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News in brief

Poultry drives record Finnish meat production

Meat production in Finland reached record levels in 2016, driven by poultry growth.

Brazilian meat giant ‘dissatisfied’ after loss

Meat processor BRF’s fourth-quarter net income fell by over 130% as a combination of political uncertainty and market challenges pushed results into the red.

Russia loses appeal over EU pork import ban

Russia has lost its appeal against a World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling over its blanket ban on imports of pigs and pork products from the European Union (EU).

Profit up for South African foodservice corporation

Multinational foodservice giant BidCorp has reported a 20% rise in half-year profit less than a year after its spin-off from Bidfood (formerly Bidvest Foodservice).

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...

Animex considers options for new meat processing plant

Polish meat processor Animex Foods Ltd has unveiled plans to open a new meat processing facility in either Poland or Romania, and create up to 3,000 new jobs as part...

Norway meat labelling too weak says EU surveillance body

The Norwegian government must improve its labelling controls for meat products, foodstuffs containing meat and additives used in such products, the European Free Trade Area (EFTA) Surveillance Authority has claimed.

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.

Farmers kill thousands of pigs in disease-hit Latvia

Latvia has culled more pigs in the past two weeks than in the last three years, due to African swine fever (ASF) outbreaks. 

Fury over plan to build bacon plant on old Nazi site

Meat processor Handl Tyrol has responded to outrage over its plan to build a bacon and sausage factory on the site of a former Nazi forced labour camp in Austria.

Brazilian meat giant's foodservice web drive

BRF Europe has launched an online foodservice platform as the Brazilian-owned meat giant pumps resources into a new strategy to expand in Europe’s growing foodservice market.

Atria in profit growth despite ‘tough’ price pressure

Meat processor Atria has reported a near-30% rise in full-year pre-tax profit as the business, which recently cracked China, continues to expand.

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Five Irish food businesses ordered to close

A Kebab shop and an Indian takeaway were among five food businesses “acting carelessly” and putting consumers at “risk”  hit with closure orders by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland...

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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.

HKScan to cut 150 jobs after ‘weak’ results

Troubled meat processor HKScan will cut up to 150 jobs and review its business model as profits continue to fall, according to its CEO

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.

Belgium reports first bird flu outbreak in seven years

Europe’s struggle with highly pathogenic avian influenza (HAPI) has seen the disease breach Belgium, a country free from bird flu outbreaks for seven years.

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).

Shareholders vote to save struggling Duc

Shareholders at French poultry giant Duc have voted, in an extraordinary general assembly, to increase their share capital and complete the company’s takeover by Plukon Food Group.

Dutch analysts warn against meat ‘overconsumption’

Scientists from government-linked research agency RIVM have advised people to avoid eating too much animal protein, as a debate over increasing the tax on meat gathers pace.

EU lifts Ukraine poultry ban as disease fear eases

The European Commission has lifted a trade ban on Ukrainian poultry exports, imposed in December 2016 following a regionalisation move for highly pathogenic avian influenza.

Poultry exports drive growth for Ukraine’s MHP

Export sales grew by nearly 50% in the 12 months up to December 2016 for Ukraine’s grain and poultry giant MHP. 

CP Group promises sustainable food production shift at Davos

Thailand’s Charoen Pokphand Group (CP) has joined top corporations at Davos, Switzerland to start an initiative tasked with radically changing food manufacturing to halt waste, improve health and counter climate...