JBS acquires XL Foods' US processing plants

by Meat&Poultry Staff
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SÃO PAULO, Brazil – JBS S.A. announced plans to complete its acquisition of Brooks, Alberta-based XL Foods' US beef processing operations.

When the deal closes, JBS USA, a subsidiary of JBS S.A., will own a beef packing plants in Omaha, Neb. and another in Nampa, Idaho. The Omaha facility has a daily processing capacity of 1,100 head of cattle, while the Nampa plant can process 1,100 head of cattle per day. The Nampa plant is currently idle, and JBS said the company has no immediate plans to re-open the plant.

JBS Food Canada Inc. acquired some XL Food Canadian operations in January. JBS Food Canada owns the Brooks XL Lakeside beef processing plant. JBS took over management of the plant in October 2012 following the largest beef recall in Canada’s history. The Lakeside plant has the capacity to process 4,000 head of cattle per day. It is one of Canada’s largest processing facilities and one of the largest employers in southern Alberta, according to JBS. Under the agreement, JBS Foods Canada also acquired a beef packing plant in Calgary, Alta.; a feedlot in Brooks, and the adjacent farmland acreage supporting the feedlot operation.

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