The site, which saw a R$70m investment by JBS, has an initial capacity of 500 animals per day and has created more than 300 jobs in the region.
The initial goal of the new facility is to meet domestic market demand and it is predicted there will be another 900 jobs created at the site once fully operational.
“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,” said Friboi president Renato Costa. “We will continue investing in all our plants in the coming years, what reaffirms the Company’s long-term commitment to Brazil.”
Elsewhere Friboi invested in equipment modernization at several of its other facilities.
Later this month it will start operating a continuous freezing tunnel in Barra do Garças, which will bring more flexibility to the operation, as well as introducing increased capacity in Mozarlândia.
In January and March, two new hamburger lines will start operating in Campo Grande, which will double its production capacity.
In February Friboi will begin a second work shift at its Senador Canedo facility to meet rising global demand for animal protein which has led to 350 new jobs being created in the city.
The investments at the facilities total more than R$154m.