Marfrig's Uruguay, Argentina units supplying U.S.

by Bryan Salvage
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SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL — Marfrig Alimentos S.A. plans to supply the export demands of cooked beef, canned and beef jerky destined to the U.S. through its units in Uruguay and Argentina.

Marfrig operates the Colonia, Fray Bentos and Tacuarembó units in Uruguay and Martinez and Mirab units in Argentina, all approved to export and with aggregated monthly production capacity of 352 tonnes of cooked beef, 440 tonnes of canned beef and 466 tonnes of beef jerky.

Production from these units will allow the company to attend the additional demand to Uruguay and Argentina generated by the temporary restrictions for the Brazilian exports to the U.S. All other export destinations and orders to the domestic market will continue to be attended normally by the units located in Brazil.

Marfrig exports of cooked beef, canned and beef jerky from Brazil to the U.S. in the first quarter of 2010 accounted for 0.7% of its Brazilian beef exports, less than 0.1% of the total revenues of Marfrig Group and the volume amounted 359 tonnes (monthly average of 120 tonnes).

Marfrig operates 95 units in 13 countries in South America, North America, Asia, Africa and Europe.
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