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USDA expects beef exports to rise

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has set out an ambitious forecast for US beef exports over the next 12 months. 

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Over 3.5 tonnes of beef brains recalled in US

Meat processor Green Bay Dressed Beef, operating as American Foods Group, has issued a recall on 7,420 pounds (3.7 tonnes) of beef brains. 

China softens drop in Canadian pork exports

China’s ever-growing appetite for international pork helped prevent a greater drop in Canada’s exports of fresh and frozen pig meat in the first six months of the year. ...

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World Steak Challenge sees surge in global interest

The number of participating nations in this year’s World Steak Challenge has increased by 60% since the inaugural event kick-off at London’s Hyde Park in September 2015.

China re-imposes anti-dumping duties on US chicken

US white-feather chicken meat imported into China will face “anti-subsidy duties” for five more years, China’s ministry of commerce has announced. 

Smell like ‘crispy fried chicken’ with KFC sun cream

Fast-food giant KFC has launched a limited edition range of chicken-scented sunscreen to get you smelling better than the iconic moustachioed colonel himself. 

Pinnacle Foods cuts 85 jobs

US company Pinnacle Foods is to cut 85 manufacturing jobs as it moves production of its growing frozen meals brand Evol Foods from Colorado to Arkansas.

Healthy meat brand ends antibiotics use

US healthy meat producer Vermont Smoke & Cure has completed the elimination of antibiotics from its protein supply chain, the company has announced.

Injury risk in US chicken sector drops

The rate of workplace injuries and staff sick leave in the US chicken industry continues to improve, according to health and safety figures for the white-meat sector.

US beef growing in Japan

US beef exporters continue to gain market share as they battle with Australia for dominance in Japan, despite the favourable tariffs enjoyed by Australia’s producers, according to trade data.

Brazil to overtake US as world’s top meat exporter

Brazil will continue to challenge the US for the position of being the world’s biggest meat producer and exporter over the next decade, according to government estimates.

Premium Brands to buy Fletcher’s for $5m

Canadian food manufacturer Premium Brands Holdings Corporation is to acquire a range of assets from high-end bacon-and-sausage producer Fletcher’s Fine Foods, in a deal worth $5m.

Activists take fight against US sale of foie gras to court

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is violating federal law by allowing the production and sale of foie gras, it was claimed in court yesterday.

Brazil: Marfrig posts loss after real beef problems

A strong Brazilian real dented income for meat packer Marfrig, which posted a loss of R$132 million ($41.3m) in its second-quarter results up to 30 June.

World Steak Challenge enters crucial period

There is less than one month left to enter the World Steak Challenge – a competition to find and reward the greatest sirloin steaks in the world.

JBS profits rise but headwind intensifies

Brazilian meat business JBS posted increased net revenue for the second quarter of 2016, but said it faced “significant cost increases” in raw materials, particularly in Brazil.

Cargill sees revenue growth in meat

US meat processor Cargill has seen earnings in meat and animal protein surge “significantly” in the fourth quarter of the year. 

Kane Beef recalls 30 tonnes of meat

US meat processor Kane Beef has issued a voluntary recall of more than 60,000 pounds (lb) of meat after the detection of small metal fragments in its food.

Cargill ends antibiotic use in turkeys

Cargill has stopped using an antibiotic for disease prevention in its turkey flocks, following concern use of the drug in the food chain contributes to the threat of antimicrobial resistance.

Chinese boom and Mexican gloom for US pork

Exports of American pork enjoyed solid growth in the last 12 months, but business with Mexico, a key US pig meat market, continued to wane.

Tyson Foods posts record earnings

Meat supplier Tyson Foods has grown ahead of expectations after posting record third-quarter earnings as a focus on prepared foods and value-added chicken helped operating income surge.

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No smoke without fire: meat factory installs smokehouses after blaze

Godshalls Quality Meat has added six bacon smokehouses to its Lebanon meat factory in the US after a fire damaged its old establishment in February. 

Kretschmar and Cub team up to support Make-A-Wish

Smithfield brand Kretschmar and grocery chain Cub have donated $15,000 to Minnesota’s Make-A-Wish foundation, an organisation that grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses.

Wholesaler Joyce Farms expands meat plant

US meat wholesaler Joyce Farms has announced plans to build another warehouse and chicken hatchery as demand rises for its premium food.

Hotdogs perform worst in merchandising test

Hotdogs and sausages were hardest to spot out of 45 products on the shelves of supermarkets Walmart and Target, according to analytics firm Quri

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