CAMPINAS, Brazil – In a strategic move to meet soaring demand for its signature Ross® poultry breeding stock, leading genetics company Aviagen® is making significant investments in Brazil as part of an ongoing expansion plan. A brand-new grandparent farm in Santo Antônio da Alegria (São Paulo) will soon be up and running, with the potential to produce an impressive 3.8 million breeders per year at full capacity.
Construction on this cutting-edge facility will kick off in the second half of this year, with the first placement of breeding stock set to arrive in early 2025. A R$ 250 million (~ $50 million) investment package will not only bring this project to life, but will also fuel expansion of a feed mill in Itaí (SP), the construction of a new wood shaving plant, and the growth of hatcheries in Rio Claro (SP) and Carambeí (PR).
"This new facility demonstrates our unwavering confidence in a growing market and commitment to our loyal customers. Besides ensuring supply to our poultry producers in Brazil and South America, it will help rev up the economy of Santo Antônio da Alegria and its surrounding areas, creating around 130 new direct jobs and injecting R$ 3.5 million per year into the local economy," says Leandro München, Aviagen's Director of Operations in Brazil.
According to Ivan Lauandos, President of Aviagen Latin America, Expansion Project 4 aligns with the company's strategic growth plan for the region. "The vigorous and consistent investments we've made in recent years, ramping up production of both grandparent and parent stock, is a clear signal to the Latin American poultry market just how important this region is to Aviagen. Moreover, the area is rapidly becoming another global hub for poultry stock production," emphasizes Lauandos. "We're dealing with a dynamic market that has a high demand for Ross 308 AP product. Our strategy is to continue expanding production, delivering top-quality birds to an ever-growing market," he highlights.