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Better animal welfare from meat industry, finds report

US and European meat processors and retailers have made “noticeable improvements” in their farm animal welfare management and reporting, according to a new report.

Lamb crop slightly up, despite lower performances

The UK’s lamb crop for 2013 has increased by 1%, despite lamb numbers falling by 5% in Scotland and 3% in Northern Ireland.


China: the devil is in the detail

China is a potentially valuable market for meat exporters, but negotiating market access can be tricky. Matt Incles, a senior consultant with Promar International, shares his insights.


UK sees evolution for red meat exports

Export opportunities for the UK red meat industry are growing, but are still hampered by supply issues and, in the case of Russia, delays in accessing a potentially lucrative market....

US body calls on government to boost agri exports

A US report has called on Congress to boost agricultural exports by tackling trade barriers and passing a long-term farm bill.

World cattle prices return to growth, finds Rabobank

Global cattle prices have “bottomed out” after two-and-a-half years of decline, according to the latest report from Rabobank.

Anuga Special

Meat centre stage at world's largest trade fair

With the worldwide consumption of meat growing, the international meat trade will be travelling to Germany next month to take part in one of the world’s largest food trade fairs....

Special report

8th Belgian Meat Roundtable: Speculation and volatility in the meat sector

The 8th annual Belgian Meat Roundtable brought together Belgian meat industry leaders and international agricultural and meat journalists to discuss problems facing European meat processors, with a focus on the...

Rabobank points to beef opportunity in China

Key global suppliers can tap into China’s increasing appetite for beef, following the country’s struggle to produce enough beef fast enough to meet demand, according to a new report from...


Can Canada recover meat exports?

Meat processing is major business in Canada, but can the country recover plummeting exports in the face of tough international competition?

EFSA publishes meat inspection analysis

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has completed its analysis of the health risks posed by meat, which will form the basis for the modernisation of meat inspection across the...

More information needed to improve European meat market performance, says report

European consumer knowledge and understanding of the meat market is low, which is contributing to a low Market Performance Index (MPI) compared to other goods markets, according to an EU...


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...

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