Sao Paulo, June 26, 2019 – This May, Friboi, JBS’s beef unit, set a new export logistics record for frozen beef shipped by railroad, with an 80% increase in container volume year on year. So far this year, container shipping is up 50% compared with the same period in 2018.
Rail has become a financially viable alternative and is also more sustainable, as it emits fewer pollutants. Friboi has tailored its operations throughout the past year and rail shipping is now part of its export feasibility strategy, accounting for over 30% of international shipments.
The Friboi logistics department is implementing several initiatives to increase its competitiveness on new and existing markets using alternative logistics, such as rail. This year, the Company plans to increase rail shipments 40%.
Between January 2018 and May 2019, the decision to use rail has, on its own, helped Friboi cut tCO2e emissions by 9.4 thousand tons. These emissions are equivalent to 1,652 trips around the world by car or 5,092 cars on the road for a year.
Friboi – the JBS beef business unit – has over 40 years’ experience and revolutionized the market by decommoditizing Brazilian beef and building a leading brand. The Company owns some of Brazil’s best known beef brands and has a broad product portfolio with the Company’s own name brand and market leader Friboi, as well as Maturatta Friboi, Do Chef Friboi, Reserva Friboi, 1953 Friboi and Swift Black, targeting a variety of different markets. As part of its focus on certified sourcing and food quality and safety, from animal welfare to end product delivery, Friboi has implemented best sustainability practices across the entire value chain and constantly monitors its cattle suppliers using satellite imagery, georeferenced farm maps and official government figures. The Company’s products are sold in over 150 countries and currently has 35 production plants in Brazil.
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