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10 Minutes with Cameron Bruett, JBS USA
Bob Langert, GreenBiz | July 5, 2017
This column is about the people of sustainability. What makes them tick? What's their unique way to create impact? What have they learned that works? This time, it's Cameron Bruett, head, corporate affairs (and chief sustainability officer) at JBS USA & Pilgrim's; and past president for the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB).
Bob Langert: Why did you take on the role of president of the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef?
Cameron Bruett: I didn't really know much about sustainability at that time; I was a lobbyist in Washington, dealing with legislative issues, and I found the issue pretty interesting from a consumer and policy perspective. Having been in agriculture policy for all of my career, I've always been a passionate advocate for the American farmer and rancher. I saw a lot of the rhetoric around beef sustainability very focused on vulnerabilities in regions outside of the United States or outside of North America. Issues that American farmers and ranchers had no control or influence over.
Brazilian Meatpacker to Beef Up Production by a Quarter
Oscar Rousseau, GlobalMeatNews.com | July 5, 2017
Marfrig, one of the giants of Brazilian meat processing, plans to boost domestic production by 25%, thanks to higher–than–expected cattle availability.
Brazil is one of the world's largest beef exporters and, as a key player, meatpacker Marfrig has reopened two domestic facilities as higher availability of slaughter–ready cattle paves the way for a double–digit production hike.
A decision to reopen the Nova Xavantina and Pirenópolis refrigeration units in the central Brazilian states of Mato Grosso and Goiás was made due to the "current macroeconomic scenario", said Marfrig.
The business has also been expanding production at four other beef plants based in the states of Goiás, Mato Grosso, Pará and Rondônia
JBS, CHEP Collaborate for Increased Efficiency, Sustainability
Feedstuffs | June 26, 2017
CHEP announced June 26 an agreement with JBS USA to expand existing pallet volumes and engage in additional collaborative supply chain solutions. During the last 12 months, ongoing collaboration has resulted in the elimination of 880,000 empty truck miles from the JBS supply chain, resulting in a reduction of more than 3.3 million lb. of carbon dioxide emissions.
"At JBS, we constantly seek to reduce our environmental footprint across our operations, and that includes our significant transportation assets," said Tim Wagner, JBS procurement category manager. "CHEP was a logical partner to help us make our transportation system more efficient and more sustainable. The results of our work together speak for themselves, and we look forward to working with CHEP to develop additional platform and supply chain solutions."
Livestock Industry Supports WGA
National Cattlemen's Beef Association | June 28, 2017
Today, Dave Eliason, Utah rancher and president of the Public Lands Council (PLC), and Craig Uden, Nebraska cattle producer and president of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA), issued the following statements regarding the recommendations stemming from the Western Governors Association Species Conservation and Endangered Species Act Initiative:
"The process that has unfolded over the past few years is an example of what can be accomplished when we put our differences aside and come together to tackle complex problems," said Eliason. "WGA, and Governor Mead in particular, deserve a lot of credit for their leadership on this issue. These recommendations were developed through engagement with diverse stakeholders and we urge Congress to use this as a roadmap to modernize the Endangered Species Act."
JBS Changes Structure After Corruption Scandal
Rod Addy, GlobalMeatNews.com | June 30, 2017
Beleaguered Brazilian meat giant JBS has created an executive committee to advise its board directors as it seeks to distance itself from the government corruption scandal that has rocked Brazil.
Tarek Farahat and Gilberto Xandó, both board directors, and chief executive Wesley Batista have been elected to the committee. Its responsibilities include advising the board on management of the company and major corporate deals, JBS said. It will also provide guidance on preparing annual budgets and investment, policies and strategy and improvements to management.