Mafrig expand beef operations by 8,000 cattle a day

Brazil’s Marfrig Alimentos S.A. announced over the holiday that it received regulatory approvals to lease six meatpacking plants from the Margen Group as part of the company’s previously announced effort to boost cattle slaughter capacity.

In September 2009 Marfrig said it signed an agreement with Margen to lease six plants and with Mercosul S.A. to lease five plants in a move to boost daily slaughter capacity by 8,800 head of cattle to a total of 22,350 head per day at Marfrig’s Brazilian operations. The status on the other five plants wasn’t clear, and Marfrig officials couldn’t be reached for comment before deadline.

All of the plants that Marfrig is seeking to lease from Margen and Mercosul are located in the Brazilian states of Goiás, Pará, Rondônia, Mato Grosso do Sul, Paraná and Rio Grande do Sul.

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