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Bird flu outbreaks rock poultry sector as prices rise

Waves of avian influenza (AI) across Europe, Asia and Africa could impact the poultry industry just as broiler prices rise and feed costs drop. 

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US pork sector braced for record-breaking numbers

A record-breaking number of pigs is set to have been produced by US farmers this year, according to the country’s National Pork Board.

Essentia in ‘major expansion’ of organic chicken ingredients

Essentia Protein Solutions has expanded its ProBase ingredients range for the second time in two months with the launch of organic chicken ingredients.

Pilgrim’s Pride in $350m deal to acquire GNP Company

Brazilian-owned US poultry giant Pilgrim’s Pride has entered into a definitive agreement to take over branded chicken producer GNP Company (GNP) in an all-cash $350m deal.

Antitrust clearance sees Greencore edge closer to Peacock Foods acquisition

Greencore’s planned acquisition of American company Peacock Foods has moved a step closer to completion after gaining antitrust clearance from US authorities.

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Memphis Meats launches crowdfunding campaign

‘Clean meat’ producer Memphis Meats has launched a community-building campaign to help extend awareness about its mission to “build a better meat”.

Kelly Turkeys to take on US Thanksgiving market

UK poultry processor Kelly Turkeys has been given the green light by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to market its premium Kelly Bronze offering throughout the United States. 

USDA offers up last-minute Thanksgiving food safety advice

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has published a guide to food safety ahead of Thanksgiving (24 November). 

Brokers challenge timing of Tyson CEO revelation

Financial brokers have challenged Tyson Foods on the timing of its announcement that its chief executive officer (CEO) Donnie Smith would be replaced by its president Tom Hayes on 31 December.

Perdue Farms responds to water pollution call

Poultry giant Perdue Farms has responded to pressure on several leading US meat firms to tighten focus on water use, highlighting the actions it has already taken on the issue.

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Speakers at the World Meat Congress, in Uruguay’s Punta del Este, concluded that meat will continue to play a vital role in reducing poverty and feeding the world's growing population. ...

Thailand’s CP Foods plans $1bn Bellisio takeover

Thailand’s Charoen Pokphand Foods (CP Foods) is to acquire US frozen food company Bellisio for $1bn, just days after the Thai conglomerate confirmed it was exploring investment in value-added products. ...

Huge science leap needed to control farm-driven antimicrobial resistance

A giant leap in research is needed to effectively end the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance, according to a Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) report.

JBS profits fall after Brazil headwinds

Brazilian meatpacker JBS has posted a 74% drop in third-quarter profits after the “most challenging period” in South America. 

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Social media erodes consumer trust in meat

The use of social media to shame and defame meat companies accused of wrongdoing and malpractice is eroding consumer trust. 

Massachusetts backs animal welfare plan in election-day vote

The US state of Massachusetts has voted in favour of a statewide ban on the sale of pork products or veal from animals that cannot turn around or stretch their...

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Reducing meat consumption poses ‘significant’ health risk

Calls to cut meat consumption to reduce the risk of developing cancer raise serious health concerns and consumers heeding such advice could end up suffering from nutritional deficiencies. 

Veterinary support granted by USDA

$4.3m has been offered to 48 US veterinarians to help subsidise their training in return for serving in areas lacking sufficient vet resources, thus supporting food safety, food security, and...

International Beef Alliance urges progress on TPP

The International Beef Alliance (IBA) has called on all members of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) to speed up the ratification process. 

President Trump and the future of free trade

As the world digests the news that Donald Trump is to become the 45th President of the United States of America, his views on international trade will be closely scrutinised...

Thanksgiving turkeys to raise $1.05bn in US

US consumers should spend over $1 billion on turkeys for this Thanksgiving on 24 November, according to research by a personal finance comparison website. 

Massachusetts to vote on stall-restricted livestock

Voters in Massachusetts are poised to decide on Tuesday [November 8] whether the US state should ban the sale of pork products or veal from animals that cannot turn around...

Injury rate in US poultry sector at all-time low

The rate of non-fatal workplace injuries sustained by Americans employed in the US poultry sector is now at the lowest point since 1994.

Fresh pork and packaged meats boost Smithfield Foods earnings

US meat processor Smithfield Foods saw a strong third quarter of 2016, with a $60 million (m) year-on-year jump in net income. 

Pilgrim’s Pride net sales drop in third quarter

US poultry processor Pilgrim’s Pride has posted a 3.8% loss in net sales for the third quarter of the year.