Poultry International - February 2018 - 16
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Top 10 broiler
Dominated by Brazilian and Mexican
companies, the top 10 Latin American
companies send 5 billion chickens to market.
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Latin America is consolidating as a region of
strong broiler production, not only because of its
total production, but because it contains three
of the world's top 10 broiler companies: JBS,
the world's largest producer; BRF, the third; and
Bachoco, the ninth.
According to the the totals reported in
WATT Global Media's World's Top Poultry
Companies Database, these 10 Latin American
companies produce 5.055 billion chickens, or
almost three times the production of one of the
largest, BRF in Brazil with 1.724 billion or Tyson
Foods in the U.S. with 1.977 billion chickens a
year. JBS annually produces 3.5 billion birds
across all its operations.
According to the WATT database, Latin
America produced a total of 11.32 billion chickens in 2016. The 10 largest companies accounted
for 48.6 percent of the region's total production.
The top two Latin American producers (BRF
and Seara) produced almost 60 percent of the total
produced by the top 10 regional producers. The
last two (Tres Arroyos and Super Pollo) produced
only 4.5 percent of the total, which shows the wide
differences between the largest producers.
By country, Brazilian companies dominate regional production. This list shows the country of
origin of these top 10 producers:
■ Brazil (BRF, Seara, Aurora and Copacol) - 67.3
(Bachoco and Pilgrim's Pride) - 21
■ Peru (San Fernando) - 4.8 percent
■ Colombia (Avidesa) - 2.4 percent
■ Argentina (Tres Arroyos) - 2.3 percent
■ Chile (Super Pollo) - 2.2 percent
Together, Brazilian and Mexican companies
produce 88.3 percent of the top 10's total and the
remaining four countries produce 11.7 percent.
The internationalization of Latin American
companies' production is a common characteristic among the top 10 regional producers. BRF
operates in Argentina (in addition to other countries in the world). Seara, JBS's poultry business,
also owns Pilgrim's in Mexico and in the U.S.
Bachoco operates in the United States - it owns
O.K. Foods - but not in other Latin American
countries, and finally, Tres Arroyos also owns
farms in Uruguay.
In fact, broilers produced by all the Brazilian
companies in the top 10, plus Tres Arroyos in
Argentina and Super Pollo in Chile, reach almost
150 countries in the world including the U.S.
Another characteristic of these companies,
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