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BRF Cheese Factory Opens in Goiás

08 March 2012

BRAZIL - With over R$ 30 million invested into a new cheese factory, operations will begin at the Brasil Foods factory in March.

Brasil Foods (BRF) cheese production will increase by 1,000 tons a month. This increase in volume will come from Itumbiara, Goiás, where the company already operates a dairy unit.

“We invested more than R$ 30 million in civil engineering design and procurement of equipment,” says Fábio Medeiros, vice-president of the dairy unit of BRF. “The unit will serve mainly the North and Northeast regions of the country,” the executive adds. Sadia and Santa Rosa mozzarella cheese will be produced.

Furthermore, the Dobon milk compound, marketed exclusively in the North, will also be produced onsite. “BRF is mindful of the continued growth of the dairy sector, especially in the category of cheese, that represents annually about R$ 7 billion,” said Mr Medeiros.

“Every year we sell nearly 700,000 tons of cheese in the country, with the predominant share in mozzarella and prato cheeses,” said Medeiros.

Besides cheese, the Itumbiara complex produces butter, flavored products, milk powder, UHT cream and milk. The production meets the demand of the Southeast, Northeast, North and Midwest. About 800 producers ensure the supply of raw materials which, on average, amount to 14 million litres per month. The items produced in the unit are marketed under the brands Batavo, Elegê, Cotochés and Santa Rosa.

The BRF plant of Terenos produces about 400 tons a month of cheese. “The forecast is to reach 600 tons a month in the first six months,” said Mr Medeiros. “This plan reinforces the presence of BRF in the Midwest, where the company maintains another cheese unit in Terenos, Mato Grosso do Sul."

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