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Russian bank eyes takeover of turkey producer Eurodon

Vnesheconombank (VEB), one of Russia’s largest state-owned banks, may gain control over much of Eurodon Group, the major Russia-based turkey producer. 

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.

Graphic content warning: Bali’s dog meat trade

An undercover investigation by Animals Australia has revealed in graphic detail the growing dog meat trade hitting unsuspecting tourists in holiday hotspot Bali.

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.

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.

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.

Tough chicken meat ‘a big issue’ for industry

Fast-growing broiler chickens are developing wooden breast syndrome that’s making meat tough and chewy in what has become a growing problem for the poultry sector.

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. 

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.

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.

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