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World Steak Challenge: How Twitter reacted to world’s best sirloin

Australia’s Jack Creek retained the title of the World’s Best Steak Producer at World Steak Challenge at yesterday’s GlobalMeatNews event held in London’s Hyde Park.

Russia is the ‘sleeping giant’ of global beef trade

Geopolitical acrimony has seen Russia’s role in the global beef trade decline, but a supply shortage and a price hike means there is potential it will re-enter the market, according...

China’s production decline sparks import boom

The global poultry industry is entering a period of enhanced market conditions as China’s historic production slump brings a welcome buoyancy to a string of poultry exporters.

Lab-made meat rebranded ‘clean meat’ to address ‘yuck’ factor

Bosses at high-tech food companies producing meat in laboratories have stopped using terms ‘lab-grown’ or ‘cultured meat’ over concerns this puts people off the revolutionary protein.

Poultry prices to rise in China as US chicken imports slide

The price of chicken is China is expected to soar this year and next as the country’s ban on US breeding birds sees imports fall dramatically, according to a Chinese...

Failure to boost meat drugs poses public health risk

An inability to develop new medicine for food-giving animals or remove “unnecessary” red tape could cause problems for animal and human health, an influential veterinary body has warned.

Competition Commission of Pakistan slams meat industry

The Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP) has recommended public-private partnership to run the government slaughterhouses following a critical report into the country’s meat industry. 

International butchers gather Down Under for World Butchers’ Challenge

Butchery teams from New Zealand, Australia, Great Britain and France are congregating to compete in the first World Butchers’ Challenge to see who is a cut above the rest. 

Iran looks to keep growth rate of meat industry

Over the past three years Iran has managed to increase production of table poultry and red meat by 20% to reach an overall figure of 820,000 tonnes (t) of red...

Crisis point for South African poultry industry

The South African poultry sector is in crisis, according to RCL Foods which has posted extensive losses for its poultry division over the past 12 months. 

Russian embargo causes $1bn loss to Ukraine

Ukraine has lost $1bn-worth of trade thanks to the Russian-inflicted food embargo, according to Natalia Mykolska Ukraine’s Deputy Minister of Economic and Trade Development. 

No ‘economic justification’ for regulation, Australian meat processors claim

A report commissioned by the Australian Meat Processor Corporation (AMPC) has argued economic policy would have no impact on the balance of power in Australia’s beef sector.

Hotdogs perform worst in merchandising test

Hotdogs and sausages were hardest to spot out of 45 products on the shelves of supermarkets Walmart and Target, according to analytics firm Quri

Swapping meat for veg may keep you alive longer

Cutting sausages and bacon from your diet in favour of plant-based proteins may lower the risk of an early death, an influential US study has found. 

‘Controversial’ study says meat and sugar equally bad

Meat is just as bad as sugar when it comes to obesity causes and national dietary guidelines should recommend eating less meat, according to Australian researchers.

Red meat linked to kidney damage, claims study

Researchers at the University of Singapore have found that you are more likely to suffer from kidney failure if you eat a lot of red meat.

Where next for Brexit Britain?

The trade rule book with Britain will be torn up and rewritten once newly-elected British Prime Minister Theresa May triggers Article 50 – but what are the likeliest trading options? 

Food trends: low-fat bison meat key to a healthy diet

Meat wholesaler Durham Ranch has called on Americans to eat bison burgers with the business 'committed' to sustainable farming after the US hunted buffalo to near-extinction in the 19th century.

European pork prices leave UK in their wake

Britain is pigged off with Europe after EU pork prices continued a four-month surge that has left the UK industry struggling to keep up.

Chinese pork consumers set to suffer

The global upswing in pork prices is bad news for Chinese consumers who will have to pay record prices for pig meat this year, claims Rabobank.

Vegan firms should target meat eaters

Meat eaters with an appetite for vegetables could be a cash cow for meat-free food companies, according to data from Innova Market Insights. 

China’s pork imports will hit record highs

Imports of pig meat to China will boom by a third as the government shuts down unsuitable farms and the sow herd shrinks to an historic low, analysts have claimed.

News in brief

Millions pumped into meat ingredients laboratory

Ingredients manufacturer Beneo and sugar producer Raffinerie Tirlemontoise have invested in a laboratory in Belgium to improve research and development into ingredients for the meat sector. 

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Russian trade ban inflicts maximum damage

Russia’s politically-motivated decision to slash meat imports continues to be a bloody thorn in the side of the meat industry, according to an exclusive GlobalMeatNews survey.

Post-Brexit options for UK assessed

The UK’s vote last week (23 June) to quit the European Union (EU) creates deep uncertainty over the shape of future meat and livestock regulations in Britain.

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