CPF moves into the Philippines
Thai agro-business giant Charoen Pokphand Foods has announced to set up a
subsidiary company in the Philippines.
CPF, the flagship of Charoen Pokphand Group and Thailands biggest
agribusiness and food conglomerate, moves to the islands to put up a company
with livestock and aquaculture operations.
In a letter
to the Thai stock exchange CPF said it would invest approximately 37 million
baht (€866,000) for its new subsidiary, to be called CPF Philippines.
new company in the Philippines, a country with over 70 million inhabitants, will
be set up by the second quarter of the year.
a statement on the company's website, CPF president and chief executive Adirek
Sripratak called the Philippines 'an upcoming market'. "We chose Cebu which is
one of the country's economic zones to start our fry shrimp business, so we can
encourage our shrimp feed that have been exported to the market for a
"However, we are estimating an opportunity to develop other feed and
animal breeding businesses in the future," he added. Last year, the company
announced to move into Russia and into Laos.
Thailand, CPF is the biggest pork integrator with feed mills, farms and
slaughterhouses all over the country. The company is also strong in neighbouring
Vietnam and has investments in Turkey, the US, the EU, Malaysia, Vietnam, India
and China. Last year, the firm saw a 63% decline in net income to 2.51 billion
baht (€59 million) from 6.75 billion baht (€158 million) due to lower prices of
meat and avian influenza flu outbreaks in Thailand and Turkey.
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