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Thai meat giant claims ethical approach to hiring of migrants

One of Thailand’s largest meat companies, Charoen Pokphand Foods (CPF), has declared that the migrant staff comprising nearly a fifth of its workforce have been recruited in line with anti-slavery...

China and US celebrate reopening of beef market

US beef is back in China after a 14-year hiatus and senior meat figures including agriculture secretary Sonny Perdue marked the occasion in quintessentially American style: by eating a giant...

New Zealand opens FTA talks with South America

New Zealand has launched talks with four South American countries and red meat exporters to create a free trade agreement (FTA) in the wake of Donald Trump’s Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)...

JBS changes structure after corruption scandal

Beleaguered Brazilian meat giant JBS has created an executive committee to advise its board directors as it seeks to distance itself from the government corruption scandal that has rocked Brazil. ...

Beef producers gear up for World Steak Challenge 2017

The competition to find the World’s Best Steak is less than a week away.

Belarus’ president pushes for farms in Chernobyl exclusion zone

Belarus president Alexander Lukashenko has instructed the country’s government to prepare a decree allowing agricultural activity, including the building of poultry, pig and cattle farms, in an area of the...

Hampton Creek enters the lab-grown meat market

Silicon Valley’s plant-based food start-up Hampton Creek is to start making lab-grown meat – and plans to have product in stores by 2018.

Scandi Standard to buy Irish poultry firm

Nordic chicken group Scandi Standard has a reached an agreement to purchase Ireland’s largest chicken processor, Manor Farm, for €94 million (m). 

US hails 'strong team' for World Butchers' Challenge

The United States is the latest country to have announced its line-up for the World Butchers’ Challenge. 

Australian abattoir expansion creates 30 jobs

The Ararat Abattoir in Victoria, Australia has been awarded an $800,000 upgrade and expansion through the Labor government in the region.

Australia looks to safeguard beef exports to Korea

Following a record year of beef exports to Korea in 2016, Australia is looking to defend its position amidst contracting supply and competition from the US. 

European Commission urged to do more against Brazilian beef

The Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) has called on the European Commission to take stronger action against Brazilian beef, in the wake of meat scandal that has rocked the country. 

News in brief

Brazilian beef ban will not spoil Minerva’s trade

A US ban on fresh Brazilian beef imports will not dent meatpacker Minerva’s volume trade, which will now head to Uruguay instead. 

JBS to appeal blocked $300m asset sale

JBS plans to launch an appeal after a Brazilian judge blocked its sale of meat firms in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay to rival Minerva in a nine-figure deal.

KFC Australia’s ‘logical next step’ is home delivery

Kentucky Fried Chicken’s Australian arm is branching into home delivery. 

Autopackaging boosts meat packager’s production rates by 30%

Japanese barcode firm SATO has collaborated with Dibal and Mecatronic to deliver a 30% increase in production rates for an unnamed European meatpacker.

JBS announces major asset sale to cover debt

Brazilian meatpacker JBS has put a string of its assets, including Northern Irish poultry firm Moy Park, up for sale to raise R$6bn ($1.8bn) to pay off debt.

Rising pig supply creates 260 Danish Crown jobs

Danish Crown is hiring 260 new workers months after the pork giant feared an abattoir closure was needed to ease under pressure exports hit by falling pig numbers.

Tyson Foods vice president elected chairman of US poultry council

Marc Killebrew, vice president of international sales at Tyson Foods has been elected chairman of the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC), succeeding former incumbent Steve Monroe. 

EU checks expose ‘serious risk’ from Brazil meat

Tougher food safety checks on Brazilian imports prevented meat and poultry contaminated with salmonella and E.coli from entering Europe, according to a senior EU official. 

Russia’s Cherkizovo, Miratorg reveal meat export plans

Russian meat giants Cherkizovo and Miratorg have revealed strong immediate targets for export growth amid even more ambitious long-term plans to grow international trade.

Cargill may be planning Chinese beef deal

Cargill may be one of the first meat companies to capitalise on newly-approved trade rules governing US beef exports to China.

Brazil’s JBS appoints two executives

Meatpacker JBS SA has appointed Gilberto Xandó to its board of directors and Marcelo Proença as global head of compliance.

Minerva to reopen beef plant closed in 2015

Brazilian meatpacker Minerva SA will reopen its Mirassol D’Oeste cattle slaughterhouse in July, nearly two years after it shut the plant and axed hundreds of jobs.

US and China agree on beef that can go east

US beef sales to China could soon be reinstated now the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has finalised trade rules covering traceability and types of meat eligible for export.