RIYADH: Saudi Dairy and Foodstuff Co., or SADAFCO, on Wednesday expanded its Jeddah-based dairy factory by 19,800 square meters, making it the largest dairy factory in throughput terms.
With the expansion of SADAFCO’s existing dairy factory, the facility now holds 45,000 square meters. “It is the Middle East’s highest output dairy factory per square meter,” said Patrick Stillhart, CEO of SADAFCO.
He further added that the company still has 1,060 square meters of open space available for future demands.
The new addition will focus on ice cream production and hold a freezing capacity of 6,000 pallets. The facility will also double mixing and pasteurization capacities to meet the upcoming demand in the sector.
“The factory has around 200 employees with a capacity to produce 50-60 thousand boxes of ice cream per day in various shapes and flavors,” Ahmed Al-Hebshi, the facility’s production manager, told Arab News.
The new facility has also been designed to suit female workers, as 45 percent of the factory’s employees are women.
The company aims to increase the strength of its women workforce to 50 percent by the end of 2022.