Annual and Sustainability Report | 2019

Our Business
JBS Brasil

Business description



A market leader in Brazil, Friboi revolutionized the market by “de-commoditizing” Brazilian beef and becoming a reference in the industry. The Company offers some of the brands most recognized by Brazilian consumers, such as Friboi, Reserva Friboi, Maturatta Friboi, Do Chef Friboi and premium brands 1953 Friboi and Swift Black. With offices in over 150 countries, it is the best-selling Brazilian beef brand on the foreign market.

Map of operations

Main brands



Founded in 1855, in the United States, Swift is a part of the lives of thousands of people worldwide. Using a unique and innovative strategy to provide services, the brand fulfills its mission of changing how the world’s people consume and purchase protein. Swift is found in a variety of categories, with a broad portfolio of nearly 500 products, including beef for everyday grilling, sustainability-certified fish, pork, lamb, poultry, snacks, side dishes, vegetables, desserts, seasonings for grilling and more. The Company has its own stores and stores at partner retailers, in addition to mobile and online shops, aimed at providing more comfort and practicality in making purchases at over 120 points of sale.


Swift Oscar Freire Store in São Paulo (SP)



Founded in 2009, JBS Couros is the world’s largest leather processing manufacturer in the wet blue, wet white, semi-finished and finished segments1, with offices in South and North America, Europe and Asia and production units, distribution centers and commercial offices serving the automotive, furniture, footwear and leather goods sectors, among others, around the world. Company brands, such as Authentic, aimed at the furniture segment; Cambré, for footwear and leather goods; and Virgus, for the automotive sector, respond to market trends. In 2019, the revolutionary Kind Leather was launched, a product characterized as being even more sustainable and that uses a production process that reduces water and energy consumption, as well as CO2 emissions during transport.

¹ Leather types, classified by stages and techniques.

Itumbiara (GO)


Map of operations

Main brands



JBS Novos Negócios develops operations dedicated to transforming coproducts and animal protein processing waste into high value-added products, such as biodiesel, collagen, casings for deli meats, animal feed, pharmaceutical inputs, hygiene and cleaning materials and more, sold in the Brazilian market and exported to over two dozen countries. It also includes companies providing strategic services to JBS, in the metal packaging, trading, transport, recycling and waste management segments.

The rationale governing JBS Novos Negócios is to allow a closed cycle to be formed, where waste from one particular operation serves as the raw material for another, in a movement of innovation, efficiency and sustainable practices, promoting a circular economy.

Map of operations

JBS Biodiesel in Lins (SP)

Business units

JBS Ambiental has ten recycling units, in the states of Goiás, Minas Gerais, Mato Grosso do Sul and São Paulo. In 2019 alone, two waste centers were opened, including plants in Senador Canedo (GO) and Nova Andradina (MS). The Company provides products and solutions developed from industrial waste, such as plastic, wood and metal, which are transformed into trash bags, tarps, bags or plastic covers to be used in JBS operations. Manages and treats non-recyclable post-industrial solid waste, tracking its lifecycle and providing for correct disposal of this waste.


The largest producer of natural cattle-based casings in the world and a supplier for the largest food manufacturers, with two processing units in Brazil: Goiânia (GO) and Ituiutaba (MG). Recognized for its supply capacity, quality and the traceability of its products, used to make deli meats, like salamis, and to manufacture strings for musical instruments, tennis rackets and surgical sutures, among other things.


With two factories, located in Campo Verde (MT) and Lins (SP), it is the world’s largest verticalized producer of biodiesel made from beef tallow and the first company qualified to sell credits obtained through Renovabio (see more in Climate Change), a Brazilian government program aimed at reducing emissions based on the obligations undertaken in the Paris Agreement¹. The Company uses waste as raw material, such as recycled used cooking oil. The Lins (SP) and Campo Verde (MT) units will also receive investments, aimed at improving the industrial park and increasing production.

¹ The main global initiative responding to climate change and reinforcing countries’ capabilities to deal with the impacts resulting from these changes. Signed by 195 countries, its main commitment is to keep the increase in global average temperature at less than 2°C above pre-industrial levels.


The Company’s two plants, located in the cities of Lins and Barretos, in the interior of the state of São Paulo, make steel cans for products that need to be protected from physical, chemical and biological actions, like in the food industry, for example. With an annual production capacity of approximately 1 billion cans, it is among the largest in its sector. Cans for pre-cooked meats (luncheon meat), sardines and tuna (pull tabs), vegetables and tomato-based products, in addition to aerosol packaging, are among the items manufactured by JBS Embalagens Metálicas.


The largest producer of soaps and bar soaps in the B2B segment, serving the biggest hygiene and beauty brands in Brazil, as well as customers in Nigeria, Cabo Verde, Angola, Argentina, Peru, Colombia, Paraguay and Uruguay. The plant, located in Lins (SP), also makes soap base for plant or animal based and glycerin soaps.


Sells raw materials in the food, hygiene and cleaning, and biodiesel segments. Among products offered are vegetable oils, animal fats and chemical products.


Serves JBS and other customers through 35 branches spread across Brazil. It has its own fleet of 1,100 trucks, tracked and with real-time telemetry control. Operating in the live animal cargo, containers, dry and refrigerated cargo and leather segments.


The world’s largest producer of highly functional beef proteins. Located in the city of Guaiçara (SP), this unit offers innovative solutions in ingredients for a variety of food industry sectors. Through its international operations, exports are sent to over 20 countries on every continent except Antarctica. This business unit operates in a range of segments, such as: meat (hamburgers, fresh and cooked sausages, hams, seasoned cuts, etc. ), dairy and baked goods, as well as special applications, such as food supplements and pharmaceutical products.


The factory, in Campo Grande (MS), is a reference in facilities and technology. It’s geared toward production of inputs for the pharmaceutical industry, with a focus on supplying raw materials for research centers, molecular development, genetic therapies and vaccines. The source of supplies is JBS itself, which guarantees that products are 100% traceable.


The production unit, in Campo Grande (MS), produces plasma and blood products made using chilled adult bovine blood, serving 100% of the demand from JBS’s own units. With their high nutritional value, products serve as ingredients for manufacturing poultry and hogs feed.


Operates in acquisition of new vehicles for JBS companies and in the sale of used trucks and trailers, with average annual sales of 2,000 vehicles.

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