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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.

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Leading Russian poultry producer announces favourable financials

Cherkizovo Group, Russia’s largest meat and feed producer, has announced strong double-digit growth in both sales and profits in the first quarter of 2015.

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Brazilian beef plants approved by China after reopening of market

Brazil can once again start exporting beef to China after the final "bureaucratic procedures" were overcome following an agreement last year to end the near-three year ban.

Pressure piles on US to scrap COOL rules as American WTO appeal fails

Canadian meat industry officials and politicians have redoubled their calls for the US to liberalise its country of origin labelling (COOL) rules for meat and livestock, now the World Trade...

ASF hits Polish pork exports to China

Without the elimination of African swine fever (ASF) in Poland, it is impossible to export pork to countries outside the European Union (EU), including China, according to a report by...

Abbott says no to live export ban

Australia will not introduce a ban on exports of live cattle to Vietnam, prime minister Tony Abbott said, after a complaint by an animal rights group that some slaughterhouses were...

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Hormel Foods predicts turkey sales fall

Hormel Foods said it expected sales of its turkey products to fall around 15% in the second half of the year, due to a supply shortfall caused by an avian...

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Provisur announces new appointments

Processing equipment firm Provisur Technologies has made some senior appointments to its teams around the world.

Russia increases meat production thanks to food embargo

During the first quarter of 2015, Russia produced 1.545 million tonnes (t) of meat, 15.2% more than in the same period last year, according to an official report from the...

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Australian minister rejects cattle biosecurity “scaremongering”

The Australian Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb has rejected suggestions that he would support measures in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations that could lead to the lowering...

EU beef farmers call for European Commission help

European Union (EU) beef farmers have called for help in finding new markets to make up for the loss of exports to Russia in the wake of the crisis over...

Encouraging cattle weights seen in US

Cattle numbers in the US are on the up, but beef exports are continuing to be dragged down by a strong US dollar and high domestic beef prices, according to...

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Controlling stake in major French poultry exporter set to be sold

Agricultural co-operative Terrena is in exclusive talks to buy a controlling stake in Doux, France’s largest poultry exporter.

Government pursues saturated fats reduction agreement with meat industry

The Norwegian government’s Healthier Food Choices campaign has shifted focus to reducing the saturated fat content in meat and dairy products.

Uruguayan beef exports on the rise, despite Russian recession

Uruguay’s meat exports are rising, with growing production, aggressive promotions and wide access to global markets boosting sales despite a slump in Russian sales.

EU meat exports to Vietnam surge

Vietnam’s beef and pork product imports from the European Union (EU) have increased 70 times in 2014, compared with 2012, industry experts have said.

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Legislation introduced to repeal US COOL rule

The US country-of-origin labelling (COOL) requirement could be repealed after legislation (H.R 2393) was introduced by chairman of the House Agriculture Committee Mike Conaway.

WTO rejects US’ arguments in country-of-origin labelling case

The World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Appellate Body yesterday (18 May) ruled against the US’ country-of-origin labelling (COOL) requirements for meat, prompting more fears over retaliatory measures.

Pakistan meat sector hopes new government budget will boost halal exports

The meat industry in Pakistan is hoping an upcoming government budget will promote investment enabling the sector to hit a government target of doubling the country’s export earnings from the...

Concerns over spread of US bird flu

Reported cases of avian influenza in the US have now reached 156 in the past six months, making the current situation the most extensive outbreak of the disease ever reported...

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European animal welfare survey to launch this year

A Eurobarometer survey on animal welfare is to be launched by the European Commission in 2015, in the first survey of its kind since 2007.

Campaigners optimistic about organic welfare labelling progress at EU

Renewed calls for mandatory animal welfare food labelling have been made, following a debate on proposed European Union (EU) organic labelling rules at the EU Council of Ministers, in Brussels.

Hungary’s poultry industry calls for equal VAT for pork, poultry meat

Hungary’s industry association the Poultry Products Council has called on the Hungarian government to ensure equal tax treatment for the country’s poultry and pork meat.

Brazilian fresh beef exports to US move ever closer

Brazil could soon be exporting fresh meat to the USA, the chief executive of Brazilian meat processor JBS said this week.

Tariff warning from USMEF over COOL

Canada and Mexico could realistically impose retaliatory tariffs on the import of US meat, the US Meat Export Federation (USMEF) has warned, depending on the outcome of a World Trade...

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US halal market offers increasing opportunities

American lamb and sheep meat producers are focusing on the growing US halal market to grow their business.

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