Chilean salmon feed plant on lockdown as strikes continue

Salmofood Vitapro has been effectively closed since January 9th.

Workers at Chilean feed producer Salmofood Vitapro in Chiloé region, Chile, are demanding better pay and bonuses.

Yesterday 187 officials in the “Ernesto Díaz” union said no to the company’s latest offer. This brings the number of days of industrial action at the plant to to 29 days, according to mundoacuicola.

Due to the strike, the firm started a contingency plan on January 1st to continue fulfilling commercial commitments with its customers.

The company announced in October planned to invest USD 12 million to expand the capacity of its plant in Castro, adding a fourth processing line by this January. The impact is not yet known but the expansion is expected to add a further 75 thousand tonnes per year to the company’s feed output – pushing it to 240 thousand tonnes a year.

SalmonBusiness has contacted SalmoFood for comment.