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Danish pigmeat sector invited to invest in Russia

Russia’s trade attaché in Denmark is inviting Danish pig farmers and pigmeat corporations to invest in Russia, saying its “ban on food import from the west has now created unique...

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Maple Leaf aims for global food safety standard

Maple Leaf Foods has announced that the company will require all of its protein, ingredient and packaging suppliers to become food safety certified to a Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)...

Miratorg invests to double meat production capacity

Russian meat giant Miratorg is to invest RUB160 billion (US$2.5bn) on production projects in the next five years in an effort to double its pork and beef capacity and increase...

Millions of Russians to get ration cards for meat purchasing

Russia’s government aims to subsidise the cost of poultry, red meat and some other foods by 30-50% for 15-16 million of the country’s poorest citizens.

European aid package for farmers deemed insufficient

€500m in aid for European farmers hit by low prices in the pork and dairy sectors has been scorned by Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and farming body Copa...

Miratorg develops beef project, expands cooperation with McDonald’s

Russian meat giant Miratorg plans to increase the supply of beef cuts to McDonald’s restaurants in 2016, giving the fast food chain the opportunity to launch a new premium Black...

Disappointment at lack of EC support for beef

Farming group Copa-Cogeca has expressed disappointment at the European Commission’s (EC's) failure to adequately support beef farmers in the €500 million aid package it outlined yesterday (September 7, 2015).

Russia proposes endless ban on US, EU meat imports

Russia plans to exclude the US and EU from countries supplying its meat, following a draft decree published on the website of the country’s Ministry of Economic Development.

ScanBelt launches new conveyor at AgroProdMash

A new conveyor for food processors aimed at the Russian market and developed in collaboration with hygiene specialists is to be launched by ScanBelt at the AgroProdMash 2015 show.

Eurasian Union joins forces on food market development

The Russian-led Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) will develop a single food market policy in order to avoid unfair competition between the players involved and replace import supplies worth a total...

Russia targets venison production

Major investment in Russian venison production is being made in Kamchatka Oblast by local venture Revival of Reindeer Breeding Development.

Auchan to open meat plant in Russia

French retailer Auchan has announced plans to build a meat plant in Russia, following a veterinary scandal at the Russian arm of the retailer.

African Swine Fever puts Russian region at risk

Russian agricultural holding Miratorg may abandon its major pig project in Kursk Oblast. 

Auchan responds to Russia food fraud case

Hypermarket chain Auchan is cracking down on counterfeit meat after Russian food regulator Rosselkhoznadzor claimed it had sold minced beef and pork and kebabs with traces of unlabelled meats.

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Putin cracks down on banned Western food imports

Russian president Vladimir Putin has signed an executive order to destroy all imports of food brought into the country against the import bans from the West. 

Largest African swine fever outbreak to hit Ukraine

Russia is considering banning pork and pork product imports from Ukraine following a large-scale outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) in Kiev Oblast, according to the press secretary of Russian...

Russia and India discuss free trade deal

Talks are being held between Russia, WTO and India to agree a free trade agreement between India and the Eurasian Economic Union.

Russia’s Cherkizovo reports pork sales hit by African Swine Fever

The largest integrated meat processor in Russia, Cherkizovo, has reported increased sales in its poultry and meat processing division in the first half of 2014, but a decline in sales...

Putin demands unified system of food quality control in Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin has officially instructed the country’s government to create a unified system of quality control for the food industry, with the main focus on livestock products. ...

Thai firm in major Russian poultry acquisition

Thailand-based company Charoen Pokphand Foods (CPF) is to invest US$680 million in the purchase of two major poultry farms in the Leningrad Oblast of Russia, according to an official company...

Baltics struggle to recover from Russian trade ban

The Russian trade embargo continues to hit Baltic food producers, although the worst forecasts of the impact on the region's meat industry have not come true.

Russian bank pumps millions into pig farm project

A US$336m pig farm project has begun in Russia, thanks to Russian bank Sberbank CIB’s approval of a major loan for the initiative.

Russia battles EU meat smugglers

Russia is continuing to identify hundreds of attempts to smuggle meat from the European Union (EU), potentially threatening the country’s domestic producers, according to the management of veterinary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor....

Kazakhstan eases Ukraine meat import restrictions

Kazakhstan has lifted restrictions on eight livestock companies in Ukraine, following negotiations with a delegation from the World Trade Organization (WTO) on the issue, according to the country’s Economic Development...

Russian companies react to food embargo extension

Russia’s meat industry could reap benefits from the extension of its food embargo, which will not directly increase prices on its domestic market, say market participants. 

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