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Ready meals: 21st century cuisine

Longer working hours, higher incomes and the demand for convenience and variety are among the key growth drivers for ready meals, according to a recent report from market analysts Euromonitor.

Russian meat quotas prove successful

Fears that more than half the Russian quotas on meat imports would stay unallotted have proved to be unfounded, according to consultancy firm Market Advice.

Livestock lifeline

The English Beef and Lamb Executive (EBLEX) has agreed an £80,000 grant to help continue communications, marketing and livestock improvement work being done by Meat South West.

UK pig levy to be withdrawn

In the UK, a levy to help the pig industry in the wake of Classical Swine Fever is to be withdrawn.

Help at hand for UK sheep farmers

A programme to help English sheep farmers get the best prices for their animals has been unveiled by the English Beef and Lamb Executive (EBLEX).

Pork issue on the table

The issue of the European pig meat market was raised by France at the recently concluded Agriculture/Fisheries Council of May 2003. France inquired into the possibility of introducing export refunds.

USDA: April beef production down

Commercial red meat production in the United States totaled 3.85 billion pounds in April 2003, down one per cent from last year according to USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.

FFB: UK 2002 exports fairly stable

The latest export figures from UK marketing agency Food from Britain (FFB) suggest that British meat exports have achieved a degree of stability following the recent BSE and FMD crises.

Farmers keen to highlight organic alternative

Organic farmers in the US have been quick to take advantage of the current Canadian BSE scare.

Ingredients firm to attend Eurocarne

Global ingredients giant Chr. Hansen is to attend Eurocarne, the 22nd International Exhibition of Meat and Meat Processing Industries. The event will be held in Verona, Italy, from 22 to 25 May 2003.

New pork pricing system in the UK

A new system for reporting deadweight pig prices is about to be launched in the UK which will bring benefits to the whole industry, according to the Meat and Livestock...

America beefs up

Americans, it seems, can't get enough of beef. Demand continues to increase, and a new beef consumption record was set during the first quarter of 2003 in Nebraska, according to...

Europe's sheep population declines

Europe's sheep population fell by four per cent last year, according to figures released from the EU's December sheep census. Within the major sheep-rearing countries however, the rate of decline...

Spaniards put faith in meat products

Meat consumption across Europe has taken a battering in the last few years. But a new report suggests that the Spanish are faithful consumers of meat.

Sars outbreak boosts Thai chicken industry

The Sars outbreak in Asia has had far-reaching implications for a number of industries. China, one of the worst-hit countries, has seen a sharp decline in the export of many...

World Pork Congress to address EU expansion

As the enlargement of the EU draws ever closer, the impact that this process will have on pork producers and processors within the new Member States is becoming a pressing...

British cattle genetics sold Down Under

The British cattle genetics industry has made a significant impression at the giant Beef 2003 show in Queensland, Australia. Over £100,000 (?140,285) of orders were taken at the event.

Tyson subsidiary renamed

The name of Tyson Foods' meatpacking subsidiary IBP has been changed to Tyson Fresh Meats. The new title came into effect at the beginning of May.

Shortfall in Italian organic market

High volumes of organic meat imports are entering the Italian market as domestic supplies continue to fall short of demand, according to a new Organic Monitor report.

Increase in Spanish meat consumption

Spanish food consumption showed a steady overall increase of 1.9 per cent in 2002, boosted by sales of ready meals and a recovering meat market.

Reading the trends - how food producers know what to produce

For many years food has clearly been intimately tied to all things 'a la mode'. Today, Indian food is an integral part of the UK culinary culture - how much...

Food irradiation: a future in Europe?

Although a controversial issue, the food irradiation industry in the US has been steadily growing over the past 10 years. In Europe the industry is still very much at grassroots...