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Farmed Shrimp Production Increases, Omarsa Adds Processing Plant


Farmed shrimp production in Ecuador is exceeding expectations and looks set to easily surpass 400,000 metric tons in 2017.  Sandro Coglitore, who runs Omarsa, a shrimp farm and processor that is currently expanding its production, said, “I am surprised.  I didn’t expect us to grow more than 10%.”


Ecuador’s shrimp exports through August 2017 were 281 metric tons, averaging around 35 tons a month.  If this level is maintained for the rest of the year, its annual exports will be 421,387 tons, said Coglitore.


Omarsa is expanding an existing processing plant and investing in a new one that will focus on head-on production for China and Europe.  The expanded plant will increase Omarsa’s production capacity to around 450 metric tons a day, an increase of 170 tons day.  Two cooking lines and two individual quick frozen shrimp lines in the plant will be used for value-added production.


The new plant should “hopefully” be ready around September 2018, said Coglitore.  When it opens, Omarsa’s processing capacity from its two plants will be around 700 tons a day.


Information: Sandro Coglitore, Omarsa, Lotización Industrial Al Rio Solar 3, Guayas–Durán, Ecuador (phone +593-4-371-3035, fax 593-4-255-0169, email, webpage


Source: Undercurrent News (eight free news reads every month).  Editor, Tom Seaman (  Ecuador Shrimp Production Set to Rocket Past 400,000t in 2017.  Tom Seaman.  October 4, 2017.


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