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Barretos, May 5, 2010 - Minerva S.A. (BOVESPA: BEEF3; Bloomberg: BEEF3.BZ; Reuters: BEEF3.SA), one of Brazil’s market leaders in the production and sale of fresh beef, live cattle and cattle byproducts, with operations also in the beef, pork and poultry processing segments, announces to the market that on May 4 it inaugurated the cattle slaughter plant in the city of Campina Verde, which is located in the Triângulo Mineiro region of western Minas Gerais state.

The plant launched operations with a cattle slaughter rate of 350 head/day and in a short period of time should reach its nominal capacity of 700 head/day. The unit is approved to sell products in both the domestic and foreign markets.

The acquisition is part of the company’s strategy to diversify its units geographically. With this new plant, Minerva increases its installed capacity by 10% and now has nine production units located in the states of São Paulo, Goiás, Tocantins, Rondônia, Minas Gerais and Mato Grosso do Sul, as well as a plant in Paraguay.

The state of Minas Gerais has one of Brazil’s largest cattle herds, estimated at 22.4 million head.