BRF to reopen plant that supplies the Middle East

The unit in Carambeí, Paraná will resume activities in early September. It used to ship some 6,500 tons of poultry items to Saudi Arabia each month.

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São Paulo – Food industry conglomerate BRF said last week that it will resume activities at its Carambeí, Paraná plant early next September. The facility used to ship about 6,500 tons of poultry products to Saudi Arabia each month, before the Saudi government stripped off its imports from Brazil, Arabian Business reported.

Most of the facility’s output is sold to Middle East markets. The plant was shut down late last May amid actions to match supply and demand.

BRF has already begun hatching eggs in Carambeí – the first step in the breeding process. Last week saw the shipping of the first batches of chicks. Twenty-four producers are getting about 1 million chicks between them. The birds will reach the adequate weight for slaughter in 28 days.

Industrial activity in Carambeí will start on September 2 as two production lines become active. A third and final line will start operating in October. “This period was important in order to normalize inventories and optimize supply management to ensure balance in our productive system,” BRF’s regional director for Paraná, Rubens Modena, was quoted as saying.

The owner of brands Sadia and Perdigão, BRF is one of the biggest food companies in the world. Q2 2019 saw it post BRL 191 million (USD 48 million) in profit. The result came from domestic and foreign revenue, combined with a more robust performance in operations and sales.

Last January, the company announced plans of getting poultry sales to Saudi Arabia back to previous levels – one of its plants had been stripped off its certification to sell to the Kingdom. Arabian Business reported that BRF is in talks to produce chicken in the Arab country.

Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum

Press Release/BRF

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