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New Zealand fears Brexit will ‘disrupt’ red meat trade

Britain’s possible exit from the EU would mean two years of trade uncertainty for red meat importers to Europe, Beef + Lamb New Zealand has warned.

Farming body targets anti-meat campaigns

EU farm group Copa-Cogeca has claimed one of the main pillars of its livestock promotion campaign is to challenge the “negative” messages perpetuated by anti-meat campaigners.

Meat industry goes online in Russia

Meat traders in Russia are exploring online operations, ushering in what experts claim is a new era of transparency for the sector and offering particular benefits to organic suppliers.

Ukrainan meat production grows in the face of headwind

Meat production in Urkaine increased marginally in the first five months of the year, according to the country’s State Statistical Service.

France Euro 2016 boosts pork demand

The UEFA 2016 Euro football tournament has helped boost demand for pork in Europe, according to data from UK levy board AHDB Pork. 

EU urged to think differently on hormone disruptors

Farming body Copa-Cogeca has questioned the European Commission’s draft law on defining hormone disruptors, suggesting a risk-based approach would be better.

Eurasian Economic Union to slash meat imports in 2017

The Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) plans to cut meat imports from non-EEU states by nearly two thirds, according to deputy head of agricultural policy Anna Buts. 

Russia eases food embargo, despite meat producer criticism

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has withdrawn imported meat for manufacturing baby food from the list of products banned under a food embargo.

Russian import ban extension slammed

Russia’s plan to extend its import ban to a range of EU, US, Canadian, Australian and Norwegian food exporters until December 31, 2017 has been met with criticism from the...

Russia’s meat giants see profits plummet

Two of Russia’s largest meat companies experienced a sharp drop in profits in the first quarter of 2016, according to official reports. 

Russia’s meat industry worried by oversupply

Russia could face major meat oversupply problems if it continues to increase meat production by current rates, according to experts.

IFFA cements place as leading meat trade show

Organisers of Germany’s triennial meat processing machinery trade show IFFA have long claimed it is the “number one for the meat industry” and, on reflection, it’s hard to argue with...

Eastern Europe continues ASF struggle

African swine fever (ASF) continues to spread into new territories in Latvia, Estonia, Ukraine and Russia, threatening the stability of the pig industry in these countries, according to reports from...

Europe admits ‘limited progress’ with Russia

The European Commission has confirmed that it has made little headway in talks with Russia to restore pork trade, after being accused of “not doing enough” by a prominent body.

China to pump $100m into Russian rabbit complex

JSC International Rabbit Company and China Nuclear Industry 23 Construction Co are to join forces to build Russia’s largest rabbit meat complex. 

Europe ‘not doing enough’ on Russian pork ban

EU farming body Copa-Cogeca has called on the European Commission (EC) to step up efforts to reopen trade with Russia, as Europe’s pork sector continues to bleed. 

McDonald’s among 11 in trans fats phase-out pledge

Eleven of the world’s largest food and beverage companies, including fast-food chain McDonald’s, have pledged to reduce industrially produced trans fats globally within the next two years.

Iranian meat suppliers experience export problems to CIS

Despite hopes from Iranian meat exporters that they could increase supplies to the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), deliveries to the region, including most of the post-Soviet Union area, are...

World Steak Challenge 2016 now open for entries

Following the success of the inaugural World Steak Challenge, organised by GlobalMeatNews, the international competition to crown the best steak on the planet has returned.

Miratorg eyes on-trade expansion with meat supplies to McDonald’s in China

Russian agricultural holding Miratorg is hoping to start supplying meat to McDonald’s outlets in China, according to CEO Viktor Linnik, who added that this could be an important part of...

Big falls in Russian meat imports predicted for 2016

Russian meat imports will fall as demand for foreign meat drops and companies cut back on how much they buy abroad, according to the Russian Institute for Agricultural Market Studies...

Meat consumption is falling across former Soviet Union countries

Russia and Ukraine have experienced an unprecedented fall in meat consumption over the past two years, official statistics have revealed. Demand for meat has also fluctuated in neighbouring countries.

Miratorg gains Angus Beef certification

Miratorg has become the first meat manufacturer outside North America to be certified in accordance with the standards of Certified Angus Beef. 

Russian drama for Parma as ham sales fall

Full-year trading figures for Parma Ham show strong export growth for the dry-cured charcuterie favourite. But, predictably, sales in Russia have dropped as the Kremlin embargo heaped pressure on the...

APK-Invest profitability restored as Ukraine armed conflict subsides

Ukraine’s largest pork producer APK-Invest earned UAH65 million ($2.5m) of net profit in 2015, compared with UAH103 million ($4m) of net losses in 2014.

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