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Tres Arroyos poultry plant closed due to COVID-19

This is the first case registered in a poultry processing plant in Argentina. It occurred in the town of Capitán Sarmiento, in the northern part of Buenos Aires province.
With this case, Argentina becomes the second Latin American country to present COVID-19 positives in poultry processing plants. The first one was Brazil. 
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Closure of Brazil plants over COVID-19 spurs discontent

Companies and associations proceed before government entities to stop the unjustified closings of essential activities.
The Brazilian meat company JBS announced that it will seek legal remedies after a local labor authority ordered the closure of a poultry plant in southern Brazil, in the town of Ipumirim, Santa Catarina, to contain the coronavirus.
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How will COVID-19 affect broiler breeder flock size?

Sanderson Farms CEO says if staffing shortages persist at poultry plants, breeder flock size is likely to adjust
The size of the U.S. broiler breeder flock in the coming months will largely depend on the staffing situation at poultry processing plants, Joe F. Sanderson Jr., CEO of Sanderson Farms, said.
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JBS net revenue up in all segments during Q1

Seara, Pilgrim’s Pride, JBS Brazil and JBS USA Pork segments all see double-digit revenue growth on a percentage basis
Despite impacts from the COVID-19 impacts, JBS reported a net revenue of BRL56.5 billion (US$7.7 billion) for the first quarter of the 2020 fiscal year, a 27.3% increase when compared to the first quarter of 2019.
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Canada, Mexico remain key to poultry industry success

Exports to the countries followed an uneven trajectory in recent years but remain key markets for U.S. broiler meat.
The U.S.’s two largest North American trading partners – Canada and Mexico – often feel overlooked but they are reliable and important foreign destinations for US broiler meat.
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BRF acquiring Saudi company Joody Al Sharqiya

When transaction is finalized, BRF plans to quadruple the capacity at meat production facility
BRF is expanding its presence in the Middle East with the planned acquisition of Joody Al Sharqiya Food Production Factory, a Saudi Arabia-based meat company.
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Brazil is ready to cover meat deficit in the US

While the United States is facing a wave of meat processing plant closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, companies like JBS declare themselves ready to address the deficit.
At the time when the United States has a warning about a possible deficiency of animal protein due to the closure of more than 20 meat and poultry processing plants because of the COVID-19 pandemic, some Brazilian companies have taken advantage of the situation to say they are ready to cover that demand.
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Uneasy normality in the Mexican poultry industry

Closing of the food service sector, U.S. imports and other aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic affect chicken and egg production in Mexico.
At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis there was a much higher demand and consumption of eggs. Like the entire global poultry industry, the Mexican industry was no exception.
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