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Brasil Foods in UAE Takeover

05 October 2012

BRAZIL - BRF - Brasil Foods SA is to acquire a 49 per cent stake and management control of Federal Foods Limited ("Federal Foods"), a privately-held company headquartered in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates, through its subsidiary in Austria.

The remaining share equity stake in Federal Foods will be maintained by Al Nowais Investments, the current owner of Federal Foods.

Established in 1991, Federal Foods is a leading food company in the United Arab Emirates, catering to a full spectrum of retail, food service and wholesale clients.

The company operates six branches in the United Arab Emirates and one in the State of Qatar, with over 1,350 employees and a logistics fleet over 260 chilled/frozen vans and trucks.

It achieved $266 million net sales and distributed 92,000 tons of products in 2011.

Federal Foods has been a distributor of Sadia products in the United Arab Emirates for over 20 years.

In addition to Sadia products, it distributes a range of chilled, frozen and dry products from other brands and suppliers.

Currently, BRF products already account for approximately 65% of Federal Foods total net sales.

BRF reiterates its intention to continue the partnerships built over time between Federal Foods and current suppliers.

BRF will sell and distribute its portfolio of products in the UAE through Federal Foods, including Sadia and Perdix brands, and the portfolio from the processed products plant which will start operating in 2013.

This acquisition is in line with BRF's strategic plan to internationalise the company, accessing local markets, strengthening BRF's brands and distribution and expanding its product portfolio in the Middle East.

BRF investment for the acquisition will amount to US$ 36 million, in return for a 49% share equity stake in Federal Foods. BRF will hold management control as established in the Shareholders Agreement, and will consolidate Federal Foods financial statements.

The closing of this transaction will depend on the successful completion of a legal and accounting due diligence, which is expected to occur over the following months.

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