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Russia sees steady rise in halal meat products

Over the next decade Russia’s halal meat market will grow at an average rate of 15-20% per year, opening up global opportunities for the country’s food industry and reaching a...

HKScan issues stark profit warning

Finnish meat processor HKScan has warned investors it has lowered its full-year profit forecast after previously expecting an upswing in revenue.

Eating processed meat may cause headaches

US scientists have claimed that the nitrate found in processed meats, such as bacon, may be the cause of migraines.

Europe’s China-bound pork exports set to fall

Analysts warn Europe’s share of lucrative pork exports to China will fall as competition from the Americas - driven by Canada's drug-free pig herd - puts pressure on EU trade....

UN adopts ‘groundbreaking’ animal welfare policies

The United Nations has adopted what one NGO described as “groundbreaking” policy recommendations, placing animal welfare concerns at the heart of global farming.

Baby food provides most protein in Russia

Russia consumed more baby food per capita than it did meat in 2015, according to London-based data analyst firm Euromonitor International.

Europe’s ‘shocking’ antibiotic problem slammed

The failure of many European countries to end routine overuse of antibiotics in farming has been slammed by experts.

Eurodon keen to shake up Russia’s duck market

Russian agricultural holding company Eurodon is harbouring ambitions to become the largest manufacturer of duck meat in Russia, with plans to shake up both domestic and international markets.

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Essentia launches antibiotic-free poultry proteins

Savoury food and sports nutrition processors can now access chicken- and turkey-based protein, which is guaranteed to be free from antibiotics, thanks to Essentia Protein Solutions.

Tick bites spark deadly allergic reactions to meat

Experts warn that tick bites are leading to a worrying number of people developing lethal allergic reactions to red meat, with Australia and America most at risk.

Russia continues to battle ASF virus

African Swine Fever (ASF) poses a real threat to the meat markets of Central Europe and Asia, including China, according to Russia’s Agriculture Ministry and veterinary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor. 

KFC welfare standards slammed in report

For the fourth year in row, Yum Brands ranked second lowest in the Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW), a performance that World Animal Protection slammed as “unacceptable”.

EU agriculture chief plans major beef drive

The European commissioner for agriculture and rural development, Phil Hogan, has confirmed Brussels wants to place a “bigger emphasis” on beef over the next three years.

Meat industry will benefit from digital, says Commission

The meat and livestock sector will see many advantages from robotics in the future, a European Commission official has said in a debate in Brussels on the digital future of...

Pig laws set for post-virus epidemic shake-up

The African swine fever (ASF) epidemic in eastern Europe may trigger sweeping reforms in the pig industry, as conventional methods of fighting the disease have been ineffective. 

Lobby group calls for switch from meat to plant-based protein

Investors managing $1.25trn in assets have called on 16 food companies to shake up the global meat supply chain, citing environmental and health concerns over factory farming.

Big rise in EU pork exports

The strong growth of EU pig meat exports, particularly to high-margin markets China and Hong Kong, is lifting the troubled sector out of its oversupply crisis.

Russia challenges WTO pork ban verdict

The Russian government has launched an appeal against the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) ruling that the Kremlin’s ban on EU pork products is illegal.

World Steak Challenge: How Twitter reacted to world’s best sirloin

Australia’s Jack Creek retained the title of the World’s Best Steak Producer at World Steak Challenge at yesterday’s GlobalMeatNews event held in London’s Hyde Park.

Russia is the ‘sleeping giant’ of global beef trade

Geopolitical acrimony has seen Russia’s role in the global beef trade decline, but a supply shortage and a price hike means there is potential it will re-enter the market, according...

Russia sends meat aid to Syria

Russia is to supply 100,000 Syrians with meat and humanitarian aid after the UN accused it of being responsible for bombs that destroyed a US aid convoy near Aleppo.

Russia’s Cherkizovo confirms African swine fever outbreak

A pig farm in Lipetsk, operated by Russian pork processor Cherkizovo Group, has been hit by an outbreak of African swine fever (ASF), according to the company.

Miratorg targets $1bn worth of meat exports

Russian meat giant Miratorg wants to increase the volume of its meat exports to 250,000 tonnes in the next five years to a value of $1bn, according to CEO Viktor...

Russia may appeal WTO ruling on EU pig and pork exports

By the end of this month (September) the Russian government will appeal the recent ruling of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) opposing Russia’s swine fever-related ban on European Union (EU)...

China’s production decline sparks import boom

The global poultry industry is entering a period of enhanced market conditions as China’s historic production slump brings a welcome buoyancy to a string of poultry exporters.