JBS Mercosul

The Mercosul unit comprises beef production in Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay, in addition to leather and related business. Through the acquisition of Grupo Zenda, JBS has now 24 leather processing units with a daily capacity of 84,000 hides in Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Germany, China and Vietnam, Italy and Mexico.

In Brazil, in addition to cattle processing, JBS produces processed hides and other products such as biodiesel, collagen, hygiene and clean products. Its facilities are located in the states of São Paulo, Goiás, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Rondônia, Minas Gerais, Acre, Bahia, Tocantins, Maranhão and Pará. Additionally, the Company has 40 processing facilities, 33 distribution centers and three feedlots throughout the national territory.



Cattle processing, beef production, hides, PET products, biodiesel, collagen, hygiene and clean products

40 beef processing facilities

03 feedlots

24 tanneries1

33 distribution centers


Note 1: Includes unities in Brazil (16), Italy (2), Argentina, China, Mexico, Uruguay, Vietnam, Germany (one each).

In Argentina, JBS has a leading position in the production and in the exports of beef, being recognized for the high quality of its products, both in domestic and exports markets. JBS conducts its activities in Argentina through one processing facilities and two prepared food products facilities.



Leading position in the production of beef

01 beef processing facilities

01 tannery

01 distribution center

02 prepared food products facilities





JBS Paraguay handles the processing and production of beef. Its operations are concentrated in two units located in the cities of Asunción and San António. 


In Canelones, Uruguay, the Company has another processing facility.





Low production costs with high competitivity in comparison to other Mercosul countries

02 beef processing facilities








Unit focused in market niches, European breeds, mostrly Angus and Hereford

01 beef processing facility

01 tannery


JBS Foods

JBS Foods is a Brazilian food company, the country's second largest producer and exporter of chicken and pork. The Company has vast experience in the production of products based on chicken protein. With several acquisitions in the recent years and as part of the JBS Group – which includes Pilgrim’s Pride, a reference in the U.S. poultry market – the Company has identified the best practices and peculiarities of the business to become a great specialist in chicken.

The products offered by JBS Foods are sold under brands widely recognized as symbols of quality in their respective markets, which include Seara, Rezende, LeBon, Agrovêneto, Doriana, Massa Leve, Excelsior, Frangosul, Confiança, Pena Branca, Wilson, Frango Santa Rita and Macedo. The Company also exports to clients located in over 100 countries, particularly in the Middle East, Europe and Asia.




Lead producer of prepared foods (PFPs) and fresh poultry and pork products

32 poultry processing facilities

08 hog processing facilities

20 PFP facilities

14 distribution centers






JBS USA controls group operations in the United States, Australia, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico. In addition to beef, poultry, pork and lamb, this subsidiary also operates 11 feedlots through JBS Five Rivers, with a one-time capacity of two million head, servicing 25% of JBS USA demand.




Became one of the largest beef processor operating in United States

23 poultry processing facilities

11 feedlots

09 beef processing facilities

07 case ready facilities

06 carrier units

05 hogs processing facilities

27 feed mills

02 genetic facilities

01 tannery






Australia & New Zealand

Leadership in beef exports and in the processing of lamb. 1st place in the Food Industry Ranking (Food & Drink Business Magazine).

09 beef processing facilities

05 lamb processing facilities

01 hog processing facilities

05 feedlots

01 tannery

08 distribution centers

08 prepared food products facilities




01 beef processing facility

01 feedlot

01 trading






Mexico and Porto Rico

07 poultry processing facilities

01 prepared food products facilities

01 tannery

08 feed mills

22 distribution centers

JBS Europe

JBS Europe is composed by the operantions of Rigamonti and the recently acquired Moy Park, one of the leading poultry processing and prepared food products producer in UK. JBS Europe has 16 production facilities located in the United Kingdom, France, Netherlands, Ireland and Italy and more than 12 thousand team members.



One of the leading poultry and prepared food products producer in UK.

12 prepared food products facilities

04 poultry processing facilities



Collateral Business

JBS Leather

JBS Leather is the largest leather producer and exporter in Brazil, producing articles in the wet blue, semi-finished and finished stages for the automotive, furniture, footwear and apparel sectors. JBS Leather has 16 facilities in Brazil, one in Uruguay, one in Argentina, one in China, one in Vietnam, one in Mexico, one in Germany and two in Italy. There is one distribution center in the USA too.

JBS Leather prioritizes its role in adding value to its products through investments in technology, standardizing procedures and the quality of the leather produced. Through its global presence, it operates in different markets with the goal of diversifying and consolidating its client base to obtain the best results.

Focused on the quality and sustainability of its operations, JBS Leather has 11 units with ISO 9001-2008 certification and 17 units certified by the Leather Working Group – 14 of which have gold medals and three of which have silver medals – the largest number of units certified by a single company anywhere in the world, all of them with a “A” rating on traceability.

JBS Personal Hygiene and Cleaning Products

Specializing in the production of bar soaps, liquid soap, glycerin and soap base, JBS Personal Hygiene and Cleaning Products has an annual production capacity of 82 thousand tons of soap, 18 thousand tons of detergent, 132 thousand tons of soap base and 60 thousand tons of bleached fat. 

Focused on the Business to Business segment, the company has some of the largest and most modern facilities available in the market, responsible for the production of bar soaps for some of the largest personal hygiene companies in Brazil. In addition to its production for third parties, JBS Personal Hygiene and Cleaning Products manufactures raw materials for the soap industry in Brazil and abroad, marketing its products to more than 50 companies from across the country, as well as exporting to clients in Nigeria, Cape Verde, Angola, Cuba, Argentina, Togo, Venezuela and Uruguay.

JBS Personal Hygiene and Cleaning Products provides comprehensive solutions to its clients, ranging from the processing of raw materials to the manufacture of the end product. To ensure the quality of its products, the Company conducts laboratory tests (ISO 9001-2008 certification) on the chemical inputs, the packaging, the household cleaning products and cosmetics, and also regular test all of the products manufactured at the processing units.

JBS Collagen

JBS Collagen has pioneered the production of bovine collagen and it is currently the largest company in the world producing and marketing the product for the food industry, with capacity to produce 7,000  tons of the product per year. The Company is located in Guaiçara (SP), and also produces hydrolyzed collagen for cosmetics and pharmaceutical companies, with a strong presence in the domestic and international markets.

JBS Biodiesel

JBS Biodiesel is the world’s largest beef tallow-based biodiesel producer, with a production capacity – authorized by the National Oil, Natural Gas and Biofuels Agency (ANP) – of more than 500 million liters per year. In 2014, the Ministry of Mines and Energy increased the percentage of biodiesel required in diesel fuel from 5% to 7%, which had a positive impact of JBS Biodiesel’s earnings.

Beef tallow biodiesel is a renewable, high quality fuel, which adds value to the beef production chain and also supports the environment, as it allows for the efficient utilization of what had previously been potentially polluting waste. In Brazil, beef tallow is the second most important raw material for the production of biodiesel.

In May 2014, JBS Biodiesel carried out Brazil’s first export shipment of beef tallow biodiesel, selling 6.7 million liters to the Dutch company Argos, the largest independent fuel distributor in northern Europe. The fuel will be mixed with conventional diesel for subsequent distribution by Argos.

JBS Biodiesel is the only biodiesel company in Brazil to earn the European social and environmental biofuel certification, known as the International Certificate of Carbon and Sustainability (ISCC), which provides its product with unrestricted access to the European market.

JBS Biodiesel processing unit, located in Lins (SP), has a modern, fully automated production system with ISO 9001-2008 certification. The unit’s laboratory has ISO 17025-2005 certification, setting the benchmark for analyses in Brazil, not only for its own biodiesel, but also certifying the quality of biodiesel produced by other companies, in compliance with national and international regulations.

JBS Environmental

JBS Environmental is a result of the Company’s improvement with regard to sustainability issues. It is an independent business unit that promotes a circular economy in the Company’s operations, offering solutions for the management of the solid industrial waste generated by JBS and its partners. The Company collects, processes and properly disposes of recyclable, non-recyclable, hazardous and non-hazardous materials in order to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills and create value from its processing, transforming it once again into raw materials for other activities.

With 10 collection units distributed strategically throughout Brazil, JBS Environmental – through the recycling center located in Lins (SP) – has the monthly capacity to recycle 500 tons of plastic and manage 1,200 tons of other materials, such as paper, cardboard and metals, while also properly disposing of non-recyclable and hazardous waste, in a traceable manner.

In 2014, JBS Environmental invested approximately R$2.1 million and launched a new Plastic Packaging business category, promoting the recycling of 5.8 thousand tons of plastics. In addition, it managed more than 20,750 tons of approximately 100 different types of waste, most of which was recyclable, such as paper/cardboard, plastics and metals. The unit also began production of approximately 250 tons of plastic garbage bags for JBS, made from recyclable waste from the Company itself.

JBS Can Making

Originally created to meet the needs of JBS’ industrialized beef packaging needs, JBS Can Making has the expertise to handle everything from cutting coils to the final assembly of cans, including the lithographic processes and technical assistance.

In 2014, the Company underwent technological upgrades and was vertically integrated, incorporating processes that had previously been handled by other suppliers.

JBS Casings

JBS Casings is a leading global producer and supplier of casings. With in-house production at two units in Brazil, it receives the controlled raw materials from JBS processing facilities, and processes and markets its products in the cold cuts segment, such as salamis and sausages, to the global market. With this premium product, the Company is recognized around the world for its production capacity and the quality of its finished product.

JBS Trading

Created to meet the Company’s raw material purchasing demands and to complement sales to Food Service segment, JBS Trading markets a wide range of imported products, such as vegetable oils, chemicals and plant products to JBS and third parties in Brazil and abroad.

In 2014, the Company benefitted from the drop in commodities prices, which generated new opportunities.

JBS Carriers/TRP

Responsible for the transport of cattle, finished products, cans, packaging, leather, collagen, soap and other items, JBS Carriers ensures logistics services for a wide range of areas and the quality of the products transported for JBS and third parties.

The Company has strict controls over the working days of its drivers and, in 2014, was able to adhere to the new driver law approved by the Ministry of Transport – which led to a substantial decrease in the level of litigation.

JBS Carriers has a three-year fleet renewal policy – much lower than the average age of the truck fleet in Brazil, which, according to data from the National Confederation of Transport (CNT), is 19 years for independent carriers and eight years for corporate vehicles. This makes its vehicle fleet and its operations more economically and environmentally sustainable. JBS Carriers currently has a fleet of more than 1,300 trucks, all of which have been maintained in good working condition through preventive maintenance and ongoing adjustments.

To make its operations more eco-efficient, JBS Carriers works with an Ecofrotas system, which monitors the fleet and generates management reports about fuel consumption and operational performance in order to support strategic decision-making. The system also monitors the greenhouse gas emissions generated through the fleet’s use of fuel, allowing for the establishment of emissions reduction strategies.

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