China has become New Zealand’s second-largest market for beef and the largest for its lamb in the 12 months ending 31 March 2015, the Meat Industrial Association (MIA) of New Zealand has told GlobalMeatNews.
US retail giant Walmart Stores is urging its meat, dairy, seafood and egg suppliers to cut back on the use of antibiotics in their livestock, making it the first multiple grocer to take such a stance.
The US meat industry remains upbeat about the prospects for exporting its beef, lamb and pork, despite facing a number of hurdles in the past year.
Profits at Danish Crown have increased by 28% in the first half of the 2014/15 financial year, due in part to the takeover of the remaining 50% of leading Polish meat producer Sokołów last year.
There has been a slight increase in the number of raw meat and poultry products infected by salmonella and campylobacter in the US, according to the latest US Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service quarterly report.