BLC was established in the year 2000 by an Amiri Degree as a closed shareholding company after taking over from the Bahrain Government, the meat and livestock trading operation, assets including the main country’s slaughter house and feedlot in Sitra.
BLC was initially given a monopoly to import and distribute subsidized live Australian animal meat at controlled selling prices for the first five years from its inception. This ended in 2005 but BLC continued to provide consumers in Bahrain with all types of fresh meat from locally slaughtered animals at subsidized prices and subsequently this was extended to also include chilled meat imported daily by air from different countries. Since the subsidy was lifted in 2015, BLC is fully commercialized company.
The company used to operate an adjacent feedlot with an area of over 91,300 square meters that can accommodate up 55,000 head of livestock under shelter with full high standard feeding facilities. BLC’s multi-award-winning feedlot is classed as one of the finest facilities within the Middle East.
The company was established as a joint investment venture between three locally public listed companies, together with a share for the Bahrain Government - each with an equal shareholding of 25%. In 2007 one of the shareholders sold its shares, and as of today the company is owned by three Bahraini institutions:
1) Trafco Group BSC – A public shareholding company listed on the Bahrain Stock Exchange
2) Delmon Poultry BSC – A public shareholding company listed on the Bahrain Stock Exchange
3) Mumtalakat Holding Company – a 100% Government owned company