Brazil's Marfrig to supply cooked beef, canned and beef jerky to the U.S. through its units in Uruguay and Argentina due to temporary restrictions for Brazilian exports to the U.S.

SAO PAULO , May 31, 2010 (press release) – Marfrig Alimentos S.A. (BM&FBovespa: MRFG3) announces to its shareholders and the market in general that it will supply the exports demand of cooked beef, canned and beef jerky destined to the United States through its units in Uruguay and Argentina.
 
Marfrig has the Colonia, Fray Bentos and Tacuarembó units in Uruguay and Martinez and Mirab units in Argentina, all approved to export and with aggregated monthly production capacity of 352 tonnes of cooked beef, 440 tonnes of canned beef and 466 tonnes of beef jerky. The production from these units will allow the Company to attend the additional demand to Uruguay and Argentina generated by the temporary restrictions for the Brazilian exports to the USA. All other export destinations and orders to the domestic market will continue to be attended normally by the units located in Brazil.
 
In the first quarter of 2010, Marfrig exports of cooked beef, canned and beef jerky from Brazil to the USA accounted for 0.7% of our Brazilian beef exports, less than 0.1% of the total revenues of Marfrig Group and the volume amounted 359 tonnes (monthly average of 120 tonnes).
 
Marfrig has 95 units in 13 countries in South America, North America, Asia, Africa and Europe. The strategy adopted of greater diversification in terms of geographic regions and the product portfolio represents a competitive advantage as well as additional protection diluting the industry risks.

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