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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. 

Russian retailers call for legalisation of up to 1% foreign DNA in meats

Russia’s Association of Retail Trade Companies has appealed to the government to legalise the content of foreign DNA in meat products at a level not higher than 1%, according to...

Meat industry reacts to EU emergency aid

Europe’s meat industry is “not particularly impressed” with the emergency aid measures proposed by the European Commission for the crisis-hit agriculture industry.

EU ministers rally to help 'bleeding' pork business

EU ministers have told the European Commission to devise detailed assistance measures to help European pigmeat producers, following a debate at the EU Council of Ministers for agriculture on 14 March.

Russian body expresses alarm over safety of sausages

About 75% of sausage products on Russia’s grocery shelves not only fail to meet quality standards, but could be dangerous to public health, according to a study by consumer protection...

Commission aims at emergency aid for meat sector

The EU has said the agriculture industry is in a “state of crisis” and aims to roll out an emergency aid package to rescue the beleaguered sector from further turmoil.

Atria eyes takeover of Swedish poultry firm Lagerberg

Finnish meat processor Atria plans to move into the Swedish poultry industry with the acquisition of Lagerberg – Sweden’s third-largest chicken supplier, according to Atria.

Auchan faces Russian complaints over meat quality

Meat products samples, found in five Auchan outlets in Moscow and Moscow Oblast, contain excessive levels of E.coli, S.aureus, as well as tetracycline antibiotics, according to an investigation by Russian...

Russian meat industry braced for bankruptcy

Russia’s meat industry could face a tsunami of bankruptcies across its poultry and red meat processing sectors within the next two years, the Meat Council of the Eurasian Economic Union...

Kyrgyzstan poultry farms on the verge of extinction

Common customs space with Russia and Kazakhstan has almost killed off poultry farming in Kyrgyzstan, according to a report from the chairman of the country’s Union of Poultry Farmers, Rustam...

Atria loses position in Russian market

Finnish meat processor Atria has attributed a drop of sales by 23.9% to EUR 75.1 million to significant difficulties in the Russian market. 

Consolidation trend forecasted for Russian meat industry

At least 20% of meat companies in Russia will leave the market within the next few years due to acquisitions or bankruptcies.

Marr Russia responds to McDonald’s demand

By 2018 Russian-Italian firm Marr Russia plans to invest RUB1.5 billion (US$20m) in the construction of a new production and logistics centre in Moscow Oblast, increasing its existing production capacity,...

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