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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. 

WTO sets deadline to resolve Russia’s EU pork ban

A final decision on Russia’s toxic and long-running trade ban on EU pork exports is set to be published within the next six weeks, according to the World Trade Organization...

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. 

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...

Smithfield ‘proud’ as sows move to group housing

US pork processor Smithfield Foods has increased the number of pregnant sows living in group housing year-on-year as part of a long-term commitment to improving animal welfare.

ABP part of consortium picked to lead food innovation

ABP Food Group is part of a winning European consortium selected to lead “ground-breaking food research” by the prestigious European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).

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.

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.

NFU vows to continue fight against methane emissions

The UK’s National Farmers’ Union (NFU) says livestock producers need to keep up their efforts to reduce methane emissions, but said factors outside agriculture must be investigated as new research...

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.

BRF promotes flagship brand Sadia in Hungary

Brazilian meatpacker BRF’s key brand Sadia has been launched in Hungary with a series of promotional campaigns organised to boost sales. 

Romanian meat processors invest in new plants

Two Romanian meat processors are investing a total of €1.7m to expand processing capacities amid increased protein demand for exports.

Ukraine facing revenue loss after EU poultry ban

Ukraine’s poultry industry is set to lose up to UAH150 million ($5.7m) per month due to the EU ban on poultry imports, according to the Ukraine Agribusiness Club (UAB).

Montenegrin meat processor launches new plant

Montenegro-based meat processor Novi Monteživ has opened a new processing facility in Nikšić, in the east of the country. The move is in response to increasing demand for high-quality poultry...

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. 

Low incident rate of Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies across Europe

Incidents of Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (TSEs) were found to be rare in 2015, according to a new European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) report.

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.

Farming group warns Mercosur deal threatens EU beef industry

An event in the European Parliament, held today (30 November), has warned politicians of the negative impact a trade deal with Latin America could have on domestic EU beef producers.

European expansion for premium e-commerce food trader Gourmondo

German e-commerce outfit Gourmondo, a purveyor of high-end meats priced up to €90, has entered the digital trading space in Austria, the UK and Ireland.

News in brief

Work begins on Skenderaj Weng Fat site

The foundation for a Weng Fat Poultry site in Skenderaj, Kosovo has been laid.

Russia and Turkey rebuild meat trade

Russia and Turkey are to drop trade restrictions and reinstate mutual trade in meat, which virtually stopped after the Turkish Airforce fighter jet shot down the Russian bomber SU-24M last...

Germany vows to control Europe’s bird flu epidemic

Germany has vowed to fight its outbreak of avian influenza as the H5N8 strain rips through eight European countries.

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.