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Tyson Brazil boosting chicken exports

Tyson Foods' Brazilian unit receives export licenses for all its plants in the country. The processor plans to generate between 60 and 70% of its Brazilian revenues from exports by the end of 2009.

Reports state that Tyson bought 3 Brazilian poultry companies in October. The company recently confirmed that it had contracted with Brazilian poultry company Globoaves to produce and slaughter chickens and had set agreements with 670 new growers.

According to Tyson Brazil President Joster Macedo, Tyson's Brazilian operations are expected to grow exports easily above Brazil's Chicken Exporters Association estimate of 5% growth in Brazilian chicken exports this year. Boneless chicken breasts will likely go to the EU while wings and legs typically go to Asia.

Tyson also intends to build on existing domestic chicken sales in Santa Catarina and in southern Brazil by focusing on premium products such as marinated chicken.

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Natalie Berkhout

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