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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.

Ukraine sees sharp drop in meat imports

During the first nine months of 2014, meat imports to Ukraine amounted to 132,000 tonnes (t), down 41% year-on-year, according to reports from the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food...

Chinese poultry production forecasts flat for 2015

Stagnant consumption and relatively high feed costs look set to stifle growth in the Chinese broiler industry, according to a new Global Agricultural Information Network report from the USDA’s Foreign...

Modest expansion predicted for global meat trade in 2015

Exports of beef, pork and broiler meat are expected to see a rise next year, according to the latest biannual report from the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service – Livestock and...

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Venezuelan controls encourage major meat and livestock smuggling to Colombia

The Venezuelan government’s economic policies have created a boom in the smuggling of contraband meat and livestock to neighbouring Colombia. The trade is pushing down Colombian prices, putting consumers at...

Brazil looks to ramp up beef production as global demand hots up

Brazil is planning to "step up the rapid intensification of its beef production sector", according to agricultural analyst Rabobank.

After-effects of PEDv and export bans see pork market cool

It will be a disappointing year for the EU pork industry, according to the latest quarterly report from Rabobank.

Russian pork production expected to grow in 2015

Production of pork in Russia is forecast to increase by close to 6.5% next year, to 2.83 million metric tonnes (mmt), according to the US Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural...

EU beef and poultry sector growing, pork expected to shrink

Beef and poultry production in the European Union (EU) has been growing steadily this year, putting the sectors on track for further growth in 2015, said a new European Commission...

Rabobank report gives positive new for global beef industry

Rabobank’s Beef Quarterly Q3 report provided "largely positive news" with global beef supply continuing to tighten.

Future prospects look good for EU pork and beef

EU beef and pork production is expected to increase in 2015, according to the latest Global Agricultural Information Network report from the US Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS).

Bullish outlook for global poultry industry

Pricing across the global poultry market is expected to remain bullish, despite the recent Russian ban, according to a new report by Rabobank.

Brazilian beef production and exports expected to rise

Exports of Brazilian beef are predicted to rise by 10% next year, according to the latest Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) report, by the US Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural...

Japan’s poultry market could benefit from high beef and pork prices

With high market prices expected for beef and pork during the remainder of the year, Japan’s low-priced broiler meat could be at a competitive advantage, according to the latest Global...

US beef and pork export volumes drop

The USA has seen year-on-year export volumes for beef and pork fall for the first time this year.

Suckler cows sector could be hit by EU-US trade agreement, study says

The conclusion of a Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) currently being negotiated between the European Union (EU) and the US could have serious adverse consequences for the EU suckler...

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Spotlight on flexitarianism

Almost 50% of the respondents in a special GlobalMeatNews poll said they had actively reduced their meat consumption, suggesting the industry needs to do more to educate consumers about meat’s...

Canadian broiler meat production to rise 2%

A 2% increase in broiler meat production is expected for Canada’s poultry industry in 2015, according to a new report by the US Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service.

Modest increase expected for Mexico’s poultry industry

A modest increase in the production of broiler meat is expected for Mexico next year, according to a new report by the US Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agriculture Service.

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Syrian livestock sector feels the effects of conflict

The livestock sector in Syria has been seriously impacted by the country’s ongoing civil war, with poultry production down by over half compared to pre-conflict levels, cattle herds by 40%,...

UK exports - the big picture

GlobalMeatNews recently spoke to Jean-Pierre Garnier, head of exports at UK red meat levy bodies Eblex and Bpex, on how UK exports are performing, what challenges are being faced, and...

South Korea expected to import more beef

The Republic of Korea is expected to import more beef in the coming year, as domestic cattle numbers continue to fall, and beef prices rise.

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Processed meat – what is the new Euromonitor data telling us?

Processed meat is continuing to see a steady performance in 2014, growing at a rate of 3% in volume terms, which is above the review period (2009-2014) compound annual growth...

Russian meat industry looks favourably on impact of sanctions

Trade restrictions on meat imports, put in place by the Russian government last week, should have a positive impact on the domestic meat industry, according to representatives of the Russian...

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Japanese Wagyu Beef - Too Authentic?

With import restrictions finally lifted after almost a decade of negotiations, authentic Japanese Wagyu beef will soon be available in the EU, commanding top prices. But will consumers actually want...

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Indian meat industry worries about ‘war on meat’, says Euromonitor

India is fast emerging as one of the world’s biggest bovine meat exporters. This, however, does not sit at all well with the country’s newly elected Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata...