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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.

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...

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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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Realigning global standards for agricultural trade: the US and EU trade negotiations

It is not a rare occurrence for the US and the European Union to be on the polar opposite ends of an agri-related issue.

Global consumption set to rise across meat industry

There are huge opportunities for the global meat industry, particularly in Asia and Africa, according to the Institute of Grocery Development (IGD).

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Segmentation by occasion: can it reverse processed meat slowdown in Europe?

Processed meat has reached saturation point in developed markets, with Europe seeing a stagnant value compound annual growth rate (CAGR) over 2009-2014, according to Euromonitor International, a trend further exacerbated...

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Global pig market expected to return to “something like normal”

While prices across Europe have been spiralling downwards, the global pork market is expected to return to "something like normal", except for the situation with Russia, according to Stephen Howarth,...

Global meat scandal sees US on look-out for greater transparency

Being a trusted manufacturer is key to success in the branded meat market in the US, according to new analysis by Canadean.

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Winners and losers in the supply chain as oil prices tumble

Most people know that the global oil price has taken a big hit over the past six months, falling by just under 50% to US$59 per barrel at the end...

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3D printed meat on the way – and it will be disruptive, say American specialists

3D printed meat production will become technically feasible and could create competition for traditional meat producers as consumers will ultimately be able to print their own meat products – although...

Australian cattle industry expecting tight supply ahead

Two years of record cattle turn-off and live exports are likely to bring significant contraction in the market this year, according to Meat & Livestock Australia’s (MLA) 2015 cattle industry...

Future of global pork market in 2015 remains uncertain

Turbulence in the global pork market will continue throughout 2015, according to a new report by Rabobank.

Meat buying trends analysed in new research

Psychological and sensorial factors are key to consumers’ decision-making process when it comes to buying meat.

Irish meat export year ends with optimism

Beef and pigmeat struggled but overall Irish exports of meat and livestock grew by 3%, to just over €3.6 billion, during 2014.

Meat without murder: How commercially viable is lab-grown meat?

Lab-grown meat could solve many of the world’s environmental problems, says the co-founder of an Israeli non-profit organisation studying the feasibility of mass-produced cultured chicken meat.

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Rabobank report outlines complexity of the China export challenge

Although demand for foreign animal protein from China is strong, the path to success for Western exporters is likely to remain complex and challenging, according to a new Rabobank report.

Rabobank report ponders new norm for beef prices

Tight cattle and beef supplies were a continuing factor during Q4 of 2014, despite prices softening slightly on the preceding quarter, according to a new report by Rabobank.

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Uruguay beef exporters set to benefit from new tracking sytem

Beef producers in Uruguay are emerging as some of the most progressive and successful in Latin America with a universal system for electronically tracking cattle and a continued surge in...

Avian influenza set to influence market next year

The continued impact of bird flu outbreaks and trade restrictions look set to dominate the poultry market next year, according to a new report by Rabobank.


Retail analysis: USA

Price may still be king in shaping American consumer demand for meat products, but its influence is waning as buyers seek more information on sourcing and preparation, according to key...

Kazakhstan looks to invigorate beef production industry

Increasing its seedstock, building larger capacity slaughterhouses and launching world-class information systems for animal identification and traceability are just some of the measures Kazakhstan plans to implement in order to...