In the first quarter of 2021 the Russian Fishery Company (RFC) produced 15% more sea-frozen pollock fillet and mince than in the same period in 2020.
‘The company moved towards increased value-added processing in 2014 when some of the RFC vessels were modernised and equipped with processing factories,’ commented RFC general director Viktor Litvinenko.
‘Thanks to deep processing at sea, we can respond flexibly to market challenges, in particular those related to the restriction of access to the Chinese market, which the industry is facing today. The commissioning of new trawlers, the first of which has already been received by the company, will make it possible to make a breakthrough in this direction – to process up to 100% of catches in fillets, mince and surimi at sea.’
The company is also developing its onshore production. At the beginning of March this year, the Russian Pollock plant was switched to working two shifts.
Despite the impact of the pandemic, the company continues to fulfils its obligations to supply to Europe, North America, the countries of Southeast Asia and Africa.
In the first quarter, the company continued to develop new sales markets. In particular, a contract was signed for the supply of fillets to the Japanese market. Shipments of herring have also begun to Japan.
Supply to the domestic market increased by 25% compared to the first quarter of 2020, including value added products, including sea- and double-frozen Pollock fillets. Production from the Russian Pollock plant (including loins and portioned pollock fillets) were shipped mainly to retail chains in the Far East.