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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.

News in brief

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. 

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...

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