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CHICKEN LEG MEAT PROFITS
processors can ensure
breast meat quality,
Where catering to modern lifestyles is concerned, it is worth remembering that the average time that consumers spend preparing food
in many markets has fallen dramatically, while
an appetite for consuming restaurant-type
foods in the home has grown.
While there may be opportunities that processors
are yet to fully explore, if a market for further processed meat is to be grown, it is important that processed yields are as high as possible in order to add
value to the total operations of the plant, said Morten
Dalqvist, Marel product manager portioning.
There are various ways portioning lines can be
set up, for example ranging from a single portion
cutter that can be scaled up to full-scale solutions integrated into the end of the deboning line. Similarly,
there are a variety of options where coatings and
heat treatments are concerned.
Making better use of leg meat may not simply be a
case of improving processors' bottom line, it may offer much broader benefits. As global demand for meat
rises, it will be important to use all resources - including as much of the broiler carcass as efficiently as
possible - and as companies' green credentials come
under greater scrutiny, efficient use of inputs and less
wasteful outputs will become more important. ■
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