Key issues, countries and systems are put under the microscope as we seek to get under the skin of meat matters and provide thought-provoking commentary.
14-Feb-2014 - Whenever the phrase ‘emerging’ economies is used, the acronym BRIC is usually quite close behind. However, on consideration, the BRIC markets have stepped beyond ‘emerging’ and are actually seeing a slowdown in the momentum of their growth. The gap left behind needs to be filled, so let me introduce you to the MINTs (Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria and Turkey). Developed by the former Goldman Sachs economist, Jim O’Neill – the original creator of the term BRICs – the MINTs are set to be the new buzzword for emerging economies.
06-Feb-2014 - China appears to be struggling to meet its ambitious targets for meat production, judging by newly published data for 2013.
31-Jan-2014 - Although the New Year has come and gone, there is still the opportunity to both look back and forwards to see what has happened in the past 12 months and what might happen in the next 12.
24-Jan-2014 - A slump in prices means China’s pig farmers are having a lousy run-up to the upcoming Chinese New Year festival. Industry experts have blamed the price slump on a combination of factors, including higher pig numbers and epidemics brought on by warmer weather in the northern regions of the country.
24-Dec-2013 - The decision by Vion to exit its processing operations throughout the UK sent shockwaves throughout the industry. A year on from that announcement, and with the dust finally starting to settle from the company’s dramatic retreat, Ed Bedington took a trip to the Netherlands for an update
24-Dec-2013 - Market dynamics will have to change if the Scottish red meat processing sector is going to survive and thrive into the future, meat leaders have warned.
24-Dec-2013 - Meat bosses in New Zealand are reporting a fall of 4.7% in the country’s lamb crop, compared with last spring.
23-Dec-2013 - The consequences of free global trade within the pig industry will be one the topics under scrutiny at a conference in the UK next year.
10-Dec-2013 - US and European meat processors and retailers have made “noticeable improvements” in their farm animal welfare management and reporting, according to a new report.
02-Dec-2013 - The UK’s lamb crop for 2013 has increased by 1%, despite lamb numbers falling by 5% in Scotland and 3% in Northern Ireland.
13-Nov-2013 - China is a potentially valuable market for meat exporters, but negotiating market access can be tricky. Matt Incles, a senior consultant with Promar International, shares his insights.
09-Oct-2013 - Export opportunities for the UK red meat industry are growing, but are still hampered by supply issues and, in the case of Russia, delays in accessing a potentially lucrative market. Carina Perkins reports
04-Oct-2013 - A US report has called on Congress to boost agricultural exports by tackling trade barriers and passing a long-term farm bill.
04-Oct-2013 - Global cattle prices have “bottomed out” after two-and-a-half years of decline, according to the latest report from Rabobank.
25-Sep-2013 - With the worldwide consumption of meat growing, the international meat trade will be travelling to Germany next month to take part in one of the world’s largest food trade fairs.
04-Sep-2013 - The 8th annual Belgian Meat Roundtable brought together Belgian meat industry leaders and international agricultural and meat journalists to discuss problems facing European meat processors, with a focus on the pressure that price volatility and speculation have put on the European meat industry, in particular the pig sector.
30-Aug-2013 - Key global suppliers can tap into China’s increasing appetite for beef, following the country’s struggle to produce enough beef fast enough to meet demand, according to a new report from Rabobank.
06-Aug-2013 - Meat processing is major business in Canada, but can the country recover plummeting exports in the face of tough international competition?
28-Jun-2013 - The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has completed its analysis of the health risks posed by meat, which will form the basis for the modernisation of meat inspection across the EU.
14-Jun-2013 - European consumer knowledge and understanding of the meat market is low, which is contributing to a low Market Performance Index (MPI) compared to other goods markets, according to an EU report.
10-Jun-2013 - Chinese company Shuanghui Group recently announced the acquisition of US meat business Smithfield. Ildiko Szalai, an analyst with Euromonitor International, reflects on the reasons behind the deal.
10-Jun-2013 - Cattle throughput is up by over 9% for the year-to-date in the Republic of Ireland (RoI), including increases of 20% for steers and 13% for cows, driven by stronger trading as well as faster disposal of stock and higher mortality rates due to the fodder crisis.
07-Jun-2013 - The E.coli outbreak at Canada’s XL Foods meat processing plant was the result of failures by plant staff and food safety officials, an independent review panel has found.
07-Jun-2013 - Prices for livestock products are expected to remain above historical averages in the medium term, according to a report presented yesterday (June 6) by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation & Development (OECD) and the UN’s Food & Agriculture Organisation (FAO).
03-Jun-2013 - Despite the Russian meat industry having grown quickly over the last decade it is expected to drop over the next 10 years due to Russia’s new World Trade Organisation (WTO) membership and lower projected domestic consumption growth.
The annual International Production and Processing Expo braved foul weather but continued to prove a success with...
Whenever the phrase ‘emerging’ economies is used, the acronym BRIC is usually quite close behind. However, on...
Although the New Year has come and gone, there is still the opportunity to both look back...
The Chinese and US markets will open to Irish beef during 2014, according to Irish Minister for...
The decision by Vion to exit its processing operations throughout the UK sent shockwaves throughout the industry....
Animal welfare is an important consideration for the global meat industry. With increasingly strict laws on welfare,...
The International Meat Secretariat (IMS) is a major donor to The Six-Second Project, which is challenging the...
With rising prices and complex supply chains putting the meat industry at increasing risk of food fraud,...