São Paulo, February 9, 2021 – JBS began in January construction work on a new plant for the production of gelatin and bioactive collagen peptides in the city of Presidente Epitácio, in São Paulo. With investments of R$ 280 million in the municipality by the end of the year, the Company will create 400 new jobs in the region during the construction phase, and the unit is expected to come on stream in early 2022.
The plant will be a benchmark in sustainability and the planned actions include total recycling of discarded packaging used in the process, reuse and treatment of water, work areas with natural lighting and modern equipment that reduces energy loss. The director at the head of the business, Claudia Yamana, also explains that 189,200m² of native tree species will be planted over the next 240 months, in addition to the issuance of carbon credits and an effluent treatment area four times larger than the area of the plant.
“We are striving for the best sustainability practices to be applied at the new unit and we will conscientiously manage all resources, in addition to creating employment in the region. We will work jointly with JBS Ambiental in solid waste management and also with other group businesses so that the sustainability chain is complete and creates added value for the Company”, said Claudia.
The new business will be part of the JBS Novos Negócios group of companies that brings together operations that convert by-products and surplus materials from beef, pork and poultry processing into high added-value products like biodiesel, collagen, fertilizers, wrapping for sausages, animal feed, pharmaceutical inputs, hygiene and cleaning materials, among others, commercialized on the Brazilian market and exported to over 40 countries. Moreover, it includes companies that provide strategic services to JBS in the metallic packaging, trading, transportation, recycling and waste management segments.
JBS is the world’s second-largest food company and the largest in animal protein. With a global platform diversified by geography and type of products (poultry, pork, beef and lamb), the Company has over 245,000 employees in production units and offices on all continents, in countries like Brazil, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and China, among others. In Brazil, there are over 145,000 employees, making the company one of the country’s largest private employers.
Worldwide, JBS offers an extensive portfolio of brands recognized for excellence and innovation: Swift, Pilgrim’s Pride, Seara, Moy Park, Friboi, Primo, and Just Bare, among many others, which find their way every day onto the tables of consumers in 190 countries. The Company is also investing in correlated businesses like leather, biodiesel, collagen, personal hygiene and cleaning, natural wrapping, solid waste management solutions, recycling, metallic packaging and transport.
JBS conducts its operations focused on the high quality and safety of its food products, and it adheres to best sustainability and animal welfare practices throughout its value chain. The Together for the Amazon program is part of this commitment. Besides fostering the sustainable development of the Amazon biome, promoting the conservation and sustainable use of the forest, it also incorporates improvements in the quality of life of the population living there, as well as the development of new technologies for preserving the environment. With the implementation of a blockchain platform, unrivalled in the animal protein sector, it will extend control not only over the direct suppliers of JBS, but also over their suppliers.