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Polish salmonella crisis might undercut EU formaldehyde ban

Poland is unhappy that the European Commission is opposing the use of formaldehyde while it is in the middle of a salmonella crisis.

Demand for quick meat to fuel poultry processing machinery growth

Demand for easy-to-cook meat will have a positive knock-on effect on the poultry processing equipment sector, which analysts expect to be buoyed by demand for added-value chicken.

Czech government buys pig farm on Holocaust site

Czech pig breeder AGPI a.s. has agreed to sell its pig farm in Lety to the country’s government for an undisclosed sum.

Dutch test chicken meat amid huge egg recall

Dutch food safety officials have begun spot-checks on meat-giving chickens, reared on farms housing egg-producing birds treated with the toxic insecticide fipronil, which has sparked a massive egg recall.

Russian struggle against GMO feed hurts meat business

Russian sanitary watchdog Rospotrebnadzor plans to improve the country’s control over genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the domestic food and feed market, according to a government plan on food quality...

Marel taps into Brazil with Sulmaq acquisition

Marel will acquire Brazilian meat processing solutions provider Sulmaq for an undisclosed sum as it sees “growth potential” in South America’s food production industry. 

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Pigs culled as African swine fever strikes Romania

Several pigs have been culled after Romania was hit with its first-ever outbreak of African swine fever (ASF). 

Parisian steakhouse opens with promise to serve better value meat

Italian restaurant group Big Mamma has opened its first steakhouse, Pink Mamma, reportedly selling t-bone and tomahawk steaks up to three times cheaper than its competitors do.

EU pig production increases but farmgate prices remain steady

The number of pigs being produced within the European Union seasonally has been increasing. Citing data from the European Commission, Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) forecasts that this will continue to...

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European pig sector to share intel on gas stunning

Trade bodies backing the EU pig sector will start sharing information on gas stunning amid pressure from welfare activists who have long campaigned against the practice.

Premium Porc to invest in efficiency in Romania

Danish-owned pig breeder Premium Porc is planning to invest with the aim of increasing its production efficiency and expanding sales in the Romanian market where it is based.

Ajinomoto set to thaw Europe with multi-million euro takeover

Japanese food giant Ajinomoto has fired up its European growth plans with the acquisition of France’s frozen food business Labeyrie Traiteur Surgelés (LTS) for an undisclosed sum.

Ingredion improves meat yield with new starch

Global ingredient solutions provider Ingredion has launched a new clean-label, potato-based functional native starch for cost-sensitive meat applications. 

Russia buys Brazilian pork due to lack of choice

Brazil pork exports are down amid political turmoil, but Russia, which has alienated the world’s biggest pig meat traders, has little choice but to buy Brazilian.

Hungarian meat processor to invest €5.4m in new facility

Hungary’s poultry meat processor Gallicoop Pulykafeldolgozó Zrt has unveiled plans to invest some HUF 1.65 billion (€5.4m) to set up a new meat packaging plant. 

Hilton Food Group sees sterling drop benefit

UK-based meat packing business Hilton Food Group (Hilton) has reported solid financial growth for the year so far with currency fluctuations aiding progress.

Acquisitions assist Atria’s profit rise

Two takeovers in the past 18 months have helped Finnish meat processor Atria post what its CEO called “delightful” profit and sales growth. 

Brazil and EU team up to take on food security

Brazil and the European Union are throwing their joint support behind agricultural production and working together to tackle food security concerns.

Hard-hit HKScan posts €20m loss

An earnings decline across HKScan’s biggest Scandinavian markets saw the struggling Finland-based meat processor post a €20.8m pre-tax loss in its half-year results.

JBS puts more assets on the block with $40m Lakeside Feeders sale

JBS Food Canada will sell its feedlots to MCF Holdings for $40m as its Brazilian parent company, JBS SA, offloads more assets following million-dollar fines and a corruption scandal.

Horsemeat trading ring dismantled by police

An investigation by the Spanish Guardia Civil, in co-ordination with Europol, has led to the dismantling of a horsemeat trading ring.

Russia eyes Chinese poultry trade as shortages loom

Russia is planning to promote exports of poultry and pork to China and has already started talks with the Chinese government to increase exports beyond their current low volumes. 

Hogan to lead Middle East agri-food trade mission

European commissioner for agriculture and rural development Phil Hogan will front an autumnal trade mission to Saudi Arabia and Iran in what could unlock lucrative new deals for halal meat...

Romanian meat company eyes higher sales and franchise network

Romanian meat company Carmangeria Sannicoara has unveiled plans to increase its processed meat output this year and raise its sales to €18 million, up 9% compared with a year earlier. 

Food safety body: pork, liver Hep E danger

Undercooked pork is the commonest source of hepatitis E infection for EU consumers, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has confirmed.