Guatemala: New Fish Processing Plant

On August 14, the company Rianxeira began to operate its new plant for processing fish waste into flour and oil, located in Escuintla.

Monday, September 2, 2019

The industrial complex located at kilometer 97, highway to Puerto Quetzal, Escuintla, will process all types of waste, such as fish heads, skeletons, bones, bone parts and viscera.

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José Roberto Fernández Ramos, CEO of Conresa, an investor and subsidiary of Rianxeira, told that "... the equipment acquired is of European technology and the production process is the collection of the day's by-products, cooking with steam produced by the tuna plant, pressing or crushing and then drying."

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Fernandez added that "... Marine raw materials are becoming scarce, less and less is being fished and as much as possible must be fished. That is called circular economy and that means changing the concept of consumption, which was to manufacture, consume and throw away. Now it's manufacturing, consuming and recovering or recycling'."

Regarding investments in industrial plants in the region, reports from CentralAmericaData state that last year 62 environmental impact studies were presented in Central American countries for the construction of industrial plants, and Costa Rica represented 73% of the estimated investment.

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