Mexican Chicken King Seeking Deals North Of The Border

Industrias Bachoco SAB de CV, Mexico’s biggest chicken producer, is scouring for U.S. acquisitions to gain a bigger share of the world’s largest poultry market.

While the Celaya, Mexico-based company has 35 percent of the Latin American nation’s poultry market, it has just 2 percent in the U.S. after buying OK Industries Inc. in 2011, Chief Financial Officer Daniel Salazar Ferrer said. Bachoco wants to be among the top 15 U.S. producers within three years.

“We are in search of and hoping for alternatives for increasing our participation in the U.S.,” he said in an e-mailed response to questions. “We have to increase our critical mass to have a better competitive position.”

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