The factory will expand use of co-products in the pork and poultry production chain;

Around 400 jobs will be created across the region during construction.


JBS is to build another plant in Santa Catarina. The Company, which will channel its investment through Seara Alimentos, is building a biodiesel factory in Mafra. The plant will be operated by JBS Biodiesel, a JBS Novos Negócios division. The large-scale plant will use raw material from the Seara production chain, including pork and poultry fat, to make biodiesel. It will also work closely with the soybean complex, supplementing it raw material base.


JBS Biodiesel’s mission is to add value to JBS’s production chain waste. The Company has a successful track record of reusing beef tallow and other inputs, such as recycled cooking oil, to make biodiesel. Its focus on sustainability will receive an additional boost with the new plant in Mafra, which will expand its operations in the pork and poultry supply chain.


“The Company’s investment in this new operation reflects the positive outlook for Brazilian industry. Based on the RenovaBio program, when B15 takes effect in 2023, diesel will have to contain 15% biodiesel. With this new factory, JBS Biodiesel will more than double its capacity and is set to produce over 600 million liters of biodiesel a year”, said Alexandre Pereira, director at JBS Biodiesel.


The JBS Biodiesel plant in Mafra will cover an area of 76 thousand square meters and will produce 900 tons of fuel a day. Building the plant will create around 400 jobs. Once construction has been concluded by the first half of 2021, the factory will create 100 direct and around 300 indirect jobs, supporting the regional economy.


“Santa Catarina is a major food production center for the global market. The decision to invest in building a biodiesel plant in Mafra underlines the synergy across JBS’s businesses, which also helps to increase sustainability at Seara’s operations”, said Joanita Karoleski Maestri, president of Seara.


JBS Biodiesel currently operates two other plants, one in Lins, in the state of São Paulo, and another in Campo Verde, in the state of Mato Grosso. With this third factory, the Company will become one of the country’s 10 top biodiesel producers. In 2018 alone, JBS Biodiesel sold 260 million liters of biofuel, approximately 25% up on its 2017 volume of 210 million liters.