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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.

Serb meat sector counts cost of Croatia border closure

The meat industries of Serbia and neighbouring countries are counting the cost of a six-day border closure between Serbia and Croatia, sparked by Europe’s refugee crisis.

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Maple Leaf aims for global food safety standard

Maple Leaf Foods has announced that the company will require all of its protein, ingredient and packaging suppliers to become food safety certified to a Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)...

TPP agreement welcomed by trade bodies

International meat bodies have reacted favourably to the successful agreement of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

China meat consumption quadruples since early 1970s

China quadrupled its meat consumption since 1971, according to a PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) report.

Millions of Russians to get ration cards for meat purchasing

Russia’s government aims to subsidise the cost of poultry, red meat and some other foods by 30-50% for 15-16 million of the country’s poorest citizens.

Cattlemen praise positive outcome to US trade talks

The successful conclusion to Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks, which focused on removing trade barriers between the US and several Pacific Rim countries, has been welcomed by the National Cattlemen’s...

EU competition means pork producers must adapt

EU pork processors must confront three choices to prosper in the face of increased retail competition and squeezed margins, according to market analyst Rabobank.

HKScan reveals site of Finland poultry factory

HKScan has decided that Rauma will be the location of its Finnish production facility specialising in poultry products, following its 5 August announcement that it aimed to open a factory...

US poultry body seeks alternative killing methods

The USPOULTRY Board Research Initiative is requesting proposals on alternative humane ways of killing recently hatched chicks and poults that cannot be used commercially. 

Trans-Pacific Partnership considers removal of tariffs

US beef looks set for a boost, with trade barriers among Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries set for removal following meetings with trade ministers in Atlanta this week.

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McDonald’s Japanese arm bounces back in August

The Japanese arm of McDonald’s, one of the largest single users of Australian beef globally, has registered an increase in sales in August after 19 months of negative performance.

Indian man killed over allegations of beef consumption

A 50-year-old man has been killed in a mob lynching in India, over alleged rumours that he and his family had been storing and consuming beef, according to the BBC.

WTO forecasts lower global trade growth

World Trade Organisation (WTO) economists have lowered their forecast for world trade growth in 2015 to 2.8%, from the 3.3% forecast made in April, and reduced their estimate for 2016 to 3.9% from 4%.

Strong dollar hitting beef exports

The strong US dollar is having an impact on its beef trade, with high levels of imports from cheaper global markets and a 10% year-on-year to July reduction in its...

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Group CEO of Danish Crown to step down

Kjeld Johannesen, group CEO of food processing company Danish Crown, is to step down on 1 April 2016 after 27 years in the position.

New Zealand lamb exports down 3%

New Zealand lamb exports declined 3% this season, new figures from Statistics New Zealand have shown. 

Mongolia sets out hopes for large-scale beef exports

This winter Mongolia hopes to send 10.4 million head of cattle to slaughter, including 5.6m for export purposes, which would bring the country’s export volumes to 126,300 tonnes (t). According...

Copa and Cogeca issues target warning to MEPs

Copa and Cogeca has called for “realistic and achievable targets” to be included in the Review of EU Air Quality Policy at a meeting of MEPs on Tuesday 29 September,...

British lamb launched in Hong Kong

Fresh and frozen Quality Standard Mark (QSM) lamb is set to hit 50 premium supermarkets in Hong Kong. 

Suppliers unmoved by new meat standards in India

India has released a draft of its first microbiological standards for meat and meat products. 

Major reductions in pig population forecast for Latvia and Estonia

Latvia and Estonia could almost halve the volume of pork they produce in the next few years, as both countries find themselves unable to halt the spread of African swine...

Iceland concerned over impact of EU deals

Icelandic farmers are worried that two key trade agreements with the European Union (EU) will result in an influx of imported processed meat products - offsetting potential gains in increasing...

Flooding costs farmers NZ$70m

Flooding on New Zealand’s north island in June cost the farming industry NZ$70 million, a report published by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has estimated. 

Argentinian broiler production on the rise

Broiler production in Argentina is expected to reach a record 2.1 million metric tons (mmt) in 2016, fuelled by growth in exports, according to a new US Department of Agriculture...

Sweden sees fall in pork imports

Bad publicity in Sweden for the pig meat sector in the past year – including television programmes critical of industry welfare and public debates over the heavy usage of antibiotics...

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