The COOPID project has carried out a selection of 10 success cases within the bioeconomy across the EU primary sector. This is the one belonging to the Greek Success Case: Pindos. This case covers their overall business idea, main products, key characteristics, and plans for development of its business model.

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Main facts

  • Established in 1958

  • 1,200 employees

  • Cooperatively owned

  • 600 members and co-operating producers.

  • 850.000 chickens and 1 million eggs produced pre week

Main products

  1. Poultry-based food products (fresh meat, pre-cooked, frozen meat, etc.)
  2. Chicks for the poultry farmers
  3. Animal feed
  4. Organic fertiliser
  5. Feather meal and animal fats
  6. Eggs

Overall business idea

  1. Fully integrated enterprise for production, processing and distribution of poultry-based food products
  2. The co-operating/ primary producers (members of cooperation) are able to buy the feed that is produced by the cooperation factory and chicks at preferential prices over the selling ones
  3. Feather meal and some animal fats (by-product from slaughter house) are utilized for fish and dog feed
  4. Collection of wastes (dead poultry and manure) from the farms for treatment in central processing plants
  5. Combustion of wastes to produce bioenergy (electricity, heat) and natural fertilisers (compost)

Key characteristics of the success story

  1. Valorisation of by-products
  2. The utilisation of wastes for bioenergy and organic fertilisers
  3. Part of the bioenergy (heat) used internally in the processing
  4. Pro-active approach to the application of new technologies
  5. Circulation of nutrients and carbon back to the soils
  6. Financial support for the development of green solutions

Plans for development

  1. Establish new units for meat processing and for making ready-cooked products.
  2. Establish a new chicken breeding unit and expansion of existing feed mill.
  3. Expand the capacity of the poultry waste processing facilities.
  4. Building of a new slaughterhouse and biogas plant.
  5. Covering of the roof of the hatchery with photovoltaic panels to cover factory energy needs.
  6. Creation of two energy communities (photovoltaic parks) in Ioannina and Corfu for the provision of electricity to the national electricity supply network.

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