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Construction of an Industrial Poultry Slaughterhouse in Mélida


This project involved establishing a plan for poultry slaughter and processing in a single production line, aiming to increase cost efficiency and add value.



The poultry industry in Europe is made up of different farms, each one representing a step in the productive line: layer breeders, incubation, broiler breeders, feed factories, slaughtering, processing and marketing. In 2000, the producers` cooperative AN S.Coop considered the possibility of integrating these steps within a whole production line in order to be more cost efficient and market-orientated.


The main objective is to integrate the slaughtering and quartering in a whole production line with highly favourable health, quality and welfare conditions. This is expected to increase cost efficiency and add value.

Main activities

The main activity was the construction of a new plant for the slaughtering, quartering and packaging of poultry. This means investments need to be made in order to absorb the increasing demand created by the closure of older slaughterhouses.

Results & Benefits

As a result, the cooperative works more closely with retailers while reducing dependency on wholesalers. On the other hand, traceability and security have been also important benefits of the project, together with a better capacity to react to market changes.

Lessons learnt

One of the major challenges has been the design of a flexible and market-orientated processing plant which are both key elements for its success. Demand is constantly changing and so it is important to react to demand quickly as possible. In this regard, the design of straightforward investments is also key in order to be flexible, avoiding additional administrative steps wherever possible.

Project location and other information

Mélida (Navarra)



RDP Territory


Total project cost (€)

23 973 918

EAFRD contribution (€)

2 231 647

National contribution (€)

4 440 773

Private contribution (€)

14 851 516

Project website

Contact name

Fernando Chocarro; Fernando Beroiz; Maite Muruzábal

Languages for contact


At a glance



Final beneficiary type


Budget range

> €500 000

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Theme / Measure:

• Competitiveness of Agriculture & Forestry
• Restructuring, developing physical potential, and promoting innovation
• 124: Cooperation for development of new products, processes and technologies


Quality control, Chicken, Competitiveness , Livestock welfare, Marketing

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