Aurora Alimentos, the third largest poultry company in Brazil, plans to expand its chicken processing capacity by as much as 20% over the next two years. Neivor Canton, the company’s CEO, told that the privately-held Aurora intends to invest BRL500 million (US$93 million) in 2021 to achieve that goal. With the planned growth, Aurora hopes to boost its export sales to other markets such as China. The company also hopes to better compete with rival Brazilian companies JBS and BRF, which are respectively the largest and third largest poultry producers in the world. Aurora’s growth ambitions are being announced as the company has been facing rising feed costs, disruption of meat plants in Brazil by the COVID-19 pandemic and export bans imposed by China after outbreaks. According to the WATTPoultry International Top Companies data, Aurora Alimentos slaughtered 242.6 million broilers in 2019. It ranks as the third largest poultry producer in Brazil, the fourth largest producer in South America, and the 39th largest in the world. As a feed producer, Aurora ranks 83rd globally.