JBS Carnes, the beef business unit, runs one of the world’s largest food manufacturing and distribution platforms, based in Brazil. This business unit has processing units strategically located in the main livestock production regions as well as distribution centers based in major consumer areas, serving small, medium or large customers throughout the country.

Capable of processing approximately 45,000 head of cattle every day, JBS Carnes produces and develops in natura meat cuts and products. JBS Carnes currently manages 36 processing, meatpacking and industrialization units and 12 distribution centers.

JBS Carnes offers a wide range of high-quality products that consumers can trust and uses cutting-edge food industry technologies.

The company focuses on quality and safety and is particularly active in areas such as foodstuffs for schools, industrial kitchens, butchers, supermarkets, restaurants, hotels, distributors and exports.

Find out more about the technology used for each food category:


Pouch: This is a practical method of conserving and storing food which does not require refrigeration or include any added preservatives, but maintains food texture, flavor and nutritional benefits. After heating, the pouch is ready to eat and is just as practical as a ready-made dish.

Superfrozen: JBS standardizes the individual weight and shape of ready-made frozen beef products that include high quality ingredients. The convenience of this process makes it easier to handle and store these products, avoid waste and reduce costs when preparing meatballs, kibbes and hamburgers.

Coax and frozen meat: This range focuses on using 100% of the product, fast planning and replacement, lower preparation costs and guarantees no losses from defrosting, trimming, cutting, grinding or cooking. The food’s nutritional properties are maintained because of the care taken during our manufacturing processes, which also makes meal portioning easier.

IQF: JBS uses IQS (Individually Quick Frozen) technology, which involves freezing cubes, strips and steaks of beef individually to make them easier to portion and prepare. Uniform cuts reduce the risk of microbiological contamination and guarantee 100% product usage.

Portioned cuts: The company adds value to its products with high quality fresh cuts that facilitate handling and storage.

Anatomical cuts: The fresh or frozen product rages can produce the cuts required by each sales channel, including the cuts which are more popular among consumers.

On the bone – JBS has over 60 years experience supplying meat and runs an extensive distribution network capable of quickly supplying supermarket butchers and high street butchers with high quality products.

Cattle Futures

JBS pioneered the system that allows livestock breeders to sell animals at any point in the production cycle. Launched in 2004, this is one of the tools in the “JBS Connection” program, through which the producer and JBS sign a cattle purchase and sale agreement, specifying the price or commercial terms, the date and quantity of meat for future delivery as well as other business issues.

This type of contract offers a number of benefits such as the ability to sell cattle at any time of the year – whether or not the animal is ready for slaughter, which helps to reduce cattle breeding risks. Farmers incur zero cost from using the futures market and the system does not affect farm cash flows, which helps to develop long-term approach to livestock breeding and provides animal-specific trading to ensure higher profitability and better planning.

JBS has around 500 livestock breeders who have adopted this methodology and it contracted around 1.3 million head of cattle in 2015. The cattle futures tool represents around 15% of the company’s annual domestic meatpacking and involves around 2.2 million head of cattle annually.


JBS operates three feedlots in Brazil, located in Guaiçara (SP), Terenos (MS) and Lucas do Rio Verde (MT), with total static capacity for 46,000 head of cattle. These units offer our partners convenience and reliability, advances on receivables, shipping for unfattened cattle, reimbursement for any animal deaths on the feedlot and locked in prices. The three feedlots are also certified for exports to the European Union.

JBS livestock breeders have access to a high-level health protocol that includes standardized procedures and nutritional monitoring, full reporting and a guarantee of animal comfort and welfare. Through JBS’s global presence, the company is able to offer partners cutting edge technology via knowledge transfers between our US, Canadian and Australian units.

By partnering with JBS, livestock breeders also enjoy a number of indirect benefits, such as lower demand for pasture at the beginning of the dry season by housing their animals in feedlots. This means breeders are able to increase the number of cattle per hectare on their farms during the year, thereby increasing revenues.



Açailândia – MA

Água Boa – MT

Andradina – SP

Alta Floresta – MT

Anastácio – MS

Araguaina – TO

Araputanga – MT

Barra do Garças – MT

Campo Grande I – MS

Campo Grande II – MS

Cassilândia – MS

Colíder – MT

Confresa – MT

Diamantino – MT

Goiânia – GO

Itapetinga – BA

Ituiutaba – MG

Iturama – MG

Juara – MT

Juína – MT

Lins – SP

Marabá – PA

Mozarlândia – GO

Naviraí – MS

Nova Andradina – MS

Pedra Preta – MT

Pimenta Bueno – RO

Ponta Porã – MS

Pontes e Lacerda – MT

Porto Velho – RO

Redenção – PA

Rio Branco I – AC

Santana do Araguaia – PA

São Miguel do Guaporé – RO

Senador Canedo – GO

Tucumã – PA

Vilhena – RO

Livestock Breeder Relations

In order to strengthen customer services and relationships for cattle supplies, JBS is created the Livestock Breeder Relations area that prioritizes each producer’s requirements and ensures that the industry offers consumers the best possible products.

Since 2012, JBS has been developing and implementing a number of tools in order to improve this relationship. One of them is the Quality Ranking – correlating a carcass’s technical parameters to obtain either a green light (desired standard), yellow light (tolerable standard) or red light (undesirable standard). This operates alongside a number of classification protocols, including Working Together for Successful Cattle, which currently represents 80% of meat processed by JBS. The company also provides photographic information on finishing classes with validation from academics, industry associations and specialists to ensure that carcass grading is transparent and auditable.

The Giro do Boi – a daily program for cattle breeders broadcast on the Rural Channel – offers breeders important information. We also operate the Livestock Breeder Website, which offers producers free access to the full set of records of all animals slaughtered at each of their farms. The website is available to all breeders and JBS currently has a base of 70,000 registered breeders, of which 3,000 use the website regularly.