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Hong Kong adds to avian flu blocked list

Hong Kong’s Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department has banned the imports of poultry meat and products from Egypt, the Odessa and Chernivtsi Oblasts in Ukraine and the Klodzki and Krakowski districts of Poland following recorded outbreaks of H5N8 avian influenza. 

Jobs at risk as HKScan issues second profit warning

Finnish meat processor HKScan has lowered its 2016 operating profit forecast for the second time in a matter of months, with at least 35 jobs set to be axed. 

National Chicken Council urges research into slow growth

America poultry organisation, the National Chicken Council, wants the entire industry to invest in researching the economic and welfare benefits of ‘slow growing’ broiler birds.

Christmas sparks boom in KFC sales in Japan

Japan's long-held tradition of celebrating Christmas with KFC has lifted poultry farmers after the industry culled half a million birds in November and December 2016 following a bird flu outbreak.

Ireland's booming food exports defy Brexit fear

The value of Irish food and drink exports last year exceeded a staggering €11bn for the first time in the country’s history – and meat had a big part to play.

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Perfect Fit Meals issues chicken breast recall

Texas-based healthy meal and snack business Perfect Fit Meals has recalled over 3,000 pounds (lb) of chicken breast products due to misbranding and undeclared ingredients.

Burger King signs Miratorg as key meat supplier in Russia

Russia’s largest agricultural holding Miratorg has signed a five-year deal to supply semi-finished meat products to Burger King’s Russian franchise.

Slovenian poultry processor doubles Serbian plant’s output, sales

Slovenian poultry meat processor Perutnina Ptuj has unveiled plans to invest in its plant in Backa Topola, in Serbia’s northern region, with the aim of doubling processing capacity and revenue.

BRF to buy Turkey’s Banvit in $470m venture

Brazilian meatpacker BRF SA and Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund have agreed to buy outright the largest poultry producer in Turkey, Banvit, in a joint venture worth $470m. 

Multivac acquires 49.9% stake in machinery firm TVI

Packaging manufacturer Multivac has acquired a 49.9% stake in meat-portioning machinery producer TVI for an undisclosed sum.

Breast cancer and barbecued meat link slammed

Experts have questioned a US study’s claims that higher consumption of grilled, barbecued or smoked meat may increase the premature mortality risk posed to breast cancer survivors.

Ukraine faces rising threat from poultry and pig diseases

Ukraine faces a rising threat from highly pathogenic avian influenza (AI), as the disease spread to two new regions in the past week, while African Swine Fever (ASF) cases continue to grow.

Opinion split as Trump picks protectionist-leaning trade rep Robert Lighthizer

Donald Trump’s appointment of Robert Lighthizer as US trade representative singles the US President-elect’s intent to change how America does business – and again, it’s a decision that has divided opinion.

BRF launches ‘world’s largest’ halal company

Brazilian meatpacker BRF has launched a new subsidiary called OneFood, billed as the largest halal meat company in the world.

Hilton Food Group partners with Sonae Modelo Continente

International meat packing business Hilton Food Group has entered into a joint venture with Portuguese retailer Sonae Modelo Continente to supply its stores with packaged beef, lamb, veal and pork.

Thai CPF continues expansion with €49.5m SuperDrob stake

Thailand’s Charoen Pokphand Foods (CPF) has signed a preliminary deal to acquire a 33% stake in Polish poultry processor SuperDrob SA less than a fortnight after its big money Bellisio takeover.

French meat and dairy country-of-origin labelling trial begins

France is trialling a two-year country-of-origin labelling (COOL) scheme for meat in ready meals and milk in a host of prepared food items.

Food trend predictions for 2017

Clean and ethical labels alongside intelligent packaging and the demand for organic produce are some of the key trends likely to dominate the food industry this year.

Top news stories from the festive holiday

US tariffs on European Union (EU) meat exports, mergers and a string of avian influenza outbreaks are just some of the biggest stories you may have missed over the holiday season.

CP Foods thaws US with $1bn Bellisio takeover

Thailand’s Charoen Pokphand Foods (CP Foods) has flexed its financial muscles with a $1.075bn takeover of frozen specialist Bellisio Foods and a 33% stake in Poland’s SuperDrob.

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