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Expansion of Japanese beef bowl chains to drive Chinese meat consumption

Two of Japan’s biggest conglomerates are planning huge expansion of their ‘beef bowl’ fast food chains across China in order to compensate for low growth in a saturated Japanese marketplace. ...

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...

Mexico whets appetite for record-breaking US pork exports

The US broke its monthly record for pork exports in November 2016 after its record-beating trade increased by nearly a quarter year-on-year.

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.

Meat body slams study linking cured meat to asthma

A French study linking increased cured meat consumption with increased risks for asthma sufferers has been strongly rebuked by the North American Meat Institute (NAMI).

Processed meat may ‘worsen’ asthma symptoms

Asthma sufferers could be at risk of making their symptoms worse, if they consume a high level of processed meat, according to French researchers.

Meat sales to Japan ready meals segment on the up

Large meat producers in Japan are eyeing the ready meal sector as a key income stream following increased demand for such products. 

Danish organic meat exports to Asia rising

Denmark’s organic meat exports to Asia, fuelled especially by sales to mainland China and Hong Kong, rose steadily in 2015 compared with the year before.

US pork and beef exports see double-digit growth in October

US pork and beef exports had a strong October, with both achieving double-digit increases from a year ago, according to statistics released by United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and...

Russia set to approve heat-treated meat exports to Japan

Russia is close to approving veterinary certificates for exports of meat, in particular heat-treated beef, from the Kaliningrad facility of Miratorg to Japan, Russian veterinary body Rosselkhoznadzor reported on 5...

Japan scrambles to limit impact of bird flu outbreak

Japan has confirmed a third outbreak of avian flu in as many days, prompting the cull of thousands of farmed birds in the north of the country.

Bird flu outbreaks rock poultry sector as prices rise

Waves of avian influenza (AI) across Europe, Asia and Africa could impact the poultry industry just as broiler prices rise and feed costs drop. 

Bird flu on Britain’s doorstep as virus hits Calais

A highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza (AI) strain has been detected in a flock of wild ducks in Calais, putting UK authorities on high alert.

Poultry import ban amid avian influenza outbreak in Denmark

Singapore, Japan and South Korea have stopped poultry imports from Denmark after an avian influenza virus (H5N8) outbreak affected the country’s entire poultry sector. 

Meat industry ‘hit hard’ by EU trade policy

The EU meat industry, particularly beef, could be “hit hard” by upcoming trade deals signed by the European Union, a study has warned.

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Speakers at the World Meat Congress, in Uruguay’s Punta del Este, concluded that meat will continue to play a vital role in reducing poverty and feeding the world's growing population. ...

Huge science leap needed to control farm-driven antimicrobial resistance

A giant leap in research is needed to effectively end the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance, according to a Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) report.

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Social media erodes consumer trust in meat

The use of social media to shame and defame meat companies accused of wrongdoing and malpractice is eroding consumer trust. 

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Reducing meat consumption poses ‘significant’ health risk

Calls to cut meat consumption to reduce the risk of developing cancer raise serious health concerns and consumers heeding such advice could end up suffering from nutritional deficiencies. 

International Beef Alliance urges progress on TPP

The International Beef Alliance (IBA) has called on all members of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) to speed up the ratification process. 

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China is Belgium’s fastest-growing meat market

China has delivered Belgium’s biggest meat export growth in the past half-year, according to the Belgian Meat Office (VLAM).

Shortage of wagyu calves puts pressure on Japan beef industry

A severe shortage of wagyu calves in Japan is putting pressure on producers of this special native beef livestock, as calf prices soar and breeders risk a fall in turnover. ...

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Giraudi launches premium Kobe beef lines

Monaco-based meat supplier Giraudi has launched Kobe Kreations, a range of premium frozen Kobe beef products targeting restaurants across the globe and attracting interest from mainstream retail buyers at Sial...

Eating processed meat may cause headaches

US scientists have claimed that the nitrate found in processed meats, such as bacon, may be the cause of migraines.