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Online forum explores packaging advances for meat safety

Suppliers seeking an edge in the fight to kill germs and boost shelf-life through packaging innovations can access a free online forum held on 23 March, featuring EU and US...

Q&A: Why checkweighing technology is key for the future

An expert at Switzerland-based food and pharma machinery producer Mettler Toledo weighs in on the role of advanced checkweighing technology and its uses for the future.

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State of the industry: flight or plight?

What are the threats and opportunities your business is likely to face in 2017?

US pork exports set volume record

The US pork trade wrapped up an excellent year on the global market with “very strong results” according to the US Meat Export Federation (USMEF).

Trump called to strike meat deal with Japan

Beef and pork bodies have called on US President Donald Trump to launch free trade negotiations with Japan as prime minister Shinzo Abe jets in for a state visit this...

IPPE 2017

Meat scientist: nitrates good for body

Nitrates benefit human health and are present in far greater quantities in leafy vegetables than in processed meats, contrary to recent media coverage.

Japan ‘meat day’ looms – sales boom expected

Butchers, supermarkets and barbecue restaurants in Japan are gearing up for the national meat trade’s busiest day of the year, dubbed ‘Meat Day’ – on 9 February. 

Hungarian meat processor creates 60 new jobs

Hungarian meat processor MCS Vágóhíd Kft has launched its new pig slaughterhouse in Mohács and plans to increase workforce this month, senior company representatives claim.

Hungary orders poultry indoors amid bird flu concern

Hungary’s chief veterinarian Lajos Bognar has ordered the nation’s poultry industry to keep birds indoors as the country grapples with highly pathogenic avian influenza (HAPI).

New Zealand: Trump’s TPP axe a ‘significant blow’

New Zealand Beef + Lamb chairman, James Parsons, has lamented US President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), claiming the protectionist move will hurt exports.

Japan's tax diversion scheme lifts wagyu beef sales

A scheme by Miyazaki Prefecture, which offers local wagyu in return for tax payments to its municipalities from residents in other parts of the country, is supporting regional livestock farmers...

US meat industry wants Asia deal as Trump kills TPP

The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) has called on President Donald Trump to negotiate a bilateral trade deal with Asia after he withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Meat processors show leadership in animal welfare

Poultry firms Noble Foods and Cranswick, both UK-based, top the global Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW).

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.