JBS® traces its origins to 1953 in Anápolis, a modest-sized city in an agricultural region in the State of Goiás, Brazil. José Batista Sobrinho, our founder, started JBS by processing only one or two head of cattle per day and selling the meat to a local butcher. He grew the business— slowly at first — by providing meat to the workers who were busily constructing Brazil’s new capital, Brasilia, in 1956. In the late 1960s, José bought his first slaughterhouse and began to build what is today the largest animal protein company in the world.
Grounded in a core set of
that still guide our company today, José established a principled, family-owned company where sincerity and humility were foundational to success. José, his wife and his six children worked hard to grow the business, while maintaining the humble agricultural roots that continue to define our culture today.
We know that our greatest influence is providing meaningful employment to thousands of Americans working hard each day to create a better life for themselves and their families. But we also know that the provision of safe and affordable food and giving back to our local communities is an essential role for our company.
Our business is a people business
, not a manufacturing business. It’s what we believe and what we have practiced since 1953.