Facilities

Our vertically integrated operation includes two hatcheries, three shrimp farms and a processing plant.

Hatcheries

Omarsa’s hatcheries work with a selective breeding program based on growth and resistance of the breeding stock. The breeders are selected from our own shrimp farms in a closed cycle. There are no wild larvae allowed in the cycle.
There are two phases in this process: maturation (the actual breeding of the shrimp) and larviculture (nursery of the shrimp)
There is no genetic manipulation involved in this process. There is a 100 % free of Eyestalk ablation (Regulation 834/EU/2007, Organic Standards)

Current production capacity in millions

Hatchery Larvae/month Larvae/year
Mar Bravo 120.000 1.440.000
Tabasca 40.000 480.000
Total 160.000 1.920.000

Our hatcheries, Tabasca & Mar Bravo, meet requirements of recognized private international certifications.

Shrimp farms

Omarsa has three shrimp farms strategically located in areas which are known to be of high production yields. We have more than 3,200 hectares of farmed shrimp, located in estuarine zones (natural shrimp environment) during the juvenile and pre-adults (commercial sizes). Since all these sectors are under sea water influence, tides ensure renovation of water avoiding stagnated waters.

The production systems have been carefully selected in order to reduce the impact on the environment, having implemented certified systems in all our farms and organic standards in Chongón.

All production sites are managed under a “zero” antibiotic philosophy, promoting the use of probiotics and natural fertilizers.

Current annual production capacity

Shrimp farm Pounds
Cachugran 11,074,637
Chongón (organic) 5,430,433
Puná 7,885,492
Total 24,390,562

Projected annual production capacity to 2017

Shrimp farm Pounds
Cachugran 13.623.062
Chongón (organic) 8.256.038
Puná 12.490.101
Total 34.369.201

All shrimp farms have analysis of the quality of water and health monitoring.

Processing Plant

Omarsa is a dynamic company which anticipates and adapts to the demands of the markets, customers and trends.

We constantly improve our facilities and invest in our people in order to meet the demands of new products and update our technologies for the optimization of our processes.

In 2017, we have increased our installed processing capacity by 44% representing 723.000lbs/day of shrimp processed in head-on, head-less and value-added.

The investment includes state-of-the-art freezing equipment that shortens freezing times allowing us to offer high quality products faster.

Current production capacity

Equipment Quantity Lb / month
Shrimp graders 11 14.537.600
Total freezing capacity   16.650.647
    Block freezers   10.216.360
         Plate freezers 6 1.144.440
         Tunnel freezers 6 5.192.000
         Tunnel freezers (tornado) 2 3,879,920
    IQF freezers   6.434.287
         Palinox brine tunnel 2 4.365.187
         Spiral IQF freezer 2 683.100
         IQF Tunnel 3 1.386.000
Cold storage 5 3.100.000

Continuing our expansion projects we will incorporate a new processing plant, located in Las Brisas, Duran, which we will project into production in January 2018.

The new plant has a development of 3 phases. In the initial one the lines of production of whole shrimp with a capacity of 334.000 pounds and totally automated are contemplated.

The project incorporates investments in state-of-the-art freezing equipment.

Storage capacity:
3,100,000 lbs

Quality control

At Omarsa we ensure the highest standards of quality, food safety, legality and traceability through the following controls:

  • Raw material: Control upon reception organoleptic, chemicals, and quality.
  • Allergens: sulfite analysis with state of the art technology (Kjendahl Monier Williams).
  • Controls during process: metrological and quality analysis.
  • Monitoring Critical Control Points identified in our different HACCP plans.
  • In-house Microbiological Lab for product, surface, water and ice analysis.
  • Chemical analysis of water.
  • Screening of our shrimp suppliers for antibiotics and environmental pollutants.
  • Control and inspections of product along the process in order to ensure compliance with customer specifications, legal requirements and traceability integrity.