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Meat processors show leadership in animal welfare

Poultry firms Noble Foods and Cranswick, both UK-based, top the global Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW).

Russia targets huge growth in meat exports

Russia plans to increase meat exports tenfold to 1 million tonnes a year by 2020, according to Alexandr Tkachev, the country’s minister of agriculture.

‘Historic’ day as Atria closes China pork deal

Finnish food company Atria has penned a contract to start trading large volumes of pork with China, a milestone the meat processor’s CEO described as “historic”.

WTO sets deadline to resolve Russia’s EU pork ban

A final decision on Russia’s toxic and long-running trade ban on EU pork exports is set to be published within the next six weeks, according to the World Trade Organization...

Burger King signs Miratorg as key meat supplier in Russia

Russia’s largest agricultural holding Miratorg has signed a five-year deal to supply semi-finished meat products to Burger King’s Russian franchise.

Food trend predictions for 2017

Clean and ethical labels alongside intelligent packaging and the demand for organic produce are some of the key trends likely to dominate the food industry this year.

Russian sausage producers wage war on discounts

Russia’s largest sausage manufacturers are urging retailers to drop discount promotions as they look to halt a three-year fall in sales, the Gorbatov’s All-Russian Meat Research Institute (VNIIMP) claims....

NFU vows to continue fight against methane emissions

The UK’s National Farmers’ Union (NFU) says livestock producers need to keep up their efforts to reduce methane emissions, but said factors outside agriculture must be investigated as new research...

Meat body slams study linking cured meat to asthma

A French study linking increased cured meat consumption with increased risks for asthma sufferers has been strongly rebuked by the North American Meat Institute (NAMI).

Processed meat may ‘worsen’ asthma symptoms

Asthma sufferers could be at risk of making their symptoms worse, if they consume a high level of processed meat, according to French researchers.

Cherkizovo plans fully robotised sausage plant in Moscow Oblast

Russia’s Cherkizovo Group is building Europe’s largest, automated meat processing plant for the production of raw smoked sausages, Vladislav Belyaev, Cherkizovo’s head of IT, has confirmed. 

Russia’s pork consumption hits record high

Russian pork consumption hit 25kg per capita this year, which could be a 25-year high, said Yuri Kovalev, CEO of the Russian Union of Pork Producers (RUPP), in a speech...

News in brief

Cherkizovo enters into Angolan poultry market

A leading meat and feed producer from Russia last week sent its first shipment of poultry meat into Angola.

Russia set to approve heat-treated meat exports to Japan

Russia is close to approving veterinary certificates for exports of meat, in particular heat-treated beef, from the Kaliningrad facility of Miratorg to Japan, Russian veterinary body Rosselkhoznadzor reported on 5...

Russia: swine fever losses top one billion rubles

Russia has seen an unprecedented rise in the loss of pigs to African Swine Fever (ASF) in 2016, jumping 12.6 times compared to 2015 to RUB1.2 billion (US$18m), according to...

Bird flu outbreaks rock poultry sector as prices rise

Waves of avian influenza (AI) across Europe, Asia and Africa could impact the poultry industry just as broiler prices rise and feed costs drop. 

Low incident rate of Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies across Europe

Incidents of Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (TSEs) were found to be rare in 2015, according to a new European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) report.

Russia’s poultry industry stagnates for the first time in a decade

In the third quarter of 2016, Russia’s poultry industry stopped growing for the first time in a decade, according to agri-research firm SovEcon.

Growth promoters reportedly discovered in Cherkizovo poultry

Metabolic chemicals have been found in chicken legs from poultry farm JSC Chicken Kingdom, part of Cherkizovo Group in Lipetsk Oblast, Russian veterinary body Rosselkhoznadzor has reported.

Bird flu on Britain’s doorstep as virus hits Calais

A highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza (AI) strain has been detected in a flock of wild ducks in Calais, putting UK authorities on high alert.

No chance for food embargo to be lifted soon, says Putin

Russia aims to maintain its food embargo for as long as possible to protect investment in the country’s meat industry, Russian president Vladimir Putin has claimed.

Russia and Turkey rebuild meat trade

Russia and Turkey are to drop trade restrictions and reinstate mutual trade in meat, which virtually stopped after the Turkish Airforce fighter jet shot down the Russian bomber SU-24M last...

Russian meat giant to move into online sales

One of Russia’s largest meat producers is preparing to launch a new web store selling meat products online.

World Meat Congress

World Meat Congress, in quotes

Speakers at the World Meat Congress, in Uruguay’s Punta del Este, concluded that meat will continue to play a vital role in reducing poverty and feeding the world's growing population. ...

EU proposes tough laws to fight unfair trading practices

EU task force recommends new laws to combat unfair trading practices in the supply chain after coming under fire from farming body Copa-Cogeca.