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Hormel Foods buys Fontanini for $425m

US-based Hormel Food Corporation has announced the acquisition of Italian meat maker Fontanini in a $425m deal. 

Argentina opens borders to US pork

For the first time since 1992, Argentina will allow US pork to enter the market. 

Tyson Foods’ investment creates 300 jobs at Tennessee plant

Expansion of Tyson Foods’ poultry plant in the state of Tennessee will create more than 300 jobs as the US meat giant invests $84m to double its output.

Booming Asian mega farms are an ‘economic risk’

Investors should not get overexcited by the risky Asian meat industry as booming production may not translate to soaring profits, a FAIRR (Farm Animal Investment Risk & Return) Initiative report...

Brazilian beef giant Marfrig to hire 4,500 new staff

Brazilian meatpacker Marfrig will create thousands of new jobs by reopening five slaughterhouses and scaling up production this year.

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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.

Kane Beef creates jobs after unlocking China

Kane Beef plans to increase its workforce after it became the first meat processor in the state of Texas, US, to start selling beef to China.

Smithfield Foods buys Kansas City Sausage Company

Smithfield Foods Inc has announced the full acquisition of sausage producer and processor Kansas City Sausage Company.

JBS net income drops in second quarter

JBS suffered a mammoth 80% year-on-year drop in income for the second quarter of the year, due to growing net financial expenses. 

Chinese livestock firm taps up Southeast Asia

A leading Chinese livestock and meat processing firm wants to tap supply of cattle from south-east Asia, with a cattle quarantine and slaughtering hub planned for the city of Ruili,...

CCTV to be mandatory in English slaughterhouses

The British government has announced plans to make CCTV mandatory in all abattoirs in England.

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Lab-grown meat firm in talks to license tech

Hampton Creek has confirmed the Silicon Valley start-up is in talks to license its lab-grown meat technology to some of the world’s biggest meat companies.

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US firm introduces antibiotic-free pork range

Giant Food, based in Landover, Maryland, has launched a new ‘No Antibiotics Ever’ private brand of pork products. 

Demand for quick meat to fuel poultry processing machinery growth

Demand for easy-to-cook meat will have a positive knock-on effect on the poultry processing equipment sector, which analysts expect to be buoyed by demand for added-value chicken.

Kerry Group sees half-year revenue growth

New technology and acquisitions, particularly in the Americas, by the Kerry Group has seen a growth in revenue for the first half of the year.

Disney pays $177m in ‘pink slime’ defamation case

Walt Disney has reportedly paid $177 million to settle a ‘pink slime’ lawsuit against its subsidiary American Broadcasting Company (ABC) for a story it ran in 2012 that allegedly defamed...

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”.

Australian beef exports up for first time in two years

Australian beef exports are up year-on-year for the first time in 24 months, with more growth expected after Japan hit the US, Australia’s biggest competitor, with a hefty tax hike. ...

Spam maker to expand factory and create 380 jobs

A subsidiary of Hormel Foods, the company behind canned meat Spam, plans to expand its manufacturing plant in Kansas, US, adding up to 380 jobs.

Meat export crisis averted as dockworkers agree contract extension

US meat exporters shipping goods through West Coast ports let out a sigh of relief after dockworkers extended contracts, putting to bed fears of crippling cargo delays. 

JBS hires former USDA food safety chief

Brazilian meatpacker JBS has appointed the former head of the US government’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to overhaul meat quality control, following earlier claims of unhygienic standards.

Tyson Foods condemns ‘misleading characterisation’

A report from environmental group Mighty Earth, which targeted Tyson Foods for allegedly heavily contributing towards a large ‘dead zone’ in the Gulf of Mexico, has been condemned by the...

Arkansas farmers embrace provenance technology

A group of livestock farmers from the US-state of Arkansas have adopted technology that will tell customers where their dinners originated. 

Brazil beef exports rising after meat scandal

Brazilian beef exports appear to be returning to pre-scandal levels, with global shipments up by nearly a third in July, according to new data.

Tyson Foods restructures to become more ‘agile’

One of the US’ leading meat producers, Tyson Foods, has restructured its organisation in an effort to support its growth strategy.