The Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply (MAPA) has given three plants operated by BRF authorization to export its products to China.

Two of the plants are poultry plants, while the other processes pork.

According to a statement from BRF, a Brazil-based meat, poultry and food company, the poultry plants are located in Toledo, Parana, and Marau, Rio Grande do Sul, while the pork plant is located in Campos Novos, Santa Catarina.

BRF stated that the authorization to export to China corresponds with the company’s strategic plan of globalization by means of reaching local markets, strengthening BRF’s brands and distributing and expanding its products across the world.

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The company’s authorization to further its reach into China is just one of several recent developments to expand the company’s global reach. Earlier in February, BRF announced that it had completed the acquisition of U.K. food distributor Universal Meats for an estimated price of GBP34 million (US$50.8 million).

BRF, according to the WATTAgNet Top Poultry Companies database, is the world’s third largest poultry-producing company, with 1,664 million birds slaughtered in 2014. It ranks only behind JBS and Tyson Foods.

The company also ranked third among agribusiness companies searched for on WATTAgNet.com in 2015.