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Coho farmer plans $14.5m processing plant expansion

Photo: Salmones Aysén.
Photo: Salmones Aysén.

Coho salmon farmer Salmones Aysén is planning to spend US $14.5 million to increase production volume and improve facilities for workers at its processing facility in the Chilean salmon capital of Puerto Montt.

In an application to the Environmental Assessment Service, the company said it needs extra production capacity to meet a growing overseas demand for its finished chilled and frozen products. It plans to increase the volume of products (fillets or whole) from 70,000 to 90,000 units per day, a rise of almost 29%.

The average number of employees at the plant will be 450, rising to 1,300 at times of peak production.

Staff restaurant

Improvements for staff include a new staff restaurant which has a service capacity of approximately 1,000 to 1,300 people daily in three shifts.

A personnel area will have changing facilities, showers, and washrooms.

Work on the plant is expected to start in the second half of 2023.