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Cobb-Vantress expands sales and technical teams

US poultry processor Cobb-Vantress has made appointments to its sales and technical teams.

US audit questions Canadian meat inspection

A US Department of Agriculture (USDA) audit of Canadian meat, poultry and egg inspection systems has raised "significant questions" that “need to be addressed”.

Unlabelled meat found in one in five sausages

One in five sausages from Canadian grocery stores tested by researchers contains meat that does not appear on the label.

JBS rival Minerva Foods closes $300m takeover

Downsizing at the world’s biggest meatpacker JBS is fully under way after its rival, Minerva Foods, closed a $300m acquisition of beef assets in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay.

Russia buys Brazilian pork due to lack of choice

Brazil pork exports are down amid political turmoil, but Russia, which has alienated the world’s biggest pig meat traders, has little choice but to buy Brazilian.

Trump’s new NAFTA goals backed by beef body

Market access is Donald Trump’s top priority ahead of talks to renegotiate trade terms with Canada and Mexico, an objective praised by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA).

JBS puts more assets on the block with $40m Lakeside Feeders sale

JBS Food Canada will sell its feedlots to MCF Holdings for $40m as its Brazilian parent company, JBS SA, offloads more assets following million-dollar fines and a corruption scandal.

Cargill profit boosted by rising meat demand

Agricultural commodities trader Cargill pulled in some of its best financial results in years, as strong demand for protein lifted earnings.

World Steak Challenge – video highlights

The juiciest cuts of sirloin, rib-eye and fillet were enjoyed at World Steak Challenge 2017 last week and here you can enjoy highlights of the event with this exclusive video reel.

US red meat exports grow in May

Exports of pork and beef from the US saw a strong performance in May, according to data from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the United States Meat...

Meat prices rise for sixth month in row

Global meat prices have increased every month this year up to June, according to the Food and Agricultural Organization’s (FAO) Food Price Index.

World Steak Challenge 2017 winner unveiled

A Polish steak has been crowned the winner of the World Steak Challenge 2017.

Meat prices in Canada expected to rise 9%

The price of meat in Canada is predicted to increase by as much as 9% by the end of 2017 according to the latest food price research.

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.

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.

American farmers back NAFTA rewrite to protect beef producers

Protect local beef suppliers against globalisation, the National Farmers Union has demanded in an open letter to President Trump, following news of plans to renegotiate the North American Free Trade...

Deadline approaching for World Steak Challenge

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

Farmers probed as China finds banned drug in pork

Canadian pork processor Olymel LP is investigating hundreds of its pork suppliers after a shipment of pig feet to China tested positive for residues of the banned growth-enhancing drug ractopamine.

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).

Canada, Mexico and US meat industries unite on NAFTA talks

The Trump administration’s notification to “modernize” the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has spurred the Canadian, Mexican and US beef industries to join forces.

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.  

Canadian pig farmers address US restriction imbalance

Pig farmers from Canada have spoken to the House of Commons Standing Committee on International Trade on the export challenges facing the sector.

News in brief

Canadian meat recall triggered over E.coli fears

A recall operation for a large quantity of minced meat products is under way in Canada's most populous province, Ontario, due to fears of E.coli contamination.

New Zealand ratifies TPP deal despite US exit

The New Zealand meat industry has praised its government’s decision to ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), despite US withdrawal.

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