Brazilian meat giant JBS is spending US$20m to expand the bacon operations of its Plumrose business in the US.

The investment at the Plumrose USA site in Ottumwa, Iowa, is being undertaken to meet increasing demand for “high-quality bacon products” from foodservice and retail customers, according to a statement. The money will be spent to boost the plant’s bacon processing and slicing capabilities.

JBS said the expansion will create 25 jobs and is expected to be completed by September. The Ottumwa facility was built in 1976 and produces more than one billion pounds of fresh pork and bacon products a year. The plant currently employs around 2,000 people. 

Sao Paulo-based JBS bought Plumrose USA from European peer Danish Crown in 2017 for $230m. At the time, the company said the deal would support a strategy of “expanding its portfolio of branded, high value-added prepared foods, and strengthens its customer base and geographical distribution in the United States”.

And in announcing the latest investment, Tom Lopez, the president of Plumrose USA, said: “Today’s announcement demonstrates our continued commitment to the Ottumwa community and reinforces our strategy to grow our business through key customer partnerships. This significant investment will create more opportunities for local producers, strengthen our leading portfolio of high quality, value-added pork products, and support the growth aspirations of key customers.”  

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