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Volume of food manufactured by country

SDG 12
2021 2022 2023
Total volume of food production (tons) 1,001,125.26 1,035,928.49 1,037,999.74
Brazil (t) 357,070.47 439,578.00 476,753.18
Australia (t) - 3,926.24 61,508.21
Argentina (t) 144,753.88 155,316.83 133,362.62
Colombia (t) 145,498.84 129,570.19 42,954.88
Paraguay (t) 203,449.32 193,667.2 185,701.00
Uruguay (t) 150,352.76 113,870.03 137,719.85

Context

To achieve this, we’ve established a robust food quality and safety management system across all our units and locations. This system, rooted in our Integrated Management System Policy, adheres to the specific standards and legislation of each country in which we operate. It meticulously oversees every phase of the production process, providing comprehensive coverage for 100% of our products.
* Manufactured foods include meat on the bone, boneless meat, offal, innards, and processed foods.
** Bovine meat is considered to be: meat on the bone, boneless meat and bovine/sheep offal. Other by-products include: bones, offal and viscera, among other by-products. The segmentation was expanded in 2023 to include the following categories: biodiesel, leather, industrialized products and tallow.

% of food manufactured* in food safety certified units

SASB FB-MP-250a.2 SDG 12
2021 2022 2023
Brazil (%) 100 100 100
Australia (%) - 100 100
Argentina (%) 100 100 80
Colombia (%) 100 100 100
Paraguay (%) 100 100 100
Uruguay (%) 100 100 100

Context

In 2023, all of Minerva Foods’ units across South America, as well as Colac and Sunshine units in Australia, remained compliant with the regulatory standards set forth by the Brand Reputation Compliance Global Standards (BRCGS). This certification serves as an international benchmark for food quality and safety management systems, endorsed by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). Minerva Foods’ units are certified in other food safety protocols, including HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point). Furthermore, our units adhere to specific production protocols such as Halal, ensuring compliance with legal requirements and criteria established by Islamic jurisprudence.
The units in Brazil and Latam are certified by the BRCGS, while only food products are certified at the units in Argentina. The Australian units are certified according to the following protocols: AS4696:2023 Australian Standard for the Hygienic Production and Transportation of Meat and Meat Products for Human Consumption; Export Control Act 2020; Export Control (Meat and Meat Products) Rules 2021.
* Manufactured foods include meat on the bone, boneless meat, offal, innards, and processed foods.
** Refers to the organization’s total volume of products, including products purchased by the organization from suppliers.

Recalls and access to export markets

GRI 13.10.5 SASB FB-MP-250a.3 SASB FB-MP-250a.4 SDG 12
2021 2022 2023
Number of recalls performed - - -
Number of export qualification perch - - -

Context

Minerva Foods’ emphasis on good manufacturing, traceability, and labeling practices ensures accurate product identification in the event of a recall. Our recall procedure is designed to swiftly identify, assess, and mitigate the risks associated with non-compliant products, while implementing strategies for their correction and prevention. In 2023, there was zero recalls, export bans due to food safety issues.

Food Safety Audits

SASB FB-MP-250a.1 SDG 12
2021 2022 2023
Number of audits performed 33 132 21

Context

All units had their certifications renewed in food safety audits. The non-compliances detected were all considered ‘minor’ with a corrective action rate of 100%.

Production volume by product type

SDG 12
2021 2022 2023
Total production volume (tons) 1,727,106.17 1,658,137.26 1,738,577.74
Beef (t) 938,628.94 863,916.73 909,193.53
Lamb meat (t) - 3,926.24 61,508.21
Industrialized (t) 62,496.32 64,462.39 67,298.00
By-products (t) 725,980.91 725,831.9 296,043.34
Biodiesel - - 51,695.00
Leather - - 165,614.7
Tallow - - 187,224.96

Context

To achieve this, we’ve established a robust food quality and safety management system across all our units and locations. This system, rooted in our Integrated Management System Policy, adheres to the specific standards and legislation of each country in which we operate. It meticulously oversees every phase of the production process, providing comprehensive coverage for 100% of our products.
* Manufactured foods include meat on the bone, boneless meat, offal, innards, and processed foods.
** Bovine meat is considered to be: meat on the bone, boneless meat and bovine/sheep offal. Other by-products include: bones, offal and viscera, among other by-products. The segmentation was expanded in 2023 to include the following categories: biodiesel, leather, industrialized products and tallow.

% volume of animals purchased from certified farms, by certification protocol and country

SASB FB-MP-250a.2 SDG 12
2021 2022 2023
Brazil
Organic Certification - 4.36% 4.88%
Carbon Neutral Certification - 5.08% -
SISBOV (European Union) - - 14.43%
SISBOV (HILTON) - - 0.69%
Argentina
Argentine Angus Beef (AAB) - - 13.18%
Organic Certification - - 0.92%
CUOTA 481 - - 2.38%
Austrália
Hilton Food Group Animal Welfare Supplier Standard (V2 08.12.2021) - - 100%
Paraguay
Organic Certification - 13.55% 14.23%
Uruguay
Organic Certification - 29.64% 32.05%
Carbon Neutral Certification - 0.27% 19.63%
Global Animal Partnership (GAP) Certification - 3.32% 7.86%

Context

Aligned with industry standards and market expectations, Minerva Foods units in Paraguay, Uruguay, Brazil, and Rosario, Argentina, hold specific international certifications for organic meat production. These certifications entail stringent traceability controls, conducted in compliance with Regulations No. 834/2007 and No. 889/2008 of the European Community, as well as the US National Organic Program (NOP).
In 2023, 10.40% of animals purchased in South American units were certified under this protocol.

% of production volume** from operating units certified by recognized food safety standards

GRI 13.10.4 SDG 12
2021 2022 2023
Brazil (%) - - 100
Australia (%) - - 100
Argentina (%) - - 59
Colombia (%) - - 100
Paraguay (%) - - 100
Uruguay (%) - - 100

Context

In 2023, all of Minerva Foods’ units across South America, as well as Colac and Sunshine units in Australia, remained compliant with the regulatory standards set forth by the Brand Reputation Compliance Global Standards (BRCGS). This certification serves as an international benchmark for food quality and safety management systems, endorsed by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). Minerva Foods’ units are certified in other food safety protocols, including HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point). Furthermore, our units adhere to specific production protocols such as Halal, ensuring compliance with legal requirements and criteria established by Islamic jurisprudence.
The units in Brazil and Latam are certified by the BRCGS, while only food products are certified at the units in Argentina. The Australian units are certified according to the following protocols: AS4696:2023 Australian Standard for the Hygienic Production and Transportation of Meat and Meat Products for Human Consumption; Export Control Act 2020; Export Control (Meat and Meat Products) Rules 2021.
* Manufactured foods include meat on the bone, boneless meat, offal, innards, and processed foods.
** Refers to the organization’s total volume of products, including products purchased by the organization from suppliers.