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Rise of the semi-vegetarians

The number of meat-eaters who choose vegetarian options – known as flexitarians – has seen a sharp rise, claims a report from Innova Market Insights. 

TPP tariff data boosts meat traders market potential

Details of cuts to tariffs attached to meat and livestock traded between signatory countries of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal have now been released, helping traders identify new market...

Regional Analysis

Major urban centres lead China's growing appetite for meat

As China continues to urbanise, more Chinese consumers, especially in major cities, are adopting Westernised lifestyles, moving away from their previous vegetable-based diets towards meat-based meals. 

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Exotic meats prove popular in United Arab Emirates

Niche and exotic meat production is growing in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), with quail and camel increasing in popularity, according to Gulfood 2015 exhibition director Mark Napier.

Warning signs as Denmark pig exports to USA fall

Denmark pig meat exports to the USA have dropped by a significant 18.2% this year so far, according to US Department of Agriculture (USDA) statistics. 

High expectations for poultry market

The global market for processed poultry meat is estimated to grow to $289.16 billion by 2020, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.4% between 2015 and 2020. 

Sustainable meat and e-commerce key trends for 2016

A global report from the market research firm Mintel has revealed that meat processors should focus on sustainable produce and look to develop an e-commerce avenue for 2016. 

Slow recovery for global pork market

The pork market will continue its slow recovery during the fourth quarter of the year, following the crisis earlier this year that caused the global market to snarl up and...

Fresh approach for Belgian meat

The willingness to explore new markets and flexibility has helped Belgium become the seventh-biggest exporter of pig meat in the world. Aidan Fortune examines the Belgian meat market.

Ghana’s high meat imports highlight domestic production potential

A Ghanaian professor has revealed the meat industry in Ghana produces just 10% of the meat it consumes, and has called for the revamping of the meat industry to create...

Strong outlook predicted for poultry industry

The outlook for the global poultry industry is strong, despite concerns over avian influenza (AI), according to the latest Poultry Quarterly Q3 report from Rabobank. 

Halal boosts fresh meat performance

Demand for halal meat, an important feature of life across Muslim communities, is growing rapidly as the Muslim share of the global population has increased steadily and is projected to...


How the halal sector presents major opportunities

The halal sector adds value to the sheep market in particular and, increasingly, for the cattle market. Halal presents a significant market opportunity, which processors can capitalise on, particularly when it comes...

Retail analysis: Russian Federation

With a population of 143.5 million people last year, Russia consumes approximately 9.8 million tonnes of meat per year, the equivalent of 68kg per capita, according to official data from...

Hot topic

Meat and livestock sector starts to debate Brexit as referendum authorised

In or out? Like every UK voter, the meat and livestock industry has two-and-a-half years to decide whether its future is better with Britain remaining in the European Union (EU)...

Encouraging cattle weights seen in US

Cattle numbers in the US are on the up, but beef exports are continuing to be dragged down by a strong US dollar and high domestic beef prices, according to...

Pig and poultry meat to push up global production

World meat production is expected to increase by 1.3% this year, to 318.7 million tonnes (mt) according to the new report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United...

Global beef export forecast revised upwards

World beef export predictions for 2015, made last October by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), have been revised to nearly 3% higher to a record 10.2 million tons (mt).

New Zealand sees disparity in livestock performance

Climatic conditions have impacted on New Zealand livestock producers, with North Island producers benefiting to the detriment of their South Island cousins, the latest economic reports show.

Global meat market up 3% in 2014

According to recent Euromonitor data, the global meat market grew 3% in volumes in 2014, driven by growth in emerging markets. However, Western meat consumption is being affected by the...


Retail analysis: Australia

Australians have some of the highest meat per capita consumption rates in the world and consume 121.2kg of meat per capita/year, according to data from the Food & Agriculture Organisation...

US poultry exports forecast down in wake of bird flu outbreaks

The USDA has forecast that exports of US poultry will fall to almost 3% to 7.3 billion pounds (lb) this year, as the country feels the impact of several avian...

EU meat production on the up, says new Commission report

Meat production in Europe is increasing, following years of decline in supply, according to the latest European Commission Short Term Outlook for EU arable crops, dairy and meat markets in...

Nutrition factors high in consumers’ decision-making process

The nutritional benefits of meat and poultry products form part of the key decision-making process for consumers, according to new research by the North American Meat Institute (NAMI) and Food...

Guest article

Prospects for the Eurozone in 2015

Matt Incles, from Promar International, describes the latest developments in the Eurozone and considers the impact on consumers and their meat purchase behaviour.

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