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US chicken producers richest in farming

Poultry farmers are, on average, richer than most farmers in America, according to a study on the US broiler industry by the National Chicken Council (NCC).

Chinese beef firm blames falling prices for first-quarter loss

One of China’s most ambitious cattle breeders and genetics companies, Xinjiang Tianshan Animal Husbandry Bio-engineering Co, has blamed a fall in beef and mutton prices for what it predicts is...

China's cooling growth to drag pork production down

As China’s economy drops down to single-digit growth, the global production of pork is expected to decline in 2016, according to data from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

US beef exports to Europe tipped to tumble

Exports of beef from the US into Europe have been predicted to fall by as much as 20%, according to Jean-Luc Mériaux, secretary general of the European Meat and Livestock...

Food trends: meat consumption up, beef declines

Global meat consumption has recorded a year-on-year increase when compared to figures from 2014, according to data from London-based market intelligence firm Euromonitor International. 

Beef imports rise as China’s growth cools

China’s official beef imports surged by more than 50% last year as a government crackdown on grey market meat bolstered formal trade figures, according to a new report.

Denmark loses place as top EU pork exporter

Something is rotten in the state of Denmark. The Scandinavian state, once Europe’s top pork exporter, has been overtaken by Germany and Spain as the leading exporters of pork to...

Fact: Americans don’t 'get' fat

US consumers are confused about trans fats and how much of the hydrogenated fatty acid can be consumed in an average diet, according to a new study.

Innovation ‘vital’ to meet growing protein demand

Empowering meat producers and farmers with the latest technology is key to meet soaring demand for meat, which is expected to rise in conjunction to the global population, according to...

Linpac invests millions to become 'leading innovator'

Linpac has announced a multi-million euro investment to help the business deliver cost-effective and  sustainable plastic packaging products which, it claims, will firm up its position at the top of...

Meat substitute market expected to hit $5.2bn by 2020

The meat substitute market is capitalising on an increasingly health-conscious public, hungry for alternatives to meat, and a report has said this sector will grow by 8.4% annually by 2020.

Organic meat twice as good for you, report finds

Eating organic meat instead of non-organic meat could provide you with double the amount of essential nutrients and may lower the risk of heart disease, a study by Newcastle University...

Russia’s economic crisis hurts meat sales

Meat producers are struggling in the midst of Russia’s economic crisis as hard-pressed consumers cut back on luxury beef and pork in favour of cheaper alternatives, like turkey. 

Significant drop in pig population forecast for Estonia

Pig farming in Estonia is facing tough challenges, due to African swine fever (ASF), irrational moves by the country’s veterinary authorities and a negative market outlook, according to market participants....

Argentina to increase beef exports to EU once FMD-linked ban is lifted

Argentina is poised to increase beef exports to the European Union (EU) this year after its government predicted the EU would soon lift foot and mouth disease-related import restrictions for meat from...

Worrying outlook for pork in Rabobank’s Q1 report

The global pork market will remain unsteady in the first quarter of 2016 but will pick up pace in the second quarter, according to Rabobank’s Global Pork Quarterly report.

EU pig market propped up by China

Europe’s beleaguered pig meat market has seen prices fall to its lowest level in a decade, but the sector has capitalised on exports to China, claims AHDB Pork’s market trends...

Britain scores highest in global animal welfare report

UK companies Noble Foods, Marks & Spencer and Waitrose are among the highest-scoring firms in the global Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW) report. 

Meat packaging to enjoy near-decade of growth, report says

A report by marketing intelligence consultancy Future Market Insight (FMI) says meat packaging sales will achieve single-digit growth between now and 2025. 

Taiwan’s election rages over US drug-fed pork

Should Taiwan import US pork that contains the drug ractopamine? This is the question that Taiwan’s presidential candidates have clashed over in a series of heated televised debates.

Food trend predictions for 2016

New flavours and adaptability are among the top five foodservice trends predicted for 2016.

News in brief

Global value of processed poultry tipped to rise

The global value of processed poultry will exceed $289.1bn in 2020, according to a report by Allied Market Research (AMR). 

US beef exports to stabilise in 2016

Uncertainty and volatility in the US beef export market will stabilise in 2016, according to a report from Rabobank.

Brazil rescues Russia’s appetite for pork

With a string of trade restrictions imposed on Russia, the country’s demand for pork has been saved by Brazil. 

Aus' and Brazil the beef exporters ‘to watch’ in 2016

Beef exporters tipped for success in 2016 include Australia, Brazil, India and the US, according to Rabobank’s global quarterly review on the beef industry.

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