Rio Verde, Goiás, Brazil, December 2015 – BRF was founded in 2009 from the association between Sadia and Perdigao. After the merger, which was completed in 2012, the company became one of the giants in the global food market. Today they are the world’s seventh largest food company by market value, as well as one of the main exporters of animal protein worldwide, accounting for 9% of world exports, with foods that reach more than 110 countries on five continents.
The company’s portfolio includes more than five thousand products. They currently employ more than one hundred thousand people in forty-seven plants located all over Brazil, and they operate eleven industrial units abroad.
BRF owns fourteen animal feed mills throughout Brazil. The feed produced in these factories is supplied to partner poultry, pig and cattle farmers. In the Brazilian states of Minas Gerais and Goiás they run four feed mills in the cities of Uberlandia (MG), Jataí (GO) Miners (GO), as well as two units in Rio Verde (GO).
WAM do Brasil recently sold equipment to BRF’s operation in the city of Rio Verde, in the state of Goiás. The plant produces poultry and pig feed. The installation phase of this project, which began in July 2015, has recently been completed.
The main purpose of this project is eliminating a cross-contamination problem of salmonella bacteria. To this end it is necessary to install special filters in the most turbulent parts of the plant, as on top of chain conveyors, on bucket elevators, roller mills, hoppers and scales. Currently, most feed mills in Brazil use centralised dust collection, which contributes to spreading salmonella bacteria and impeding, at the same time, identification of where contamination originates.
The main raw material for both poultry and pig feed production is corn. In this case corn is received, dried and stored. Chain conveyors transport the corn to roller mills from which the milled corn is discharged into a mixer where minerals, vitamins and medicaments in a micro-dosage of at least two items are added. After being discharged the mixture is stored in silos from where it is transferred to a pasteurising process area, followed by pelletising and cooling. The final product is then stored and ready to be dispatched.
For this project WAM do Brasil supplied a total of 123 polygonal dust collectors and hopper venting filters.
WAM do Brasil proudly reports that their customer is totally satisfied with the equipment which has resolved their major problem of identifying the source of contamination.
It should not be left unmentioned that BRF’s corporate management considers the Rio Verde plant as a model case for future projects in another fourteen of the group’s feed mills.
Considering the perspectives of the Brazilian feed & food industry in general, WAM do Brasil’s management is confident in future dust filter potential.
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