Company set to double current beef output at Iturama and Ituiutaba (MG) plants
Sao Paulo, October 2018 – JBS has invested R$ 45 million expanding its plants located in the cities of Iturama and Ituitaba, in Minas Gerais, and is doubling production capacity at both units. The investment is being made to better serve the Chinese market, one of the main export destinations for Brazilian beef. The work at both plants involves modernizing equipment and implementing a project to improve flows and increase output.
“We have doubled the production volume at these two units to comply with all our export certificates, but particularly because we believe China is a very strong market. When we look at total exports so far this year and compare them with last year, volumes have risen 125%”, said Renato Costa, CEO of JBS Carnes.
The additional output will also help to serve the European and domestic markets. Following the expansion, the Company has already deployed a second shift at the two sites and will be hiring additional staff by the second quarter of next year.
JBS has been exporting beef to China since 2015 and currently has another four plants also certified to supply the Chinese market: Lins and Andradina (SP), Mozarlândia (GO) and Barra do Garças (MT).
JBS is one of the world’s leading food industry companies with approximately 230 thousand employees in over 20 countries. The Company owns a portfolio of brands that are acknowledged for their excellence and innovation, including Friboi, Moy Park, Pilgrim’s Pride, Primo, Seara, Swift, Gold’n Plump and others, serving over 350,000 customers of more than 150 nationalities worldwide. The company’s focus on innovation also reflects its management approach to related businesses in areas such as leather, biodiesel, collagen, personal hygiene and cleaning products, natural wrappings, solid waste management solutions, metal packaging and transportation. JBS has adopted best sustainability practices throughout its value chain and constantly monitors its suppliers using satellite imagery, georeferenced maps of supplier farms and monitors official data from government agencies; the company also focuses on the highest possible food safety and quality standards. The success of JBS’s operations is closely tied to our Animal welfare practices, which are rigorously applied and have received an increasing share of investments to further improve the Company’s efforts in this area, in line with best practices.
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