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Russia threatens to implement Ukraine food embargo

The impact of Russia's threatened ban on Ukrainian products, including meat, is being evaluated by Ukrainian and Russian politicians and analysts.

Cherkizovo announces huge pig breeding project

Russian meat giant Cherkizovo is to invest 5.6 billion rubles ($85m) in the construction of seven pig farms in Russia's Penza Oblast, designed to produce 58,000 tonnes (t) of pork a year.

EU ministers told to stop pig crisis

The pig market was described as “critical” today by EU farming bodies Copa and Cogeca, who warned EU agriculture ministers of the strain Russia’s export ban has had on the...

Miratorg set to double steak production capacity

Bryansk Meat Company (BMC), a subsidiary of Russian agricultural holding Miratorg, has increased its daily capacity for the production of beef steaks to 1 tonne (t). 

Meat deficit forecast in Russia in 2016

Russia may face a deficit in meat and dairy products in 2016, due to import restrictions, according to the country’s National Accounts Chamber.

Russia may expand food embargo to canned meat

Russia may ban imports of canned meat from the European Union (EU), the USA, Canada and number of other destinations already prevented from supplying fresh and frozen meat to the...

Russian export strategy shifts east

Russia is to focus on exporting meat primarily to Asian countries in the next few years, according to the country’s Agriculture Minister Alexander Tkachev. He estimates that, in two to...

E. coli found in Russian Metro store

The Russian veterinary service Rosselkhoznadzor has fined German retailer Metro Cash & Carry following the discovery of meat products contaminated with E. coli in the Adygea Republic. 

Miratorg eyes exports of chicken nuggets to EU

Russian company Miratorg plans to export chicken nuggets to the EU from its Kaliningrad business, the first major Russian producer to target this market in Europe. 

Russia sees strong increase in meat production

Russia is seeing strong growth in meat production, spurred by large scale state support.

Danish pigmeat sector invited to invest in Russia

Russia’s trade attaché in Denmark is inviting Danish pig farmers and pigmeat corporations to invest in Russia, saying its “ban on food import from the west has now created unique...

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Maple Leaf aims for global food safety standard

Maple Leaf Foods has announced that the company will require all of its protein, ingredient and packaging suppliers to become food safety certified to a Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)...

Miratorg invests to double meat production capacity

Russian meat giant Miratorg is to invest RUB160 billion (US$2.5bn) on production projects in the next five years in an effort to double its pork and beef capacity and increase...

Millions of Russians to get ration cards for meat purchasing

Russia’s government aims to subsidise the cost of poultry, red meat and some other foods by 30-50% for 15-16 million of the country’s poorest citizens.

European aid package for farmers deemed insufficient

€500m in aid for European farmers hit by low prices in the pork and dairy sectors has been scorned by Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and farming body Copa...

Miratorg develops beef project, expands cooperation with McDonald’s

Russian meat giant Miratorg plans to increase the supply of beef cuts to McDonald’s restaurants in 2016, giving the fast food chain the opportunity to launch a new premium Black...

Disappointment at lack of EC support for beef

Farming group Copa-Cogeca has expressed disappointment at the European Commission’s (EC's) failure to adequately support beef farmers in the €500 million aid package it outlined yesterday (September 7, 2015).

Russia proposes endless ban on US, EU meat imports

Russia plans to exclude the US and EU from countries supplying its meat, following a draft decree published on the website of the country’s Ministry of Economic Development.

ScanBelt launches new conveyor at AgroProdMash

A new conveyor for food processors aimed at the Russian market and developed in collaboration with hygiene specialists is to be launched by ScanBelt at the AgroProdMash 2015 show.

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.

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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. 

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