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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.

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.

Farming body targets anti-meat campaigns

EU farm group Copa-Cogeca has claimed one of the main pillars of its livestock promotion campaign is to challenge the “negative” messages perpetuated by anti-meat campaigners.

Poland’s SuperDrob boosts slaughter and processing capacity

Polish poultry meat processor SuperDrob SA has launched an investment in Karczew, which is expected to raise the company’s slaughtering capacity by a third.

Hollywood stars call for meat consumption drop

China has enlisted Arnold Schwarzenegger and film-maker James Cameron to call for lower meat consumption, with the government poised to tackle its environmental crisis. 

India to bolster pork industry

Senior Punjabi government officials have visited UK pork factories to develop production methods, with India braced for a surge in meat demand.

Moy Park backs Remain in Brexit vote

Meat processor Moy Park has thrown its full weight behind the UK remaining in the EU eight days before the crucial referendum.

Tom Hayes named Tyson Foods president

Food giant Tyson Food has appointed Tom Hayes to the position of president, where he will spearhead strategy on fresh meat. 

Whammy! Anchorman star David Koechner fronts pork campaign

The National Pork Board has partnered with US comedy actor David Koechner to voice its Grill For It campaign – a marketing gambit aimed at boosting pork consumption.

Eurasian Economic Union to slash meat imports in 2017

The Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) plans to cut meat imports from non-EEU states by nearly two thirds, according to deputy head of agricultural policy Anna Buts. 

Meat plant closure puts 550 jobs at risk

Up 550 jobs are threatened as a result of the winding down of two Brazilian poultry plants, owned by meat processor BRF. 

Atria to reduce labour force at meat plant

A multi-million euro investment by Finnish meat processor Atria, at its Nurmo pork processing plant, will lead to an 80-person reduction in staff by the end of the year.

Russian import ban extension slammed

Russia’s plan to extend its import ban to a range of EU, US, Canadian, Australian and Norwegian food exporters until December 31, 2017 has been met with criticism from the...

US pork board appoints William Even as CEO

The National Pork Board in the US has appointed fourth-generation farmer William (‘Bill’) Even as its new CEO.

Cargill in Five Star Custom Foods acquisition

Agricultural trader Cargill has made its second big investment in a week after signing an agreement to acquire Texas-based cooked protein specialist Five Star Custom Foods.

Roma group calls on EU to end subsidies to Holocaust site pig farm

A campaign group backing the rights of Roma people in the Czech Republic has called on the EU to halt paying subsidies to a pig farm on a former Holocaust...

Myanmar’s fast-food industry attracts US attention as sanctions ease

US fast-food firms could flood into Myanmar after the easing of US-imposed sanctions to improve bilateral trade and allow more financial transactions to take place.

Hot dog merchandising effectiveness measured

Analytics company Quri has launched a project to measure the success of performance driven merchandising for 14 food items, including hot dogs, across 1,000 Walmart and Target stores in the US. 

Halal labelling expected to grow

The prevalence of halal labelling is expected to grow by a quarter between now and 2020, according to market research firm Euromonitor International. 

Russia’s meat industry worried by oversupply

Russia could face major meat oversupply problems if it continues to increase meat production by current rates, according to experts.

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