Primo is Australia’s largest manufacturer of ham, bacon and smallgoods. In November 2014, the company was acquired by JBS Australia, a division of Brazilian company JBS Global. JBS is Australia’s largest beef processor and one of the largest lamb processors.
The Primo company was founded in 1985 in Sydney with just 38 staff. It now has five processing plants across Australia as well as New Zealand, and employs more than 4,000 people. Primo became one of several Australian food companies acquired by foreign interests in 2014. Others included the Warrnambool Cheese Company (sold to a Canadian company), Western Australian dairy company Mundella Foods, (sold to Chinese interests) and Peters Food Group, sold to UK-based R&R Ice Cream.
JBS was founded in 1953, in the city of Anápolis, state of Goiás, in the Midwest region of Brazil. It was a small facility with a processing capacity of five head of cattle per day. Today JBS is the largest protein processor in the world. The company operates in the processing of beef, pork, sheep and poultry, besides the processing of leathers. It also sells other products including hygiene and cleaning products, collagen, metal packaging and biodiesel fuel.
JBS operates in 24 countries on five continents, with more than 300 thousand customers spread across over 150 nations. It has 200,000 staff worldwide and is the world’s second-largest food company.