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German firms hikes plastic prices

A German business making sealants for the food and drink industry said it plans to increase prices by 15% in April. 

Canada Budget 2017: meat industry welcomes food cash injection

Canada’s Finance Minister Bill Morneau has earmarked funds for innovation and food safety investment in his federal Budget, launched on Wednesday 22 March – a move welcomed by the meat sector.

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Food safety and packaging webinar airs today

Readers seeking packaging solutions to combat microbial spoilage and preserve and extend shelf-life can listen to the advice of three experts in the field in a free online forum set to air today (23 March).

Smoked meat traders find export joy in Japan

European dried, cured and smoked meat producers are poised for a rapid expansion of export sales to Japan, with growing demand for such products that cannot be satisfied by Japanese specialist producers.

Brazil meat scandal: EU says trade ban ‘inaccurate’

The international embarrassment facing Brazil over its rotten meat scandal has deepened after Hong Kong joined China in banning meat imports, although Europe is yet to follow suit.

US-China trade war threat analysed

The threat of a trade war between two of the world’s most powerful countries China and the United States is low, but analysts warn it could dramatically damage pork trade.

Investors increase pressure to cut antibiotics use

A $2bn coalition of investment firms have issued an antibiotics report as leading financial institutions grow increasingly concerned that overuse of livestock drugs could hit profits.

US food firm gobbles up trendy meat snack brand

US company Conagra has agreed to acquire meat snacks brand Thanasi Foods LLC for an undisclosed sum. 

Vietnamese pork regularly contaminated with bacteria, finds study

Pork sold across Vietnam’s wet markets regularly carries food poisoning bacteria, such as Salmonella, according to researchers.

Catholics OK to eat meat on St Patrick’s Day

Catholics in multiple US states have been given permission to eat traditional Irish food such as corned beef this St Patrick’s Day, which falls on a Friday.

St Patrick’s Day harnessed to promote Irish meat

Irish festival St Patrick’s Day will inspire food body Bord Bía to promote Irish food, such as beef, across a string of countries from Stuttgart, Germany to Shanghai, China on Friday 17 March

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Judge dismisses pork roll farting lawsuit

A discrimination lawsuit filed by a woman in defence of her overweight husband axed from a New Jersey-based pork roll company for excessive flatulence has been dismissed.

Food safety tips for storm-battered businesses

Donald Trump’s government has shared food safety tips after New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia declared states of emergency as the deadly storm Stella swept across the north-eastern US.

New jobs at French packaging plant

Packaging firm Linpac will create jobs and training opportunities after pumping over €7 million into a new production line at its Pontivy factory in France.

Polish meat processors to merge

Polish meat processors Unimięs and ZM Peklimar have unveiled plans to merge with local industry player Madej Wróbel to create what could become one of the country’s largest meat processing groups.

Brazil's JBS moves on Danish Crown US outfit

Brazil’s JBS has agreed to buy US-based Plumrose USA from Danish Crown in a definitive share purchase agreement, valued at $230m.

Ingredients firm to build massive animal feed factory in China

Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) Company is targeting Chinese growth with plans to build a new animal feed factory in central China and add aquaculture production lines to another factory in Nanjing.

Polish meat processor to rebuild plant after fire

Polish meat processor ZM Olewnik plans to rebuild its plant, which was significantly damaged in a fire last January, generating losses of about PLN100 million (€23m).

Christopher White named CEO of Canadian Meat Council

The Canadian Meat Council (CMC), a national association of meat packers and processors, has named Christopher White as the organisation’s new president and CEO.

Russia’s Miratorg targets Asia for $100m export push

Russian meat company Miratorg wants to see its export revenue rise to as much as $100m this year, and a major product push at a Chinese trade show is underway to satisfy this ambition. 

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