JBS SA statistics and facts

JBS SA Statistics and Facts


Food and Beverage Companies/Brands

  • Company Type


  • Establishment Year


  • Headquarters

    São Paulo, Brazil

  • CEO

    Mr. Gilberto Tomazoni (Global CEO)

  • Number of Employees

    242,000 employees as of 2019

  • Geographical Presence


  • Website

    www.jbs .com

  • Subsidiaries

    JBS USA, Seara, JBS Foods International, JBS-Swift Foods Company, Pilgrim's Pride, Primo Smallgoods, Seara Food, and Moy Park

JBS SA Statistics: Brazil-based JBS SA, which was formerly Friboi Ltda, is primarily engaged in the meat processing sector. The company operates through three business segments namely: Beef, Chicken, and Pork. They are in leather tanning, aluminum can production, industrial waste management, producing soap, glycerin, and biodiesel, and transportation, among others. The company operates in the US, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, and Paraguay, among others.

The company’s businesses are distributed into three units namely: JBS Mercosul, JBS Foods, and JBS USA. The company operates in the US, Australia, Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico.

Financial Highlights:

  • The company’s overall revenue increased from US$ 163,170 Million in 2017 to US$ 181,680.24 Million in 2018, which was an incline of 11%
  • The company’s overall gross profit increased from US$ 23,772.20 Million in 2017 to US$ 26,340.19 Million in 2018, which was an incline of 11%
  • The company’s operational cash flow increased from US$ 8,698.4 Million in 2017 to US$ 11,466.6 Million in 2018, which was an incline of 31.8%
  • The company’s free cash flow increased from US$ 2,777.6 Million in 2017 to US$ 5,699.8 Million in 2018, which was an incline of 105.2%


The company believes that it is important to implement certain practices throughout its production processes in order to support business sustainability, which are as below:

  • Reliable, High-Quality Products
  • Eco-efficient Processes
  • Dialog, Transparency, and Communication
  • Animal Welfare


Doriana, Friboi, Massa Leve, Moy Park, Pilgrim’s, Primo, Rigamonti, Swift Black, La Herencia, BARE Chicken, Plumrose, Aspen Ridge, 5 Star, 1855 Black Angus, Rezende, Reserva friboi, LeBon, Frigor Hans, Frangosul, Delicata, Confiança, Bordon, Big Frango, Anglo, Angus, Swift, Gourmet, and Seara.


Beef, poultry, pigs, sheep, leather, hygiene and cleaning products, collagen, metal packaging, biodiesel, dairy, transport

Business Area:

  • BEEF
  • Pilgrim’s
  • Pork
  • Case Ready
  • Hides & Leather

JBS S.A Business Area:

  • BEEF:

JBS (s.a) provides a wide variety of first-rate brands to retail grocery chains, wholesalers, and food service establishments. Beef upholds the strictest standards for quality, food safety, and animal care.

All facilities of JBS S.A are certified by the Global Food Safety Initiative, and the company utilizes video monitoring technology to ensure food safety and protect the well-being of animals at its locations.

JBS focuses stringently on food safety and on the prevention of any contamination from start to finish in the protein production cycle

Livestock Producers:

The company purchases livestock from a variety of family farmers and local suppliers, both large and small. JBS welcomes new suppliers and invites local cattle or hog buyers. Beef and pork production facilities are strategically located in areas where livestock is raised, enabling local purchasing, decreasing the company’s carbon footprint, and contributing to the economic success of rural communities across the US.


Pilgrim’s chicken provides various products and some other options such as ready to cock chicken, fresh – seasoned, individually frozen, fully cooked, fresh – all-natural, extra tender (pre-marinated), and deli

Ready to cook:

Southern Style Chicken Breast Strips, Popcorn Chicken, Breaded Filet, Tempura Nuggets, and Blazin’ Chunks

Individually Frozen:

Boneless Skinless Thighs, Boneless Skinless Breast Tenderloins, Boneless Skinless Breast Fillets, and Chicken Wing Sections

Fully Cooked:

Wing Dings and Breaded Chicken Nuggets

Fresh – Seasoned:

Backyard BBQ Seasoned Leg Quarters

Fresh – All Natural:

Whole Chicken, Wingettes: 1st & 2nd Joint Wing Sections, Split Breast with Ribs, Drumsticks, Leg Quarters

Chicken Breast Tenderloins, Boneless Skinless Thighs, Boneless Skinless Breast with Rib Meat, Whole Chicken Without Necks and Giblets, Chicken Livers, Chicken Backs and Necks, Chicken Necks, and Thighs

Extra Tender (Pre-Marinated):

Leg Quarters, Roaster, Wings, Drumsticks, Boneless Skinless Breast with Rib Meat, Whole Chicken without Neck and Giblets, Boneless Skinless Thighs, Breast Tenderloins, and Whole Chicken


Chicken Salad


The company provides products through Swift and Swift Premium family segments and offers many different pork product lines. The company provides products, recipes, cooking instructions, and food handling tips for all Swift and Swift Premium signature brands.

JBS works closely with government regulatory agencies, leaders, industry, consumers, suppliers, customers, and the scientific community to monitor the safety of its products.

Hides & Leather

JBS USA produces high-quality, cured hides for leather processing. It has eight hide-curing facilities, including a wet blue tannery located in the Cactus, and Texas. The wet blue tanning facility in Cactus has a capacity of 5,000 hides per day, and 95% of JBS’s hide production is exported – approximately 12,000 containers per year.


Rendering is a recycling process. Rendered products are ingredients in pet and livestock feed, biofuel, fertilizer, soaps, lubricants, detergents, and more

JBS USA has nine beef plants in the US and one in Canada. Nine out of the 10 beef plants include rendering facilities. Each of these facilities process bleachable fancy tallow and meat and bone meal.

Background History of the Company:

1953: JBS S.A was established as a slaughtering business by rancher Jose Batista Sobrinho, in Anápolis, Brazil

1953:  The company acquired a meatpacking plant in Planaltina

1970: JBS S.A acquired its second beef processing plant

1970-2001:  The company significantly expanded its beef sector in Brazil

2001-2006: JBS S.A expanded its business into Argentina

2007:  JBS S.A becomes the first animal protein sector. JBS acquired Swift & Company in United State.

2008: The company acquired Tasman Group in Australia, Smithfield Beef Company in the US, and Five Rivers company

2009: JBS S.A entered the US poultry market through the second-largest company in the US called Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation (PPC)

2010: JBS S.A acquired Tatiara Meats in Australia and McElhaney Feedyard in Wellton, Arizona

2013: JBS S.A acquired XL Foods in Canada, Zenda in Brazil, and Seara in Brazil

2014: JBS S.A was recognized by Bloomberg as the second-largest packaged food company in the world, and the company acquired Tyson do Brasil

2015: JBS USA Australia acquires Primo Smallgoods group, Tyson De Mexico, Moy Park in the UK, and Cargill’s Pork

2016: JBS S.A controlled a 50.1% stake in Dunedin, New Zealand- based Scott Technology Ltd.

2017: Pilgrim’s chicken acquired UPPER Midwest-based GNP Company and Moy Park based in UK and Europe

2018: JBS USA sells Five River Cattle Feeding operations

Highlights of 2018

  • On 2 August 2018, JBS USA supported Marshalltown’s recovery with a US$ 1 Mn investment
  • On 24 April 2018, JBS USA named Lance Kotschwar head of ethics and compliance for the company’s operations in the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand
  • On 11 April 2018, JBS USA committed to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, water, electricity, and natural gas as part of the company’s first sustainability report

Highlights of 2019

  • On 29 May 2019, JBS USA announced an approximately US$ 100 Mn investment at the Grand Island Beef production facility
  • In May 2019, the company announced the release of its 2018 sustainability report and progress toward 2020 sustainability targets
  • In April 2019, JBS USA officially opened the Colorado state university campus US$ 20 Mn state-of-the-art facility
  • In March 2019, Pilgrim’s Pride production facility announced US$ 100,000 in support of the Wanek Center
  • On 22 March 2019, Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation announced and approved the appointment of Jayson Penn as president of Pilgrim’s USA
  • In February 2019, JBS announced a US$ 20 Mn expansion investment for its Plumrose USA prepared foods business in Ottumwa, Iowa, in order to cater to growing food service and retail customer demand for high-quality bacon products

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