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Russia signs meat deal with Uruguay

Uruguay will supply Russia with high-quality beef, following the recent agreement to reduce import tariffs, signed by deputy head of the Russian Agricultural Ministry Sergei Levin and Tabare Aguerre, minister...

Russia’s economic crisis hurts meat sales

Meat producers are struggling in the midst of Russia’s economic crisis as hard-pressed consumers cut back on luxury beef and pork in favour of cheaper alternatives, like turkey. 

Miratorg plans export expansion

Russia’s biggest meat producer Miratorg plans to launch exports of beef to Iran and the United Arab Emirates and establish supplies of chicken to the European Union (EU), according to...

Quality crisis in Russia’s sausage market

Russian sausage manufacturers are gradually decreasing the quality of their products in a bid to constrain production costs, according to a report from St Petersburg consumer protection organisation Public Control.

Russia bans Ukraine pork imports following ASF outbreak

Russia has officially banned imports of pork and live pigs from Ukraine, following the recent outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) in the country’s Poltava Oblast.

Miratorg spends millions on drones and hunters

Russian agricultural holding Miratorg’s giant beef complex is to start using unmanned aircraft (drones) and has hired several brigades of hunters to protect crops and livestock, according to a statement...

Meat packaging to enjoy near-decade of growth, report says

A report by marketing intelligence consultancy Future Market Insight (FMI) says meat packaging sales will achieve single-digit growth between now and 2025. 

Ukraine slaps retaliatory meat embargo on Russia

Ukraine has banned imports of 43 types of agricultural products from Russia, including all meat products, from 1 January in response to similar measures taken by the Russian government.

Russia signs meat deal with Iran

Russia is set to launch supplies of poultry and beef to Iran by mid-January 2016. 

Russia's market filled with counterfeit meat

About 67% of all canned meat and large part of dairy production production at the Russian market is counterfeit, according to a study by the Russian Union of Industrialists and...

Brazil rescues Russia’s appetite for pork

With a string of trade restrictions imposed on Russia, the country’s demand for pork has been saved by Brazil. 

Russia opens poultry exports to EU

After a year-long break, Russia is re-establishing supplies of poultry to the European Union (EU), following agreement from the European Commission. 

Russia's beef market shaken by trade hit

Russia’s beef industry is going through the perfect storm, as it faces simultaneous reductions in production, imports and consumption, as well as unresolved problems concerning the low profitability of cattle-breeding...

Miratorg considers doubling pork production capability

Russian agricultural holding Miratorg is considering a new project to produce 4m head of pigs per year with a total investment of RUB115 billion (US$1.8bn), according to a recent statement...

Russia sees sharp drop in poultry exports to Asia

Russia has seen a 22% fall in poultry exports in the first 11 months of 2015 compared with the same period in 2014.

Crimea faces meat shortage

The Crimean peninsula may soon face an acute shortage of meat and other short shelf-life products, due to the so-called energy blockade from Ukraine, according to reports from local officials...

Russia completes kosher poultry deal with Israel

Russia’s veterinary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor has officially approved exports of products from Israel’s poultry farms to Russia after four years of negotiations.

Russia bans Turkey's poultry over downed plane

Russia’s veterinary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor has stopped the import of several batches of poultry meat from Turkey, weighing a total of 162 tonnes (t), claiming that the products were found to...

Russia threatens to implement Ukraine food embargo

The impact of Russia's threatened ban on Ukrainian products, including meat, is being evaluated by Ukrainian and Russian politicians and analysts.

Cherkizovo announces huge pig breeding project

Russian meat giant Cherkizovo is to invest 5.6 billion rubles ($85m) in the construction of seven pig farms in Russia's Penza Oblast, designed to produce 58,000 tonnes (t) of pork a year.

EU ministers told to stop pig crisis

The pig market was described as “critical” today by EU farming bodies Copa and Cogeca, who warned EU agriculture ministers of the strain Russia’s export ban has had on the...

Miratorg set to double steak production capacity

Bryansk Meat Company (BMC), a subsidiary of Russian agricultural holding Miratorg, has increased its daily capacity for the production of beef steaks to 1 tonne (t). 

Meat deficit forecast in Russia in 2016

Russia may face a deficit in meat and dairy products in 2016, due to import restrictions, according to the country’s National Accounts Chamber.

Russia may expand food embargo to canned meat

Russia may ban imports of canned meat from the European Union (EU), the USA, Canada and number of other destinations already prevented from supplying fresh and frozen meat to the...

Russian export strategy shifts east

Russia is to focus on exporting meat primarily to Asian countries in the next few years, according to the country’s Agriculture Minister Alexander Tkachev. He estimates that, in two to...