News and analysis for the global poultry industry.

Fabio Nunes

Fabio Nunes, poultry processing consultant, Brazil


Brazil: Marfrig now selling

Over the last five years, Marfrig bought 22 companies around the world, multiplying its annual sales revenue by 10, converting the company in the third-largest world meat processor, and its CEO, and owner, Mr. Marcos Molina, a former butcher, into one of Brazil’s most powerful entrepreneurs.
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China, Brazil elbow US out of the market

China, the main market for U.S. agribusiness exports in 2011, dropped down to the third position in 2012, according to USDA. The U.S. exports revenue to that country was affected by the reduction in the soybean exports, to US$25 billion, 14 percent less than the year before.
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Brazil: Doux sells pork operation

The company announced that it concluded the sale of its pork operation located in Caxias do Sul, Rio Grande do Sul state, South Brazil. The divestment will give the company, knee-deep in debts, some fresh air, which must help its financial restructuring plan.
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Asphyxiating infrastructure in Brazil

Like this, many other companies have been suffering from the same chronic problem - the cost burden by the poor Brazil’s infrastructure, which has been putting a lot of pressure on the cost of logistics of the companies doing business locally, therefore reducing their competitiveness.
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Doux operation in Brails has uncertain future

It is fragile and uncertain the future of the Brazilian operation of the French group Doux. After long-term difficulties to pay its broiler out-growers, in January the third shift of its Montenegro complex, Southern Brazil, the largest the company has in Brazil, has been discontinued.
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Brazil strengthens presence in China

New meat plants are about to be approved to export into China. The Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture expects 9 beef plants, 47 chicken plants and 15 pork processing plants to be approved by the Chinese veterinary inspection service to export into China in the first semester of 2012.
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South Africa halts Brazilian chicken meat exports

On February 10, the South African International Trade Administration Commission announced an extra levy of 62.92 percent on the whole broilers imports and of 46.59 percent on the boneless cuts imports. The extra levy come in addition to the regular tariffs of 5 percent on whole broilers and 27 percent on boneless cuts.
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International market chicken meat price sets record in 2011

Preliminary data from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations - still pending the closure of numbers for United States’ fourth quarter and Brazil’s last bimester - suggest that the average chicken meat price per ton in the international market set a new record in 2011. The analysis, which considers Brazil and the U.S., the two leading exporters, shows Brazil led, overcoming the US$2,000/MT threshold and thus setting a new record.
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Food terrorism

This morning, upon browsing the weather forecast website and rolling the page down, I spotted, by purest accident, the headline of an article that has drawn my close attention: "What's in Fast Food Chicken? (Hint: It’s NOT chicken)."
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WSJ Asia Business: China's growth engine declines

China's GDP growth slowed to 8.9 percent in the last quarter of 2011, compared with a year earlier, showing that the world's fastest engine of growth is downshifting. While China's fourth-quarter performance would be the envy of most any other nation—and surprised analysts who had expected a sharper decline—it is still modest by the measure of the past 30 years. China's gross domestic product has soared by an average of 10 percent a year in that period.
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