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

  • 1100 employees

  • Cooperatively owned

  • 500 members and co-operating producers.

  • 800.000 chickens and 1 million eggs produced pre week

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

Plans for development

  1. Establish new units for meat processing and for making ready-cooked products

  2. Establish new chicken breeding unit and expansion of existing feed mill
  3. Expand the capacity of the poultry waste processing facilities

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
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