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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.

Chinese investors to pump $1bn into Belarus meat plants

China-based Xinrongji Holding Group and DRex Food Group will set up several projects in the Belarus’ poultry and livestock industry worth a total of $1bn. 

Tyson Foods introduces animal welfare measures

Tyson Foods, one of the US’s largest poultry processors, will add on-farm video cameras and pilot humane slaughter methods in a major effort to improve welfare for the 35 million chickens it processes a week.

Handtmann opens €7m customer service centre

Meat product manufacturers can devise and test bespoke solutions to processing issues and train on the latest equipment at a €7m customer service centre just opened by Handtmann at its German headquarters.

Germany’s Tönnies eyes land for Serbian pig farms

German meat company Tönnies has applied to the Serbian authorities to secure more than 1 million square metres of available land in five municipalities to set up pig farms.

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.

Fish firm caught up in huge US recall

Massachusetts-based Channel Fish Processing Company is the latest firm to recall food products that may contain undeclared allergens, bringing the total number of affected outfits to 12.

Meat prices in Canada expected to rise 9%

The price of meat in Canada is predicted to increase by as much as 9% by the end of 2017 according to the latest food price research.

Amazon's Whole Foods deal highlights appeal of physical stores

Amazon's move to buy Whole Foods Market for $13.7bn represents a 'tacit admission' that online-only food retailing is still difficult, according to a UK-based analyst.

China rolls out meat safety rule

The state agency overseeing China’s Food Safety Law is requiring all regions to establish a “standardised safe meat supermarket” – a designation which retailers can apply for but will become compulsory to stamp out tainted meat.

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.

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.

Cross-contamination a cause of huge US meat recall

Newly Weds Foods has confirmed it is involved in the massive tranche of recalls issued by 10 US meat businesses, which fear their products may contain undeclared allergens.

News in brief

Algae may help reduce emissions on pig farms

Adding algae to wastewater may reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help pig farmers become more environmentally friendly, the Australian Pork Cooperative Research Centre (Pork CRC) claims.

Opposition to fair play rule raised – again

US poultry industry representatives have redoubled opposition to government proposals scrapping the need for farmers to prove competition harm in order to claim compensation.

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.

Meatpacker Minerva seeking $350m to pay debts or takeovers

Multi-species Brazilian meat processor Minerva SA is looking to raise $350m in capital a week after beleaguered giant JBS sold the firm many of its South American beef assets.

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