JBS will be the Brazil’s first food industry company to enter the agricultural market
São Paulo, August 22, 2017 – In line with its strategy to seek out sustainable and innovative solutions that create value for the Company, JBS is investing around R$ 30 million creating a new business in the fertizilier industry, which wil be part of JBS Novos Negócios. The division reinforces the business unit’s mission of leveraging organic waste from JBS’ operations to the maximum.
The new plant’s location will be announced shortly and is expected to be operational within a year. “We will be Brazil’s first food company to use the organic waste from our factories to produce fertilizers, moving into the agricultural market”, said Nelson Dalcanale, president of JBS Novos Negócios.
Susana Martins Carvalho has been hired to run the business. She has a degree in Agronomic Engineering from the Superior Institute of Agronomy in Lisbon, Portugal, and a Master’s degree in Agriculture and Forestry from the University of Aberdeen, in Scotland. She is currently studying for an MBA in Strategic Management and Business Economics at the Getulio Vargas Foundation.
“We will have a high technology industrial process that adds significant value to the fertilizers. The product can be used for major crops, like soybeans, corn, coffee and cotton, and for fruit and vegetable production”, said Susana. “The new business will help support Brazilian farming, which currently imports around 75% of its fertilizers. This means the organic waste from our operations will no longer represent a cost and will be transformed into revenue”, she added.
JBS Novos Negócios is responsible for operations that are directly and indirectly linked to the company’s core business. This business unit transforms subproducts and organic waste from beef, pork and chicken processing, as well as feedlots, into high added-value products, generating value for JBS and developing more sustainable production methods for the entire group.
JBS is one of the world’s leading food industry companies with approximately 235,000 employees in over 20 countries. The company owns a portfolio of brands that are acknowledged for their excellence and innovation, such , as Doriana, Friboi, Moy Park, Pilgrim’s Pride, Primo, Seara, Swift, Gold’n Plump and others, serving over 300,000 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 corporate governance and sustainability practices throughout its value chain and its operational management focuses on guaranteeing high food quality and safety and animal welfare.
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