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JBS to appeal blocked $300m asset sale

JBS plans to launch an appeal after a Brazilian judge blocked its sale of meat firms in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay to rival Minerva in a nine-figure deal.

JBS announces major asset sale to cover debt

Brazilian meatpacker JBS has put a string of its assets, including Northern Irish poultry firm Moy Park, up for sale to raise R$6bn ($1.8bn) to pay off debt.

Amazon's Whole Foods deal highlights appeal of physical stores

Amazon's move to buy Whole Foods Market for $13.7bn represents a 'tacit admission' that online-only food retailing is still difficult, according to a UK-based analyst.

EU checks expose ‘serious risk’ from Brazil meat

Tougher food safety checks on Brazilian imports prevented meat and poultry contaminated with salmonella and E.coli from entering Europe, according to a senior EU official. 

China takes big step toward improving pig welfare

Chinese agri-food producer Da Bei Nong will introduce group sow housing and lower stocking density in a scheme that could radically change animal welfare for half the world’s pig population....

Meat sector facing new trade tariffs post-Brexit

UK meat exporters may have to negotiate trade tariffs on a country-by-country basis with over 100 nations upon exiting the European Union (EU) on 29 March, 2019.

Hard Brexit breakdown ‘opportunity’ for meat trade

UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s failure to win a Conservative majority in the general election may soften the government’s hard Brexit rhetoric, benefiting the country's meat industry.

JBS dropped slavery-linked supplier a year ago

Embattled, beleaguered but unequivocally bullish Brazilian meatpacker JBS has strongly defended itself after allegations it bought cattle from a farm under investigation for labour abuse.

Deadline approaching for World Steak Challenge

Steak producers have less than a week to enter this year’s World Steak Challenge. 

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Animal health firm gets Malaysian antibiotic approval

A subsidiary of London-based veterinary drug producer ECO Animal Health Group plans to become a “major force” after its poultry antibiotic was approved for sale in Malaysia.

Modified antibiotic won't change meat sector plans

A modified antibiotic that is more potent to bacteria and could make it easier to fight life-threatening superbugs is unlikely to change meat industry plans to cut medicine use.

Global progress made to address antibiotic reduction, says OIE

More countries are warning industry stakeholders about the risks of antimicrobial resistance than they were two years ago, according to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

Australian growth drives positive Hilton trading

International meat packing business Hilton Food Group has reported a solid trading update, driven by strong growth in Australia.

Greencore grows revenue during 'transformational period'

Food group Greencore reported a 46% rise in group revenue for the first half of the year despite massive changes to its global business, including significant investment.

Coexca to create 350 jobs after Danish investment

A multi-million dollar investment in Chilean pork producer Coexca SA will create 350 jobs as the farmer-owned cooperative aims to double production amid booming Chinese import demand.

JBS posts poor income amid bribery investigation

Brazil-based JBS, one of the world’s largest meatpackers, has reported poor results for the first quarter of 2017.  

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Exports grow Charoen Pokphand Foods’ turnover and profits

Thai processor Charoen Pokphand Foods (CPF) has reported a strong first quarter of 2017, bolstered by a rise in exports.

Ireland looking to Europe as UK beef sales fall

Bord Bía wants to increase beef exports to wealthy EU countries as meat sales to the UK decline.

Industry ‘must’ cut antibiotics, says poultry council

International chicken business leaders have agreed a united stance on antibiotic use, claiming industry must reduce antimicrobials that pose the “greatest global risk”.

Ireland seeks rise in beef trade to Italy – but consumption is diving

Bord Bía is looking to achieve a beef sales boom in Italy, despite falling consumption in the country, as Ireland fears a hard Brexit may damage meat trade with Britain,...

EU pork sales boost to China may be short-lived

EU pig meat producers were big winners in boosting export sales between March 2016 and February 2017, according to the European Commission, with receipts rising by more than 33% compared...

Export drive as Australia tests fragile UK politics

UK political uncertainty has pushed Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) to fire the starter gun on non-EU countries clambering to expand market access in Britain, as the country moves towards...

Global meat prices grow despite overall food decline

Most global food commodity prices have continued to decline in 2017 but meat has again bucked this trend, claims the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO).

GlobalMeatNews Survey

Drive to cut meat eating had biggest impact last year

Pressure from all angles to cut meat consumption for health or environmental reasons had the single biggest impact on the industry last year, according to an exclusive GlobalMeatNews survey.

Healthy snacks drive Kerry Group's volume sales

Ireland-based food giant Kerry Group reported volume growth across the board as demand for healthy snacks, including meat, drove sales at a time when consumer spending is tight.