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Booming Asian mega farms are an ‘economic risk’

Investors should not get overexcited by the risky Asian meat industry as booming production may not translate to soaring profits, a FAIRR (Farm Animal Investment Risk & Return) Initiative report...

Demand for quick meat to fuel poultry processing machinery growth

Demand for easy-to-cook meat will have a positive knock-on effect on the poultry processing equipment sector, which analysts expect to be buoyed by demand for added-value chicken.

US audit questions Canadian meat inspection

A US Department of Agriculture (USDA) audit of Canadian meat, poultry and egg inspection systems has raised "significant questions" that “need to be addressed”.

Unlabelled meat found in one in five sausages

One in five sausages from Canadian grocery stores tested by researchers contains meat that does not appear on the label.

Russian beef and veal imports fall as consumers baulk at rising prices

The global increase in commodity prices for beef and veal has dampened demand in Russia for imports of these meat products. 

Brazil beef exports rising after meat scandal

Brazilian beef exports appear to be returning to pre-scandal levels, with global shipments up by nearly a third in July, according to new data.

EU pig production increases but farmgate prices remain steady

The number of pigs being produced within the European Union seasonally has been increasing. Citing data from the European Commission, Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) forecasts that this will continue to...

Russians are beginning to eat more meat

Russian meat consumption is set to reach 75.2kg per capita in 2017, which corresponds to the pre-crisis level of 2013 and is an increase of 2kg on 2016, according to...

Russia buys Brazilian pork due to lack of choice

Brazil pork exports are down amid political turmoil, but Russia, which has alienated the world’s biggest pig meat traders, has little choice but to buy Brazilian.

US set to eat record-breaking amount of chicken

Americans are expected to eat more chicken than ever before, despite foodservice and supermarket reports claiming consumption dropped by 6.9% and 3.4% respectively.

Cost of Australian red meat set to fall

For the first time in three years, Australian cattle prices are lower than they were 12 months ago and, with production up, the price drop has caused some concern.

Russia eyes Chinese poultry trade as shortages loom

Russia is planning to promote exports of poultry and pork to China and has already started talks with the Chinese government to increase exports beyond their current low volumes. 

US red meat exports grow in May

Exports of pork and beef from the US saw a strong performance in May, according to data from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the United States Meat...

EU meat firms want new export markets as Russia extends ban

The European Union (EU) meat industry has expressed disappointment over the decision by Russia to extend its ban on EU exports of meat and meat products by 18 months, but...

World Steak Challenge: how social media reacted

ABP Poland, a subsidiary of Ireland-based ABP Food Group, has been crowned winner of World Steak Challenge 2017 – and social media responded with a flurry of jubilation.

Meat prices in Canada expected to rise 9%

The price of meat in Canada is predicted to increase by as much as 9% by the end of 2017 according to the latest food price research.

Japanese get a taste for dry-aged meat

Japanese consumers are embracing dry-aged meat as awareness rises of its quality and healthy eating becomes increasingly important. 

Hard Brexit breakdown ‘opportunity’ for meat trade

UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s failure to win a Conservative majority in the general election may soften the government’s hard Brexit rhetoric, benefiting the country's meat industry.

New Zealand meat farmers hit by high oil prices

Beef and lamb farmers in New Zealand have seen fuel prices rise by nearly 20% in the last 12 months, following a recovery in the value of international oil.

Levels of contamination in Finnish chicken static

The chair of Finland’s Broiler Association (Suomen Broileryhdistys) Suvi Rantala-Sarjeant has told GlobalMeatNews there is no consistent rise in levels of so-called drug-resistant super bacteria found in Finland-sold fresh chicken. ...

Modified antibiotic won't change meat sector plans

A modified antibiotic that is more potent to bacteria and could make it easier to fight life-threatening superbugs is unlikely to change meat industry plans to cut medicine use.

Global progress made to address antibiotic reduction, says OIE

More countries are warning industry stakeholders about the risks of antimicrobial resistance than they were two years ago, according to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

China’s decline-hit mutton market shows signs of recovery

After a price collapse three years ago led to bankruptcy and protest, China’s mutton market is now starting to stabilise, according to an independent analyst. 

Rising pork business boosts US exports

The US is poised to overtake Australia in global meat export terms following a strong first quarter of 2017.

EU pork sales boost to China may be short-lived

EU pig meat producers were big winners in boosting export sales between March 2016 and February 2017, according to the European Commission, with receipts rising by more than 33% compared...

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