Acquired for R$235m, the new unit is expected to contribute to the company's strategy in the processing of pork and prepared products, including ham, sausage and bacon.
The acquisition from Adelle Indústria de Alimentos was made through JBS’ Seara Alimentos and is subject to approval from the Brazilian competition authority, among other usual conditions for this type of operation.
“The plant, one of the most modern in Brazil, is located in a region recognised for its importance in pork production in the country,” said Joanita Karoleski, president of Seara.
JBS also recently announced in a statement to Reuters that Seara had become the first company in Brazil authorised to sell chicken products to India.
JBS’ first shipment of chicken thighs and leg quarters to India is scheduled for the next few weeks. However, the company did not disclose the volumes involved for strategic reasons.
The first consignment will arrive at the port of Jawaharlal Nehru, and the distribution will be carried out by an unnamed local firm, the statement added.
French innovation acquisition
Meanwhile, Scott Technology, a New Zealand-based JBS-owned company in the automation and robotics industry, announced an agreement to acquire Normaclass, a French technology company that provides a system of automated classification of bovine carcasses.
The automated classification of carcases is done by digital cameras that collect the data of each animal, analysed in real time by software that determines the price paid to the producer in conjunction with other criteria, such as weight and market prices.
“Normaclass will help us in the evolution of the beef industry through a product already consolidated in the market and that will also support our research and development work,” said Chris Hopkins, CEO of Scott. “We expect the demand for automated objective classification methods to continue to grow in the coming years around the world, especially in export-focused countries and who want to have more support in the area of quality.”