The plant will serve local producers in the initial phase but would eventually look to expand output to address the export market, indicated the company.
The greenfield compound feed factory is located just outside of Abidjan in the new industrial zone of PK in Attingue. It is set to have an initial capacity of 100,000 MT per annum and is expected to be operational in the second half of 2022.
De Heus, which is headquartered in Ede, in the Netherlands, currently has over 80 production locations in over 20 countries.
It recently opened a new premix plant in Ukraine and established a partnership with Masan to expand feed and livestock production in Vietnam.
In July De Heus moved to expand production capacity in its home market with acquisition of Coppens Diervoeding, a feed manufacturer strategically located in Helmond, in the Netherlands, with a 400k capacity feed plant and a strong regional position within the pig and broiler sector.
Market conditions, consumer needs and the demands of retailers are constantly changing, and to help its customers adapt to such circumstances, it is critical a feed manufacturer has sufficient production capacity and flexibility, noted Co de Heus, CEO of De Heus, then.
And, in March this year, De Heus announced the finalization of another acquisition in the European market, that of Polish compound feed company, Golpasz.