Brazil: leading companies in the food & beverage sector 2018, by revenue

In 2018, JBS was the leading company in the food and beverage sector in Brazil, with a net revenue of approximately 182 billion Brazilian reals. Ambev, a Brazilian brewing company, ranked second that year, with a net revenue of more than 50 billion reals.


JBS is one of the largest meat processing companies in the world. Headquartered in São Paulo, Brazil, it generates a considerable amount of its revenue from its sales in the United States. In 2018, the company’s gross profit reached a value of more than 26 billion Brazilian reals, employing more than 230 thousand people worldwide.

The meat industry in Brazil

Brazilian gastronomy is known for its regular use of meat as an ingredient. Accordingly, meat consumption in the South American country reached a volume of more than 20 million metric tons in 2018. In that year, per capita consumption of beef alone was estimated at 24.5 kilograms, and that of poultry at nearly double.

Leading companies in the food and beverage sector in Brazil in 2018, based on annual net revenue

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Release date

August 2019



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Based on the companies' financial statements unless otherwise stated

Supplementary notes

* Estimates calculated by Valor Econômico.
** The company's financial statements had a date different than December 31, 2018.
Figures have been rounded.

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