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Friboi starts operating a new facility in Mato Grosso state

Company has invested over R$ 70 million in the acquisition and
construction of its factory at Brasnorte city; another R$ 154 million
in works will be inaugurated during the first quarter

Sao Paulo, January 10, 2020 – Friboi started this Thursday (1/9) a new operation in Mato Grosso state, at Brasnorte city, with initial capacity to process 500 animals per day. The Company has invested over R$ 70 million in its acquisition and construction, which has initially generated about 300 jobs in the municipality.

“We believe in Brasnorte’s potential, which will bring even more relevance to our cattle operation in Mato Grosso state. We have invested not only in building an excellent facility with modern equipment and workflows, but also in high quality training to our local workforce with a focus on occupational safety,” explains Renato Costa, president of Friboi. “We will continue investing in all our plants in the coming years, what reaffirms the Company’s long-term commitment to Brazil,” adds Costa.

This is the first stage of investments in Brasnorte plant, which will count on production capacity and a larger scope of activities in the future, with another 900 job opportunities. The initial goal of the new operation is to meet domestic market demand.

More investments
In 2019, Friboi invested in equipment modernization and projects implementation to allow a better production flow in its facilities.

This month, for example, the Company will start operating a continuous freezing tunnel in Barra do Garças (MT), which will bring more agility to the operation, as well as increased capacity in Mozarlândia (GO). Also in January and March, two new hamburger lines will start operating in Campo Grande (MS), which will double its production capacity. In February, the Company will begin a second work shift at Senador Canedo (GO) facility to meet rising global demand for animal protein – 350 new jobs have been opened in the city. The investments total more than R$ 154 million.

Friboi has 45,000 team members in Brazil, with business units in 55 cities, being responsible for generating over 180,000 indirect jobs.

About Friboi
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 37 production plants in Brazil.

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