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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. 

Prospects look positive for meat production, according to OECD-FAO report

Growth in livestock production and low feed grain prices look to be on the cards for the meat industry over the next decade, according to the latest OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook...

Iran launches poultry exports to Russia

The first two Iranian companies have received approval to export poultry products to Russia, according to Hooman Fathi, director-general, Bureau of International Affairs and Specialised Organisations at Iran’s Ministry of...

New outbreaks of ASF identified in Latvia, Lithuania and Ukraine

The spread of African swine fever (ASF) in Eastern Europe countries has accelerated in recent weeks, with a number of new outbreaks reported in Latvia, Lithuania and Ukraine.

Retail analysis: Russian Federation

With a population of 143.5 million people last year, Russia consumes approximately 9.8 million tonnes of meat per year, the equivalent of 68kg per capita, according to official data from...

New date set for end of Russian embargo

Russia has extended its embargo on EU food imports for a further six months until 31 January 2016, in retaliation for the EU’s decision to extend its own economic sanctions...

Chinese processor delivers 40t of pork to Russia, as others seek entry

A unit of China’s top pork processor has shipped 40 tons of pork overland to Russia. The Wangkui Shuanghui Beidahuang Food Co plant in northerly Heilongjiang province shipped the pork,...

Miratorg to launch Russia’s largest beef genetics centre

LLC Bryansk Meat Company, a subsidiary of the country’s agricultural holding Miratorg, has disclosed plans to create the largest genetic centre for the breeding of seed bulls in Russia.

McDonald’s to reduce pace of growth in Russia

The Russian division of McDonald’s is expected to open no more than 50-60 restaurants this year, down from 73 opened last year, according to a statement from the chief Russian...

Russia restricts transit of US poultry over bird flu fears

Russian veterinary body Rosselkhoznadzor has banned transit of US poultry, including poultry meat and products, on its territory over concerns about bird flu, according to the head of the organisation...

Russian food embargo to be extended

Russia’s embargo on food from the European Union (EU), US, Canada and a number of other countries will be extended beyond August 2015, following a speech by the Russian prime...

Russia restricts South American meat imports

Russian veterinary body Rosselkhoznadzor has recently introduced restrictions on beef imports from several Brazilian companies and has refused entry of a large shipment of meat from Paraguay.

Belgian pigmeat exporters struggle amid Russian EU import ban

The Russian import ban on European Union (EU) pigmeat products has led to a 15% decrease in the price of Belgian pork carcases, a new report released by Belgium’s Ministry...

News in brief

Leading Russian poultry producer announces favourable financials

Cherkizovo Group, Russia’s largest meat and feed producer, has announced strong double-digit growth in both sales and profits in the first quarter of 2015.

Russia increases meat production thanks to food embargo

During the first quarter of 2015, Russia produced 1.545 million tonnes (t) of meat, 15.2% more than in the same period last year, according to an official report from the...

EU beef farmers call for European Commission help

European Union (EU) beef farmers have called for help in finding new markets to make up for the loss of exports to Russia in the wake of the crisis over...

Concerns over spread of US bird flu

Reported cases of avian influenza in the US have now reached 156 in the past six months, making the current situation the most extensive outbreak of the disease ever reported...