Tuna plant inauguratedThis article was originally published in Foodnews
MAJOR tuna processor Calvo, has inaugurated a new plant with two new production lines in Punta Gorda, El Salvador. The plant, which was built following a US$2.0 million investment, will increase tuna production levels by 2 000 tonnes and will create up to 150 new jobs. Processing of two new tuna lines will begin very soon, adding new sauces and ingredients to the fish. Calvo, which exports to Central America and Europe, has noticed a 20% fall in consumption attributed to the financial crisis. In El Salvador, however, consumption has risen by 7% in the past year, equivalent to 300 000 cans. Managing director Manuel Calvo stressed that the company would continue to be strong and optimistic. At present, the firm has problems with tuna stocks. A fall in fishing coupled with demands from the EU for full tuna traceability on El Salvador products has been blamed.