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World Steak Challenge sees surge in global interest

The number of participating nations in this year’s World Steak Challenge has increased by 60% since the inaugural event kick-off at London’s Hyde Park in September 2015.

Russian embargo causes $1bn loss to Ukraine

Ukraine has lost $1bn-worth of trade thanks to the Russian-inflicted food embargo, according to Natalia Mykolska Ukraine’s Deputy Minister of Economic and Trade Development. 

EC welcomes WTO verdict on Russia's EU pork ban

The European Commission (EC) has welcomed a World Trade Organisation (WTO) ruling opposing Russia’s bans on EU exports of pigs, pigmeat and related products, imposed during 2014 because of outbreaks...

WTO: Russia’s import ban on EU pork illegal

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has ruled that Russia flouted international trade laws by imposing a blanket ban on imported pigs and pork from the European Union. 

Miratorg moves into German ready-meal market

Leading Russian meat producer Miratorg has exported its first ready-meals to Germany, the company’s Miratorg-West divison has reported.

Half-year profits slashed at Ukraine’s MHP

MHP, the largest agro-industrial firm in Ukraine, saw its pre-tax profits drop by nearly 20% in the first half of the year, according to the company’s unaudited half-year financial results.

Russia poised to lift Turkey food ban

Russia may lift its food embargo on Turkey, due to be in place until the end of 2016, according to the Russian Minister of Economic Development Alexey Ulyukaev.

Brazil to overtake US as world’s top meat exporter

Brazil will continue to challenge the US for the position of being the world’s biggest meat producer and exporter over the next decade, according to government estimates.

World Steak Challenge enters crucial period

There is less than one month left to enter the World Steak Challenge – a competition to find and reward the greatest sirloin steaks in the world.

Russia: massive virus outbreak shakes pig industry

Russia has been rocked by several outbreaks of African swine fever (ASF) in the first two weeks of August, the country’s veterinary body Rosselkhoznadzor has claimed.

Ex-Danish Crown CEO to advise Russian meat group

The former group CEO of Danish Crown, Kjeld Johannesen, has been appointed a special advisor to the board of directors of Russian agribusiness Miratorg.

Miratorg pumps cash into cattle breeding

Russian agribusiness Miratorg plans to loosen the purse strings by investing $10m in a cattle breeding programme to grow its Angus cow herd.

Danish farmers benefit from booming Chinese demand

A drop in Chinese pork production, generating more demand for pigmeat imports, is a boon for Danish pork farmers who are ready to double exports to China.

‘Controversial’ study says meat and sugar equally bad

Meat is just as bad as sugar when it comes to obesity causes and national dietary guidelines should recommend eating less meat, according to Australian researchers.

Russia eyes sausage trade with China and Japan

Russia is looking to export sausages and processed meat products to Japan, South Korea and China, according to the Meat Processors Association of the Far East. 

Massive anthrax outbreak wounds Russia’s venison sector

An outbreak of anthrax has killed 1,500 northern deer in Russia and, with the figure set to rise, fears over exports of venison have begun to surface.

Miratorg wins lawsuit against indebted Pobeda

A subsidiary of Russian meat packer Miratorg, LLC Bryansk Meat Company, has won a legal challenge against poultry supplier Pobeda, which allegedly owed the company millions in missed payments.

Atria’s profits rise despite tough competition

Scandinavian meat processor Atria has seen pre-tax profits rise marginally, according to half-year trading figures posted on 21 July.

Russia heaps restrictions on GMO imports

Russia has adopted a new law to ban imports of GM feed in war on genetically modified organisms (GMO) found in meat and feed products.

Russian meat firms develop consumer packs to support sales

Top Russian meat producers are increasingly producing meat in so-called ‘consumer packs’, with the aim of gaining a bigger sales margin in this segment of the market.

FAO: Global price of meat up

The price of a shopping basket of meat products increased for the third month in a row, according to the Food and Agricultural Organisation’s (FAO) Meat Price Index.

Baltic states call for help on Russian food crisis

A string of European countries have called for targeted measures to alleviate the impact of Russia’s import ban on EU agricultural exports, including meat.

Vegan firms should target meat eaters

Meat eaters with an appetite for vegetables could be a cash cow for meat-free food companies, according to data from Innova Market Insights. 

EU and Russia still at loggerheads over ASF

African Swine Fever (ASF) cases continue to be reported in eastern Europe, making it tough for an agreement to be reached between Moscow and Brussels on lifting trade controls.

Putin cuts VAT on breeding cattle and poultry in Russia

Russian president Vladimir Putin is to abolish the 10% VAT rate on breeding cattle and poultry, as well as breeding material, until January 2021.