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From raw commodity to added value meal solutions, and the equipment needed to make it all happen, everyone involved in the meat sector needs to keep up with the latest trends to stay one step ahead in business.

Gluten-free meatballs ‘opportunity’ for Irish butchers

After fresh research showed demand for gluten-free food is on the rise in Ireland, Bord Bía told this site there is a gap in the market for gluten-free meatballs.

Ireland’s demand for gluten free is rising – can meat capitalise?

One in five Irish people now shop for gluten-free food regularly and, in a multi-million euro market that analysts claim will continue to grow, is there room for meat producers...

Marvellous meat products – in pictures

Two Greek chefs have published a book in their native country chronicling the recent history of meat development and creating 40 outrageously creative meat products.

US foodservice firm brings out all-natural meat ingredients line

Meat producer Burke Corporation has cooked up a line of clean ingredients as the company aims to position itself as an “innovative leader” in America’s pizza toppings supply industry.

Thailand sends first cooked duck to New Zealand

Charoen Pokphand Foods (CPF) has been the first food company in Thailand to exploit New Zealand’s policy change that allows imports of cooked Thai duck for the first time ever....

Smithfield Foods rides high with hot dog deal

Pork company Smithfield Foods has entered into a partnership with amusement park Six Flags to be the official hot dog supplier to the multi-million dollar valued theme park corporation.

How many hot dogs do Americans eat?

Baseball fans in the US are expected to devour nearly 19 million hot dogs this year, as the new Major League Baseball (MLB) season runs into play. 

Impossible Foods to make four million plant-based burgers a month

Impossible Foods, the Silicon Valley start-up producing plant-based burgers that bleed, will build a new factory in California that can produce 12 million pounds (lb) of meat alternative burgers per year.

Jobs created as Danish and Spanish sausage casing outfits link

Danish sausage skin producer DAT-Schaub Group has entered the Spanish market thanks to a joint venture with Spanish casings company Vicente Gallent SL, creating 20 jobs.

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Texas food firm hit with 15t recall

Texas-based food producer Ajinomoto Windsor has recalled 15 tonnes (35,168 pounds) of frozen ready-to-eat beef products that may be contaminated with rubber.

Mexico eases beef trade tax

The Mexican government will allow a huge volume of international beef to enter the country tax-free this year.

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Chef cooks the world’s first lab-grown chicken

Memphis Meats made headlines around the world with news that it had produced the world’s first lab-grown duck and chicken – now you can watch a video about the innovation. ...

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...

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Cypriot chefs receive a taste of British beef

A host of Cypriot chefs benefited from workshops in preparing and plating Quality Standard beef from Britain to cater to a growing number of tourists. 

Time to enter World Steak Challenge

The World Steak Challenge is back for 2017 and the competition is starting to heat up already.

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. 

Memphis Meats rolls out first lab-grown poultry

Lab-grown meat producer Memphis Meats has announced the production of the world’s first 'clean' chicken and duck. 

Family sausage business expands product range

Flocchini Family Provisions, a US-based family sausage company with a rich Italian history, has launched a range of Certified Angus Beef sausages and frankfurters.

World Steak Challenge 2017 now open for entries

The World Steak Challenge is back and bigger than ever.

Plant-based protein ‘here to stay’ – Tyson boss

The head of one of the US’ largest meat processors has said that plant-based protein products are a “big part” of the food industry’s future.

Japanese meat cake craze sweeps across nation

A new craze is sweeping across raw-food mad Japan that is both beautifully imaginative and nightmarishly suspect: the meat cake.

Subway hits back at fake chicken allegation

Subway has strongly denied media claims that its chicken is roughly half soy, calling the analysis “baseless” and “factually incorrect”.

US pork company breaks the ice with frozen product launch

Virginia-based Smithfield has added six products to its frozen meat products portfolio with the launch of fully cooked sausages and microwaveable sandwiches. 

Major brand launch to promote 100% French meat

French co-operative Terrena has created two brands, which it aims to use to help promote meat products: Sourires de Campagne, an organic beef brand, and farmers’ mark La Nouvelle Agriculture.

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Essentia launches organic beef broths

North American-based Essentia Protein Solutions has launched a new range of grass-fed, USDA-certified organic beef broths and stocks.