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Abstract

This award-winning case tracks the growth of Sao Paulo-based JBS SA from a small butcher shop in Brazil to a global leader in animal protein processing. By 2015, JBS had grown into the world's largest processor of animal protein with operations in five continents and serving more than 300,000 customers across 150 countries. The journey of JBS was an impressive one with a strategic focus on geographical and product diversification; low-cost production; a diversified portfolio of branded, convenient, and value added products; and a strong and efficient management. Serial acquisitions of established businesses were the bedrock of the company’s evolution. The case describes the strategies adopted by JBS to strengthen its brand image and to grow and profit in a sustainable way. It highlights the competitive advantages developed by JBS in the animal protein industry that placed it ahead of its competitors. The case also presents the challenges the company faced in both domestic and international markets such as fluctuations in currency, economic and political instability, compliance with social and environmental aspects, and issues related to animal health and welfare, and cattle sourcing. While the management of JBS was confident about its strategy, analysts wondered whether the company would be able to meet the rising global demand for animal protein and sustain its growth in the long term.
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2006-2016

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Abstract

This award-winning case tracks the growth of Sao Paulo-based JBS SA from a small butcher shop in Brazil to a global leader in animal protein processing. By 2015, JBS had grown into the world's largest processor of animal protein with operations in five continents and serving more than 300,000 customers across 150 countries. The journey of JBS was an impressive one with a strategic focus on geographical and product diversification; low-cost production; a diversified portfolio of branded, convenient, and value added products; and a strong and efficient management. Serial acquisitions of established businesses were the bedrock of the company’s evolution. The case describes the strategies adopted by JBS to strengthen its brand image and to grow and profit in a sustainable way. It highlights the competitive advantages developed by JBS in the animal protein industry that placed it ahead of its competitors. The case also presents the challenges the company faced in both domestic and international markets such as fluctuations in currency, economic and political instability, compliance with social and environmental aspects, and issues related to animal health and welfare, and cattle sourcing. While the management of JBS was confident about its strategy, analysts wondered whether the company would be able to meet the rising global demand for animal protein and sustain its growth in the long term.

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Locations:
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Size:
Large
Other setting(s):
2006-2016

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