük said that the new meat-cutting line can cut both pork and beef and will triple current production capacity. In addition, the quality and shelf life of the meats will improve as each piece will be analyzed and weighed by the line according to set parameters, the company said.

The cost of the construction and investment of meat cutting lines totaled more than €5 million, which is the largest ever investment made by AS Nõo Lihatööstus; the investment was financed with the company's own funds, loans as well as support measures of the Estonian Agricultural Registers and Information Board. Planning and construction work lasted for over three years, while the installation of equipment and carrying out of training lasted for nearly half a year.

Sales director Simmo Kruustük said that in recent years, demand for fresh pork and beef has increased significantly, which is why the company wants to expand its customer base on both the domestic and export markets by giving its products added value. In addition, the new cutting line will also enable the cutting of meat into specific sizes based on the wishes and demands of customers.

The new meat cutting building was designed by Projekt O2 OÜ and built by AS Ehitustrust. The equipment installed in the building is from an Icelandic company whose equipments has not been sold to the Baltic market before.

Noo Lihatoostus is a meat producer based on Estonian capital which employs 200 people. The company's product portfolio includes over 400 products which are marketed under different brands on both domestic and foreign markets.

Editor: Aili Vahtla

Source: BNS