Chicken producer Astral, which has made a strong comeback in the half year to March after a steep drop in earnings last year, aims to increase the number of birds it slaughters weekly to previous volumes of 5.8-million in the next year.

The company, which produces Goldi Chicken and County Fair, cut back broiler bird numbers in the six months to March from an average of 5.8-million birds per week in September 2023 to 5.4-million birds per week. This was an effort to balance supply with demand as the market witnessed weak consumer spending and Astral avoided over-production of finished products, while selling out of stock and easing working capital requirements. ..

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