The Brazilian Lar Cooperativa has announced an investment of € 62 million for new feed mills in Medianeira, Paraná state, amidst strong demand for poultry, mainly from China.
Construction will begin in August and will be finalised in 2024. The whole plant will include 3 feed mills (for breeders, broilers and vitaminised premix) and all the handling and reception infrastructure.
Lar Cooperativa Agroindustrial booked a profit of €1.3 billion in 2019, employed more than 13 thousand employees and has a base of 10,887 members. Photo: Lar
The site covers 26 hectares on which more than 50,000 square meters of built structure will be realised. The new industrial complex will generate 450 direct jobs and contribute to Lar’s livestock expansion. The project is located on the BR-277 road, in front of the Brazilian Federal Revenue Office.
Why cooperative Lar wants to stay ‘clean’
Brazil’s animal protein industry comprises various large cooperatives. One of the best known is Lar, headquartered in Medianeira, PR, in the country’s south. With African Swine Fever ravaging Asia, opportunities are plentiful to promote its own products on a wider scale.
Lar Cooperativa Agroindustrial booked a profit of € 1.3 billion in 2019, employed more than 13 thousand employees and has a base of 10,887 members. The brand carries approximately 300 products (canned, frozen, chicken cuts, in addition to grains: corn and soybeans) and exports to America, Europe, Asia, and Arab countries. Their facilities are in 11 cities in Paraná west region, east of Paraguay (10 units), in Mato Grosso do Sul state (14 units), in Santa Catarina in the municipality of Xanxerê for seed production.
Chicken meat exports up but revenue down
The total Brazilian chicken meat exports reached 399,400 tons in May, according to ABPA (Brazilian Animal Protein Association). The result exceeds the balance of shipments made in the same period of 2019 by 4.5% (382,200 tons). However revenue for that period, US$ 546.3 million, were down 17.3% than in the same month last year. “China strengthened its position as the main destination for poultry and pork exports, and was the main driver for higher export volume. This is a trend that should continue over the next few months in relation to the Asian market,” analyses Ricardo Santin, executive director of ABPA.