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The company will ship the first 50 tons of Brazilian pork from the port of Itajaí (SC)


Sao Paulo, May 21, 2018  After almost two years of negotiations, this Thursday (17) South Korea formally opened its market to Brazilian pork.


Seara, one of four companies accredited for export, has already closed the first sales to this new market. The company will be shipping 50 tons of pork – leg, shoulder, belly and tenderloin – from the port of Itajaí (SC) within the next few days. The deal was finalized this weekend while Seara CEO Joanita Karloeski was visiting South Korea. The cargo will take 45 days to make the journey.


South Korea is considered the world’s third biggest pork importer and is one of the largest consumers of pork per capita, with around 33kg/year per person. It is a demanding market that prefers premium products and its main supplier are currently the US and Germany.


Joanita Karloeski said “for some time now, Brazilian exporters have been wanting to export to South Korea, which is why we are very excited about the decision to allow us to trade”.  According to figures published by the Ministry of Agriculture, the new market is potentially worth US$ 1.5 billion a year.


“The Korean market imports an average of 35 thousand tons of pork a month, which means it offer great potential for Brazilian pork”, said Antonio Augusto de Toni, Executive Director of Exports at Seara.


About JBS

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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