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Shuanghui's acquisition of Smithfield aims to satisfy rising domestic demand for meat

Chinese company Shuanghui Group recently announced the acquisition of US meat business Smithfield. Ildiko Szalai, an analyst with Euromonitor International, reflects on the reasons behind the deal.

Big jump in Irish cattle slaughter numbers

Cattle throughput is up by over 9% for the year-to-date in the Republic of Ireland (RoI), including increases of 20% for steers and 13% for cows, driven by stronger trading...

Staff and safety officials blamed for E.coli outbreak

The E.coli outbreak at Canada’s XL Foods meat processing plant was the result of failures by plant staff and food safety officials, an independent review panel has found.

Meat prices to remain high as demand increases

Prices for livestock products are expected to remain above historical averages in the medium term, according to a report presented yesterday (June 6) by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation &...

Slow growth forecast for Russian meat industry

Despite the Russian meat industry having grown quickly over the last decade it is expected to drop over the next 10 years due to Russia’s new World Trade Organisation (WTO)...

H7N9 bird flu threatens global poultry outlook

The outbreak of H7N9 in eastern and central China could threaten the outlook for global poultry sales, according to the latest quarterly poultry report from Rabobank.

Infographic: H7N9 outbreak

The outbreak of H7N9 bird flu in China has left 36 dead and caused considerable damage to the local poultry industry. This infographic from shows the latest statistics on...

Australia red meat exports to MENA soar

Australia recorded record red meat exports to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) last month, according to the latest figures from Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA).


Casings: China growth drives global market

In February this year, Viscofan, one of the world’s biggest casings manufacturers, opened a new factory in China. Costing €27.8m, the new collagen extrusion plant in Suzhou, 80km from Shanghai,...

Surge in Brazilian beef exports

More than 250,000 tonnes of chilled and frozen beef was exported from Brazil in the first three months of 2013, which was over a third up on last year.


EU sheep meat sector’s volatility opens up new export opportunities

A  combination of low prices and production costs, reduction in import volumes from non EU countries, increased production in some sheep meat producing  countries combined with an increasing demand in...

Guest article

Horsemeat: what are the long term impacts?

As the horsemeat scandal continues to spread across Europe and beyond, Simone Baroke, an analyst for Euromonitor, looks at the possible long term impacts.

Russian meat industry sees slowdown in growth

In 2013 Russia plans to increase the production of all types of meat by 2.5% on last year’s level – to 11.92 million tonnes in live weight, according to a...


Focus on New Zealand: Carbon commitment

New Zealand’s agriculture sector has sidestepped the country’s Emissions Trading Scheme, but farmers are clearly committed to working on their carbon footprint, with some good results achieved to date....


Focus on New Zealand: World trade view

New Zealand is a force to be reckoned with on the meat export market, and ships beef and lamb to an impressive 116 countries worldwide. However, limited lamb supply and...

European study links processed meat to lifespan

A new European study has claimed that eating too much processed meat, such as salami, ham and sausages, can increase the risk of early death from heart disease and cancer.


Focus on New Zealand: The great balancing act

A high lambing percentage in 2012-13 meant it was a good year for New Zealand lamb, but this was tempered with a decline in the breeding flock, which meant supply...

What caused the European horsemeat crisis?

As the horsemeat scandal continues to rage through Europe, policy makers and industry are starting to reflect on what caused the crisis, and how it can be avoided in the...

Challenges facing the US meat sector

Patrick Boyle, CEO of the American Meat Institute, discusses some of the challenges facing the AMI's members in the US.

Report tracks shift in carcase value

A shift in animal carcase valuation could have permanent and far-reaching consequences for the global meat industry, according to the latest report from Rabobank.

Beef prices forecast to set new records in 2013

Global beef prices are expected to break records again next year, as demand for cow meat outweighs supply, a Rabobank report has claimed.

News in brief

Australian beef set to grow in line with Asian demand

A significant increase in the amount of beef produced by Australia to supply the burgeoning Asian market is predicted in a new Australian Government White Paper.

Meat firms hit as US hurricane takes its toll

American financial analysts have warned that meat producers and processors are losing business as the impact of Hurricane Sandy, one of the worst storms to batter America, continues to cripple...

New report points to global meat production slowdown

Global meat production is slowing down as a result of disease outbreaks and adverse weather conditions, according to a new report from the Worldwatch Institute.

Pork prices set to hit record next year, predicts Rabobank

Tight global supplies and a challenging economy are likely to push pork prices to record levels in 2013, according to the latest analysis from Rabobank.