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China’s beef processors open franchise stores to target city slickers

11-Apr-2014 - It’s unconventional as most butcher shops go... but the ‘Kerchin Beef Shop’ outlet on Beijing’s Baijiazhuang lu is a hive of activity on a weekday afternoon.

China to build new beef plant, despite cattle scarcity

08-Apr-2014 - Chinese meat processing capacity continues to expand apace with the latest announcement of a new 50,000-head beef lot and slaughtering plant in the mid-sized city of Xiangyang in the central province of Hubei.

Dutch Safety Board report finds deficiencies in meat supply chain

31-Mar-2014 - The Dutch Safety Board (DSB) has published a damning report on ‘Risks in the meat supply chain’, claiming the industry has "numerous deficiencies" when it comes to food hygiene.

News in brief

EFSA says use of peroxyacetic acid would not cause toxicity concerns

31-Mar-2014 - The European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA’s) scientific panel has suggested that using solutions containing peroxyacetic acid (PAA) to reduce contamination from pathogens on poultry carcases and meat would not pose toxicity concerns.

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China’s meat majors focus on convenience as incomes rise

18-Mar-2014 - There was a time when convenience for China’s meat-eaters was a bag of frozen pork dumplings. But today the offerings of convenience meat products are exploding across the aisles of China’s supermarket, with everything from pre-prepared frozen kebab sticks to American-style microwavable steaks on offer.

News in brief

Australian pork body to review activity

13-Mar-2014 - Australian Pork Limited (APL) has announced plans to launch an independent review into its past performance.

Guest article

Beyond the BRIC… looking to the MINT

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.

Chinese meat output growth slowing

06-Feb-2014 - China appears to be struggling to meet its ambitious targets for meat production, judging by newly published data for 2013.

Guest article

Looking back to look forwards

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.

Price slump hits Chinese pig farmers

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.

Exclusive interview

Vion: turning a corner

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

Scottish meat industry faces supply challenge

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.

Fall in New Zealand lamb numbers

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.

News in brief

Free trade up for discussion at conference

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.

Better animal welfare from meat industry, finds report

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.

Lamb crop slightly up, despite lower performances

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.

Comment

China: the devil is in the detail

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.

Feature

UK sees evolution for red meat exports

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

US body calls on government to boost agri exports

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.

World cattle prices return to growth, finds Rabobank

04-Oct-2013 - Global cattle prices have “bottomed out” after two-and-a-half years of decline, according to the latest report from Rabobank.

Anuga Special

Meat centre stage at world's largest trade fair

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.

Special report

8th Belgian Meat Roundtable: Speculation and volatility in the meat sector

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.

Rabobank points to beef opportunity in China

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.

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Can Canada recover meat exports?

06-Aug-2013 - Meat processing is major business in Canada, but can the country recover plummeting exports in the face of tough international competition?

EFSA publishes meat inspection analysis

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.

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China’s meat majors focus on convenience as incomes rise
Feature

China’s meat majors focus on convenience as incomes rise

There was a time when convenience for China’s meat-eaters was a bag of frozen pork dumplings. But...

IPPE in pictures

IPPE in pictures

The annual International Production and Processing Expo braved foul weather but continued to prove a success with...

Beyond the BRIC… looking to the MINT
Guest article

Beyond the BRIC… looking to the MINT

Whenever the phrase ‘emerging’ economies is used, the acronym BRIC is usually quite close behind. However, on...

Looking back to look forwards
Guest article

Looking back to look forwards

Although the New Year has come and gone, there is still the opportunity to both look back...

Irish beef industry looks to China and the US
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Irish beef industry looks to China and the US

The Chinese and US markets will open to Irish beef during 2014, according to Irish Minister for...

Vion: turning a corner
Exclusive interview

Vion: turning a corner

The decision by Vion to exit its processing operations throughout the UK sent shockwaves throughout the industry....

Editor's picks: Top 10 animal welfare stories of 2013

Editor's picks: Top 10 animal welfare stories of 2013

Animal welfare is an important consideration for the global meat industry. With increasingly strict laws on welfare,...