JBS to double beef output to fuel Chinese market

By Ashley Williams contact

- Last updated on GMT

China is one of Brazil’s main export destinations for its beef
China is one of Brazil’s main export destinations for its beef

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Brazilian meatpacker JBS is set to double production capacity at its plants in Iturama and Ituitaba to tap the strong demand from China for its beef.

JBS will invest R$45m into modernising equipment and implementing a project to improve flows and output at the two plants.

The expansion will allow the business to offer its staff second shifts at the two plants and will be hiring additional employees by the second quarter of next year.

China has been regarded by the company as one of Brazil’s main export destinations for its beef and revealed that volumes are growing considerably every year.

As well as China, JBS believes the expansion will also benefit the domestic and European markets.

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​,” said JBS Carnes CEO Renato Costa.

When we look at total exports so far this year and compare them with last year, volumes have risen by 125%.”

JBS has been exporting beef to China since 2015 and currently has another four plants certified to supply to the Chinese market.

JBS’ other business units including Seara are also looking to tap the soaring demand from China for Brazilian pork. In July, Seara agreed an exclusive partnership​ with Chinese e-commerce business JD.com to market its pork.

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