Nicaragua: Making Use of Bovine Blood

Every animal slaughtered in a slaughterhouse produces 10 liters of blood, which when processed produces a protein supplement used in the preparation of food for human and animal consumption.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The Danish company Proteínas Naturales SA (PROTENA) has invested $10 million in six years and has been processing for the last four years, bovine blood resulting from the process of slaughter of cattle for export to Costa Rica for use as a protein supplement and the newly opened U.S. market. In 2013 its sales in the domestic and foreign market generated approximately $800 thousand.

"The plant located in Matagalpa has capacity to process blood from 2,500 cattle per day and up to a million a year. The growth plan includes the installation of new modules that will allow current capacity to double. That would require importing blood, because according to statistics from the Central Bank in 2013 industrial slaughter amounted to 572,000 head of cattle and on average 50,000 cattle were slaughtered per month. "

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