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Pigmeat decline causes meat production drop in Malta

Meat production in Malta dropped 3.8% in the first half of 2016, compared to the same period in 2015, figures from the National Statistics Office have revealed. 

USDA expects beef exports to rise

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has set out an ambitious forecast for US beef exports over the next 12 months. 

Chinese beef acquisitions in Uruguay as Beijing dangles free trade deal

The purchase of a Uruguayan beef processor by a giant Chinese industrial conglomerate looks well-timed as China dangles the prospect of a free trade deal before the Latin American nation. ...

Copa-Cogeca admits EU pork market is ‘fragile’

EU farming body Copa-Cogeca has warned that pork and beef markets in Europe are struggling a week after the European Commission delivered a £500 million aid package to farmers. 

China softens drop in Canadian pork exports

China’s ever-growing appetite for international pork helped prevent a greater drop in Canada’s exports of fresh and frozen pig meat in the first six months of the year. ...

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World Steak Challenge sees surge in global interest

The number of participating nations in this year’s World Steak Challenge has increased by 60% since the inaugural event kick-off at London’s Hyde Park in September 2015.

India: Punjab planning 'state-of-the-art' pork facility

The government of India’s semi-autonomous Punjab region is planning to build the country’s most advanced pig-processing facility as India’s consumption of pork and reliance on meat imports both continue to...

China re-imposes anti-dumping duties on US chicken

US white-feather chicken meat imported into China will face “anti-subsidy duties” for five more years, China’s ministry of commerce has announced. 

Pinnacle Foods cuts 85 jobs

US company Pinnacle Foods is to cut 85 manufacturing jobs as it moves production of its growing frozen meals brand Evol Foods from Colorado to Arkansas.

Thailand: chicken sector to boost standards following abuse claims

Two government departments in Thailand alongside the Thai Broilers Processing Exporters Association (TBA) will improve conditions in the chicken industry, following claims of modern-day slavery.

Danish Crown axes 20 jobs at abattoir

Meat processor Danish Crown will cut 20 staff and let 100 fixed-term contractors go at its Ringsted pork slaughterhouse as a shortage of pigs makes evening work unsustainable.

EC welcomes WTO verdict on Russia's EU pork ban

The European Commission (EC) has welcomed a World Trade Organisation (WTO) ruling opposing Russia’s bans on EU exports of pigs, pigmeat and related products, imposed during 2014 because of outbreaks...

WTO: Russia’s import ban on EU pork illegal

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has ruled that Russia flouted international trade laws by imposing a blanket ban on imported pigs and pork from the European Union. 

Meat science students win US scholarships

Nine US undergraduate students in meat and food science have received financial backing from the North American Meat Institute’s (NAMI) scholarship fund.

Russia poised to lift Turkey food ban

Russia may lift its food embargo on Turkey, due to be in place until the end of 2016, according to the Russian Minister of Economic Development Alexey Ulyukaev.

Brazil to overtake US as world’s top meat exporter

Brazil will continue to challenge the US for the position of being the world’s biggest meat producer and exporter over the next decade, according to government estimates.

Silver Fern Farms members vote in favour of Shangai Maling deal

Members of New Zealand co-operative and the country’s largest meat processor Silver Fern Farms have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a partnership with Chinese food operator Shanghai Maling.

World Steak Challenge enters crucial period

There is less than one month left to enter the World Steak Challenge – a competition to find and reward the greatest sirloin steaks in the world.

Polish meat processor creates 250 jobs

Polish meat processor Mróz has said 250 jobs will be created after its investment to build a production and storage facility in Karolew is completed.

Animal feed business ‘excited’ by Indonesia growth

Nutriad, a supplier of livestock feed additives, has ambitions to become to the go-to business for advice on the use of biochemicals in Indonesia’s animal protein industry.

Ex-Danish Crown CEO to advise Russian meat group

The former group CEO of Danish Crown, Kjeld Johannesen, has been appointed a special advisor to the board of directors of Russian agribusiness Miratorg.

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No smoke without fire: meat factory installs smokehouses after blaze

Godshalls Quality Meat has added six bacon smokehouses to its Lebanon meat factory in the US after a fire damaged its old establishment in February. 

Canadian meat processor Olymel cuts 340 jobs

One of Canada’s largest pork processors Olymel has slashed 340 jobs after terminating deboning work at its Saint Hyacinthe meat factory in Quebec.

PhD student lands job after pig genetics research

Dr Alice Weaver has become the first person to gain a job in the pig industry under Pork CRC’s Industry Placement Program – a government-backed employment initiative.

CPF Foods to end migrant abuse in Thai meat sector

Poultry business CPF Foods has partnered with the Thai government to tackle mistreatment of staff in the poultry industry, following modern-day slavery claims at a separate chicken farm.