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Company nameJBS S.A
Company typeSociedade Anônima
IndustryMeat processing
HeadquartersSão Paulo
Key peopleJoesley Mendonça Batista, (Chairman & CEO)
ProductsFood and beverages
Revenue(+) US$ 34.9 Billion (2010)
Net income(-) - US$ 198.0 Million (2010)
SubsidiaryJBS USA
Pilgrim's Pride

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JBS (BM&F Bovespa: JBSS3) is the largest Brazilian multinational in the food industry, producing fresh, chilled, and processed beef, chicken and pork, and also selling by-products from the processing of these meats. It is headquartered in São Paulo."us." JBS S.A. Retrieved on February 3, 2011. "Address Avenida Marginal Direita do Tietê, 500 Vila Jaguara - São Paulo/SP - Brazil CEP: 05118-100." It was founded in 1953 in Anapolis, Goias.

The company has established itself as the world's largest company in the beef sector with the acquisition of several stores and food companies in Brazil and in the world, with emphasis on the 2007 US$225m acquisition of U.S. firm Swift & Company, which was the third largest U.S. beef and pork processor, renamed as JBS USA. It leads the world in slaughter capacity, at 51.4 thousand head per day, and continues to focus on production operations, processing, and export plants, nationally and internationally.

With the new acquisition, JBS entered the pork market, featuring an impressive performance in this segment, to end the year as the third largest producer and processor of this type of meat in the U.S. The acquisition expanded the company's portfolio to include the rights worldwide use of the Swift brand.

The next year, JBS acquired Smithfield Foods's beef business. It was renamed JBS Packerland.

JBS's production structure is embedded in consumer markets worldwide, with plants installed in the world's 4 leading beef producing nations, Brazil, Argentina, USA and Australia, serving 110 countries through exports.

"You may have read about the latest beef recall for e.coli that started about a week ago. The JBS Swift Beef Company from Colorado initiated a voluntary recall of more than 40,000 pounds of various beef products. The affected beef products were produced on April 21 and 22, 2009, and were shipped to distributors and retail establishments in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah and Wisconsin. And some of it was supplied to Costco. At Costco the beef was made into steaks, ribs, and ground beef." July 1st, 2009 See:

On September 16, 2009, the company announced that it had acquired the food operation of Grupo Bertin, one of three Brazilian market leaders, consolidating its position as the largest beef producer in the world. The banks JP Morgan Chase and Santander Brasil assisted in the transaction. On the same day it was announced that the company had acquired 64% of Pilgrim's Pride for a bid of 2.8 billion US dollars, establishing JBS's position in the chicken production industry, but currently the company owned 67.2% of Pilgrim's Pride.

In August 2010, it is reported that the Company is considering to sell some of the eight slaughter houses it owned in Argentina because of "scarce livestock and export restrictions."

As of 2011, JBS has trying to bid to gain control of Sara Lee Corporation's meat business. JBS has shown interest in the meats business but struggled to push forward with a bid for the entire company.

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