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Marel acquires Dutch duck processing company, PMJ

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BOXMEER, Netherlands — Marel has announced the acquisition of PMJ, a global provider of advanced processing solutions for the duck industry. United, the two companies are in a stronger position to drive further growth, providing better value for both current and future customers, company officials noted.

Poultry Machinery Joosten B.V. has 40 employees and is located in Opmeer in the Netherlands. PMJ is at the forefront of duck and goose processing solutions and services, the company said. The company was founded in 1998 as a family business and has evolved into a global leader for waterfowl processing solutions. PMJ’s annual revenues are around EUR 5 million.

PMJ’s complementary product portfolio of primary processing, including waxing and automated evisceration, will make Marel the industry’s only full-line provider of duck processing solutions, the company said, adding that Marel will be in a stronger position to broaden its customer base in the duck segment, leverage its global sales and service network and expand into new markets. Together the two companies will be at the forefront in modernizing 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 center.

A growing market

The global duck meat market is a large and growing market, with an estimated value of around 6 billion euros. The annual volume of duck meat is currently 4.5 million tons, with 70 percent 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.

“The acquisition of PMJ is a logical step for Marel to expand its third pillar within poultry processing alongside broilers and turkey,” said Roger Claessens, executive vice president, poultry at Marel. “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, added, “We are proud of PMJ and what we have achieved together with all our loyal employees and customers worldwide. 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.”

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