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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.

Competition key to meat market growth

How to remain competitive in the face of falling meat consumption is the main challenge facing the meat and livestock industry, Pekka Pesonen, secretary general of EU farmers’ organisation Copa-Cogeca,...

China's cooling growth to drag pork production down

As China’s economy drops down to single-digit growth, the global production of pork is expected to decline in 2016, according to data from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Russia's pork imports rise amid low global prices

Despite strong government measures towards establishing an import substitution program, Russia imported 39,000 tonnes (t) of pork in the first quarter of 2016. 

Ukraine hits pork production problems

Ukraine's pork production costs have spiked by nearly 28%, from UAH15 (US$0.58) to UAH19 (US$0.73) per kilogramme over the past two years, while pork prices are under significant pressure, according to...

EU ministers rally to safeguard beef from Mercosur trade deal

The European Commission has faced opposition from 20 politicians over plans to reduce tariffs on Mercosur beef exports, a move many claim will hurt the EU’s agriculture market. ...

Outlook for EU pork trade resumption with Russia not ‘positive’

In an address to the European Parliament on Tuesday 12 April, European agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan said the response from Russia to reignite pork trade dialogue had “not been very positive”.

News in brief

Bryansk Meat Company investment creates 400 jobs

Bryansk Meat Company, a subsidiary of Russia’s agribusiness holding Miratorg, has confirmed plans to pump billions into the growth of its beef livestock by building farms and creating jobs.

Russian meat industry harbours export hope

Over recent months, Russian authorities have finalised a number of meat export agreements in a bid to encourage domestic companies to expand their presence in foreign markets.

WTO ruling on Russia’s trade ban expected this week

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) will secretly announce its verdict on Russia’s EU pork trade ban this week, according to an official following the case.

Pork consumption grows in the EU

The consumption of pork across the EU, particularly in the south, has increased for two years on the trot, according to new data. 

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