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Marel acquires duck processing solutions provider

Marel, a food processing company, has acquired PMJ, a global provider of advanced processing solutions for the duck industry

PMJ’s complementary product portfolio of primary processing, including waxing and automated evisceration, will make Marel a full-line provider of duck processing solutions.

With this, Marel will be in a stronger position to expand its customer base in the duck segment, leverage its global sales and service network and expand to new markets. Together, the two companies will be at the forefront of modernising the duck market in partnership with their customers.

PMJ’s management team will stay on board and ensure business continuity for employees and customers, serving as the duck knowledge centre.

The global duck market is a large and growing market. The value of the global market for duck meat is estimated to be around US$7.2mn (EUR six billion). The annual volume of the duck meat market is currently 4.5 million tonnes, with 70% of this volume in China, where Marel already has an established presence. PMJ has built long-standing relationships with many of the largest duck processors in the world, and together with Marel’s global sales and service network and digital platforms, the companies will extend their global reach and strengthen customer support.

Roger Claessens, executive vice-president of Poultry at Marel, said “It is a logical step for Marel to expand its third pillar within poultry processing alongside broilers and turkey. Technical expertise and an impressive track record of continuous product innovation are defining characteristics of both PMJ and Marel. The high quality of PMJ’s solutions reflects the company’s 23 years of dedication to duck processing. With our combined efforts and continued focus on innovation, we will be in a stronger position to transform the duck industry in partnership with our customers.”

Bas van der Veldt, CEO of PMJ, stated, “Our expertise in duck processing technology, our innovative solutions and our experienced employees, combined with the broad processing knowledge and worldwide coverage of Marel, will be the next step forward in serving our customer base even better.”