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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.

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.

Brexit may trigger meat price hike

Analysts expect the cost of imported meat, such as bacon, to rise after the pound plummeted in the wake of the UK’s historic decision to leave the European Union.

Hides earn cash, as meat delivers 5% of US GDP

Hides and skins generate $3.4bn for the US economy, while meat delivers 5.6% of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), according to analysis by the North American Meat Institute (NAMI).

Brazil floods China with beef

Australia has been overtaken by Brazil as China's primary source of beef following a surge in Brazilian beef exports to the country, according to Rabobank.

Ukrainan meat production grows in the face of headwind

Meat production in Urkaine increased marginally in the first five months of the year, according to the country’s State Statistical Service.

China tipped for beef boom

A respected brokerage is betting Chinese companies with access to overseas beef supply will make strong profits by importing and selling the red meat this year.

Meat demand rises in Myanmar

Meat consumption in Myanmar has grown due to an influx of tourists and investment, while a limited manufacturing base presents new opportunities for international suppliers.

Japan's eastern promise

Yorkshireman Matthew Anderson learnt the butchery trade in the UK, but he operates a British-style meat business 6,000 miles away, in Japan.

Philippine halal law to drive meat export growth

Outgoing Philippine President Benigno Aquino has signed into law a consolidated measure on halal exports, which may help boost the country’s meat exporters in the Middle East.

Cargill ‘committed’ to meat growth

Expansion in the meat industry remains a key priority for Cargill after the billion-dollar agricultural trader announced its acquisition of cooked protein business Five Star Custom Foods.

China’s Maling enters beef industry

Huge profits and game-changing scale predicted for a Shanghai pork firm seeking to enter the beef industry through a 50% stake in one of New Zealand’s biggest meat processors. 

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