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The meat industry is a fast paced sector and its vital to stay up-to-date on the latest developments within the sector, be they processor expansion or the changing market conditions around the globe.

UK reportedly exploring free trade agreement with China

British Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond is rumoured to have started negotiations with China over a multi-billion pound free trade agreement (FTA), only possible once Brexit is realised. 

JBS not directly targeted in corruption sting

Brazil’s JBS claims it has not been harmed by Brazilian police raids earlier this month as the country’s ongoing corruption investigations - dubbed ‘Operation Sepsis’ - continue.

Loma restructures machinery service team

Machinery manufacturer Loma Systems has restructured the hierarchy of its field service team as demand for foreign matter detection equipment gathers pace.

Meat disputes hold up TTIP deal

Disagreements about the meat sector are holding up a deal between the EU and the US on a comprehensive Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP). 

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India and US embroiled in poultry imports row

India threatens to remove import restrictions on US poultry, but Washington has said it will seek to impose retaliatory duties in case New Delhi’s liberalisation falls short of global trading...

MHP chairman resigns, cites family reasons

Charles Adriaenssen, chairman of Ukrainian agro-industrial company MHP, has stepped down after a decade at the helm of the feed and meat business. 

Meat industry body set up to track market

The European Commission has established the Meat Market Observatory (Meat MO) to improve transparency in the meat industry and empower it to plan and prepare for a future crisis. 

Canadian meat industry hails renewed Taiwan access

The Canadian meat industry is optimistic that healthy sales will follow after it resumed beef trade with Taiwan following the relaxation of a trade embargo.

Animex creates 1,000 jobs with new meat processing plant

Polish pork and poultry processor Animex Foods plans to build a meat processing plant in Żelazków, west Poland, with the facility set to generate over 1,000 new jobs.

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IMTA sets out Brexit strategy

A post-Brexit strategy for British meat exporters has been developed by the International Meat Trade Association (IMTA).

Bord Bia announces Brexit support measures

Bord Bia has outlined measures to support Irish food and drink businesses during Brexit.

Shocking footage shows baby chicks crushed to death in meat factory

Undercover footage obtained by animal rights group PETA has exposed serious cruelty inflicted on baby chickens ground up alive at a North Carolina hatchery allegedly operated by Sanderson Farms. 

Labour shortages beset Canadian beef sector

Canada’s beef sector has warned that labour shortages in the industry remains a problem  and could get worse in the coming decade.

Beef prices up after ISIS cafe attack

Prices of beef in Bangladesh increased more than 7% after a terror attack on a Dhaka café, which so-called Islamic State claimed responsibility for. 

Belarus eyes international markets

Poultry production in Belarus rose by nearly 70% between 2010 and 2015 and now the country has said it wants to become more competitive internationally.

EU and Russia still at loggerheads over ASF

African Swine Fever (ASF) cases continue to be reported in eastern Europe, making it tough for an agreement to be reached between Moscow and Brussels on lifting trade controls.

Expert warns on impact of lamb imports

Charles Sercombe, a senior figure in Europe’s sheepmeat industry, has called for action to address the ‘pressure’ caused by non-EU lamb imports.

Ireland to address exporters amid Brexit ‘shock’

Bord Bia will host a post-Brexit strategy briefing to calm the nerves of food and drink firms after a survey revealed 40% of levy payers expect sales to decline.

Demand for lamb rises in China

Chinese lamb imports increased by nearly a fifth last month as the soaring price of pork made sheep meat more competitive.

Atria pumps millions into Lagerbergs brand

Finnish meat processor Atria plans to invest significantly in Lagerbergs to boost production and implement sweeping improvements to the company it acquired in April.

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.

Extreme volatility hurts US beef industry

Week-to-week volatility in the US beef sector has caused more difficulty for the industry than sharp price declines, Rabobank has claimed. 

Farm body calls for emergency aid

European farming group Copa-Cogeca has called on EU farm ministers to make more cash available to embattled livestock traders struggling to make ends meet. 

China angry with US over WTO poultry dispute

China is upset with the US after it asked the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to check if China complied with a 2013 order to reform its anti-dumping duties on chicken...

New Zealand fears Brexit will ‘disrupt’ red meat trade

Britain’s possible exit from the EU would mean two years of trade uncertainty for red meat importers to Europe, Beef + Lamb New Zealand has warned.

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